9 Practice Test Resources for the 2024 AP Chinese Exam

Practicing is important if you want the best chance of getting a good score on the AP Chinese exam.

To help you prepare for the test, I’ve gathered some of the most helpful AP Chinese practice test resources below.


1. College Board’s AP Central


Price: Free

Available on: Website

College Board’s AP Central is one of the best resources online for AP exam preparation.

Aside from featuring the questions that are more likely to show up on the test, it also gives you a good idea of what the actual exam will feel like—minus the pressure. You’ll learn about general exam policies, accommodations, exam tips, scoring guidelines and even services for those who have disabilities, among other useful information.

For added practice, you can also refer to past exam questions.

2. Varsity Tutors


Price: Free (requires sign-up)

Available on: Website

Varsity Tutors’ AP Chinese practice test is just 10 questions long (covering vocabulary, grammar and reading comprehension), but it gives you a good idea of what the actual exam will feel like.

For starters, once you finish the exam, you’ll get information on how long it took you to complete each question and the test overall. You can also see how long other users took to answer the same questions and what percentage of users got each question right. This way, you’ll see how you’re faring against other potential examinees.

You’ll also know how many answers you got right and detailed explanations on the correct answers, as well as the difficulty level of each question.

3. Albert.io


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Available on: Website

Albert.io’s simulated exams are designed to help you practice your language skills in a relevant context.

The tests are broken down into four main categories, which are indicated using boxes that have graphic representations and brief descriptions of each topic. These categories, in turn, are broken down into subcategories. This makes it easier to concentrate on the themes that you feel you need to work on.

The questions are multiple-choice, and they’re labeled based on their difficulty level (easy, moderate and difficult). They also feature either a reading passage (in both simplified and traditional Chinese) or a listening passage, so you can easily practice these major language skills.

Once you answer a question, you’ll receive a detailed explanation (both in Chinese and English) of what the correct answer was and why. You’ll also get a vocabulary list you can use for further review.

4. Shmoop


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Available on: Website

If you subscribe to Shmoop, you’ll be able to access a whole host of AP Chinese learning resources—from 500-word vocab lists to test strategies and (of course) practice exams.

Shmoop’s full-length practice exams include a diagnostic test designed to help you find your weak points right off the bat. There are also 95 drill questions with answer keys to help you understand the material in more detail.

Plus, Shmoop has a more playful vibe compared to the other resources on this list, so your practice isn’t likely to feel boring.

5. Quizlet


Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

Available on: iOS | Android

Quizlet offers a wide variety of ways to prepare for the AP practice test. You can use vocabulary sets in quiz form, as flashcards, for writing practice, for listening/spelling practice and even for learning games.

There’s also a nice selection of different themes. For instance, the vocabulary set of idioms could help you learn key phrases that will make you more proficient in Chinese.

Also, you can make your own quizzes, allowing you to practice whatever vocabulary you think you might need for the AP test. Alternatively, you can look up quizzes and study materials made by other users instead.

6. Cheng & Tsui’s Strive for a 5

Strive For a 5: AP Chinese Practice Tests (Cheng & Tsui Ap Preparation Series) (English and Chinese Edition)

“Strive for a 5” is chock-full of powerful learning materials, including downloadable audio MP3s.

The tests also feature the sorts of themes you’re likely to find on the AP test, such as economics, customs, geography and more.

Best of all, the questions come with answer keys to help you score and gauge what you’re good at and what needs improvement.

7. Barron’s AP Chinese Language and Culture Premium

AP Chinese Language and Culture Premium, Fourth Edition: 2 Practice Tests + Comprehensive Review + Online Audio (Barron's AP)

Barron’s AP Chinese Language and Culture Premium claims to be “the only book you’ll need to be prepared for exam day.” While I don’t entirely agree with that statement, I will say that this is one of the few textbooks that comes close to covering everything you need to prepare for the AP Chinese exam.

Aside from the four major language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking), this book also features a ton of cultural notes for all six units of the test.

Plus, the Listening and Speaking sections come with audio that simulate these parts of the exam. You can download the audio online per the instructions laid out in the book.

8. 5 Steps to a 5: AP Chinese Language and Culture

5 Steps to a 5: AP Chinese Language and Culture with MP3 disk, Third Edition (5 Steps to A 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations)

This book includes two complete practice exams, a detailed overview of the AP Chinese test and an audio CD with files in MP3 format.

You’ll also find traditional and simplified versions of the Chinese characters used throughout the book, which is a nice touch.

In my experience, the exams featured in this book are much tougher than the real thing, which may or may not be a dealbreaker for you.

How to Get the Most Out of Chinese AP Practice Tests Resources

Use a variety of AP Chinese practice tests. As you’ve seen, every practice test has different questions, vocabulary and takes on the exam. Taking multiple tests could give you a broader perspective on what you could expect from the real thing.

Start taking practice tests well ahead of schedule. If you start taking practice tests the night before the exam, you might end up stressing over all the studying you still have to do.

But if you start taking practice tests, say, at least a few weeks before, you’ll have room to work on any issues or areas you’re not fully comfortable with. For instance, you may realize you need to build your Chinese vocabulary, improve your knowledge of tricky grammar rules or fine-tune your listening skills.

Take tests frequently. If you take tests often, you can get a good handle on the format of the real thing, allowing you to focus on the material rather than the exam itself.

Supplement your studies with other materials. Yes, it’s useful to take practice exams. But studying with other resources will help you to expand your horizons and keep you from burning out at the same time. For example, you can try a language learning platform like FluentU.

These AP Chinese practice tests can be a great way to prepare for the AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam.

Happy testing!

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