10 Resources Your AP French Students Need to Succeed Come Exam Day

Prepare your students for the AP French Exam, and you’ll prepare them for a brighter future.

By excelling on the exam, your students can set a great foundation for their own success.

Colleges love applicants who challenge themselves.

Not to mention, the exam is a way for your students to get college credit before college!

However, the AP French Exam definitely is quite the challenge and requires lots of preparation and practice.

With this in mind, you’ll need to make sure that the resources you’re using to get your students ready for the test are truly top-notch.

Fear not: We’ve compiled the ultimate resource guide to boost your students’ chances of scoring a 5 on D-day!


AP Central

This is your obvious stop for official information about the AP French Language and Culture Exam. The College Board website includes numerous data on the exam that you can share with your students.

It features documents that you can use as a reference to prepare and correct mock exams, such as scoring guidelines per section, exam audio prompts that you can play during a mock test and actual past exam questions with sample answers.

Check out the College Board’s very comprehensive guide to the AP French Exam so you know how to best prepare your students for the test, and feel free to recommend the document to your students so that they know exactly what to expect on test day.

Lastly, don’t forget to review this College Board PDF presentation detailing results from the 2014 AP French Exam, including students’ common errors. That’s right, the ultimate insider information—you’re welcome.


The AP French Exam Wikipedia page is a non-official but great resource for familiarizing yourself (and your students!) with the exam.

As always when using Wikipedia, you should be aware that not all the information may always be or stay 100% accurate, but essentially, all the basic facts about the exam format, success rates and reference links to check should be listed right here.

Think of it as a basic outline to follow orally when you introduce the exam to your students, to give them a general idea of how it works. It’s perfect for teachers who are pressed for time and want to get straight to the point.

Pearson’s “Une fois pour toutes”

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This is the ultimate resource to prepare your students efficiently for the AP French Exam—it’s a book that you’ve got to recommend and use with them! Pearson’s “Une fois pour toutes” is a fantastic tool to go over grammar essentials and practice for the exam.

The book is available as a print and a digital textbook and is a must for grammar review. It features 12 detailed grammar lessons complete with charts, explanations and various corrected exercises to practice each point.

Each lesson includes two tests, one for pre-testing and another for post-testing, which makes it easy for students to evaluate their level thoroughly. The book also includes vocabulary points, speaking, writing and role-playing activities that you can use in the classroom.

A great way to incorporate this book into your classes is to study a grammar point together. If you opt for this activity, make it interactive: Select a news article (more on sources for this below!), highlight a relevant grammar point and let students help each other with any questions they may have about it.

For those who are more comfortable with the point, let them answer their peers’ questions directly! Sometimes, their answers are better than ours (or than the textbook, for that matter): They are usually simpler and reflect their own understanding of what to watch out for to avoid making a mistake.


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FluentU is a convenient resource for teaching language students of any level, but is ideal for dipping into targeted topics and vocabulary for AP exam study.

FluentU takes authentic videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language lessons.


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This is a paying website, but it’s well worth the investment. K12 offers a comprehensive course with a wide range of materials aimed at the AP French Language and Culture Exam.

This course is designed specifically for preparing students for the AP French Exam: If you’re searching for ideas for designing lessons, this is a great resource for you!

The course is based on the six themes required by the College Board—global challenges, science and technology, contemporary life, personal and public identities, families and communities and beauty and aesthetics—and makes it easy to see exactly what material you should be bringing to the classroom.

It’s also a great resource to find explanations of language structures in context.

The course replicates an authentic immersion experience: All content is in French. The method used focuses on the development of fluency to convey meaning and improve communication skills—just what’s expected on the exam.

Use the course as needed to encourage and monitor students’ opinions, comments and questions about the AP French Exam: Your subscription gives you access to the K12 forum, so feel free to use it to address any concerns with your students or bring your own perspective to common issues that your class may run into.

AP French Pinterest Board

If you’re looking for catchy, highly-visual elements to help your AP students prepare more effectively for the exam, this Pinterest board is the resource you’ve been looking for all along!

Compiled by French teacher Ginger Hansen, this fantastic board features approximately 300 Pins that can all serve as invaluable teaching material for AP French teachers.

Pins are varied in format and content, and range from technical infographics to vocabulary and idioms boards, links to insightful grammar articles, study tips and more.

Browse through the board to find the Pins that work best for you and your curriculum. Feel free to print your favorite ones and hand them out to your students when you study certain points.

Another great strategy is to print them on larger sheets and put them on your classroom’s walls: Seeing material on a regular basis can help your students memorize the content without much effort.

While the content is designed for AP students, displaying it in your classroom can be beneficial to both AP and non-AP students: Educational images and posters are a great way for all your learners to get stimulated and review the language at a glance.

Le Cahier du FLE

This website offers a wide range of informative resources that can help prepare your students for the cultural part of the exam.

Exclusively in French, it provides numerous lexicon charts, fact-rich cultural boards, useful videos and theme-based files covering essential aspects of French lifestyle, history and society.

Browse through the site to find inspiration for your next class. Lessons focus on specific themes, are ordered by level and detail linguistic and communication objectives. They also incorporate a lengthy outline to help you direct your courses, including documents, appropriate questions, activity ideas, vocabulary and discussion-starters.

Pearson’s “AP French: Preparing for the Language and Culture Examination”

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This is another great resource from Pearson: It exists both as a print and a digital version. Choose the latter to make your lessons more interactive, but you can’t go wrong with books to prepare for the exam!

Pearson’s “AP French” provides a complete guide to prepare your students for the exam. Beyond the numerous corrected exercises compiled, it includes the material’s transcripts both as e-text and as embedded audio links, making it perfect for both self- and collective-testing practice activities.

Besides testing all four skills (listening, reading, writing, speaking), the open nature of the digital version makes it easy for teachers to monitor the progress of their students. Aside from accessing tools to manage your class and assign speaking and writing activities, you can organize remote speaking assessments using RealTalk, grade students’ activities, homework and tests and communicate with students via Pearson’s digital teacher center.

At the same time, students can access the platform through their own digital center where they can access your tests. It’s free for all teachers to use, but Pearson charges a small fee for students, so discuss before you commit to using this resource. However, it’s a worthwhile investment.

Le Monde

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If you’re looking for real, topical content to build your lessons around and prepare your students for the exam, the Le Monde website is the way to go.

Let’s start by stating the obvious: You just can’t go more authentic than that! Le Monde is the French equivalent of The New York Times, and features well-written, thought-provoking news articles from the French-speaking world.

With in-depth content, fact-rich infographics, blogs and Plantu’s infamous cartoons and caricatures, Le Monde provides a gateway to plenty of content that you can bring to the classroom. You have the option to subscribe or browse the website for free, based on your goals and interests.

You can include some articles and visual content in your AP French classroom and utilize them as a “coffee news” activity, in which your students absorb the material and discuss it together. Beyond the analysis component, encourage them to highlight potential solutions and focus on a historical and global perspective.

For example, if you choose an article that discusses France’s education system, your students should look into some background and elements of comparison on the subject—including an overall idea of the education framework in France and the U.S., key stats and an understanding of the challenges surrounding and potential reforms designed to change the system.

Courrier International

Courrier International is a highly-respected weekly French magazine that can help you curate insightful material to prepare your students for the AP exam. It brings forth a global, cultural perspective on major news in France and abroad.

While entirely in French, the publication sources diverse news content from countries all over the world on a specific French or global issue. All non-French content is translated into French, making it perfect for making cultural comparisons and forming an informed opinion on a topical matter.

Due to the wealth of content, this is a great resource for creating a “reversed” mini debate activity on a specific theme using real-time news sources.

For example, if Courrier International’s latest issue discusses the Pope’s visit to the United States, ask your students to form an opinion on whether or not “the Pope’s visit can help revive Christianity worldwide.” Start by asking your students to share with you their actual opinion, and then “reverse” it: If their answer is positive, they should present arguments that back the opposition, and vice versa. Limit their speaking time to two minutes, and ask all students to make a presentation individually.

Build on the resources above to ready your students for the exam and to make class time more effective than ever!

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