The AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam(Commonly known as AP Chinese) assesses interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication skills in Mandarin Chinese, as well as the knowledge of Chinese culture. The AP Chinese Exam is approximately lasts 2 hours and 15 minutes, which consists of 4 sections: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
The Listening section is worth 25% of the total score for AP Chinese exam. To do well on this section, you should practice listening in many methods and listen to many Chinese resources. You can find lots of the resources on Internet just like Chinese radio, Chinese TV shows. Chatting with native speakers is really a good and effective way to improve both listening and speaking skills. Instead of learning by yourself, talking with some Chinese friend and ask their suggestions to choose some useful textbook, and then listen to the materials is also an excellent way to improve your listening skills.
The Reading part is also worth 25% of the total score. There are 35 or 40 questions in a multiple-choice in this section. If you want to get a high score in this part, you should build a good reading habit and improve your reading speed. Also during the test you'd better find out the main ideas of the passage. Not only to understand mostly the meaning, you should also know the literal idea and the key point of the passage.
To write an essay is a highly subjective task. You should write in complete sentences. You should read the requests of the test carefully, set up a theme, and stay on topic then continue work on the topic. Remember that this section also has time limited so changing the topic in the middle is not a good idea.
In order to speak Chinese fluently, you need to practice speaking as much as possible. Taking with native speakers is always a good way to improve your speaking skill. If you visit China, that would help you a lot. You will meet lots of nice friends and practice your Chinese anytime you want. You can also know more Chinese culture which is also very important for AP Chinese.
Speaking, writing, reading, and listening are four main parts of learning language. Improving one skill can heighten the other three. Having good study habits and learning to use highly active test-taking skills can help you improve your final score.