Students will be tested on listening (25%), reading (25 %), writing (25%) and Speaking (25%) and are required to learn their language skills across the three communicative modes.
- Interpersonal Mode (30%): involves spontaneous two-way interaction and an active negotiation of meaning between two or more people, such as conversing face-to-face or exchanging written correspondence.
- Interpretive Mode (40%): requires interpreting a broad range of written and oral texts. This requires the student has exposure to contextualized language and written materials in Chinese.
- Presentational Mode (40%): requires the speaking proficiency to create a appropriate speech or report, produce a newscast or video, and narrate personal experiences and current events in a coherent fashion with comprehensible pronunciation and intonation.
Note: The AP Chinese exam is an computer-based example which takes around 2 hours and 15 min. All the reading , listening, writing, speaking will be with the computer through reading on the screen, listen through headphones, typing using the keyboard and speaks into a microphone. There are both Traditional and Simplified mode of Chinese display. Students have two options for typing Chinese text. The available input methods are the Microsoft Pinyin IME (MSPY ), which is based on Hanyu Pinyin, and the Microsoft New Phonetic IME, which is based on Zhuyin Fuhao (Bopomofo).