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Important Updates

Support for Students and Schools Impacted by Coronavirus
In response to school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re providing free, live AP online classes and review lessons. We’ll also offer at-home testing for 2020 AP Exams. Note that any related adjustments to 2020 AP Exams, such as length or content covered, may not be reflected on all AP Central pages. Visit Taking the Exams for the latest exam information.

AP Spanish Literature and Culture Updates and New Resources for 2019-20
To help more students prepare for—and succeed on—the AP Spanish Literature and Culture Exam, we’ve clarified the course’s focus starting with the 2019-20 school year and are introducing new resources for your classroom. We’ve also moved exam registration to the fall, a best practice that improves students’ chances of earning college credit and placement.

Download the new course and exam description (CED)

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Course Overview

AP Spanish Literature is equivalent to a college level introductory survey course of literature written in Spanish. Students continue to develop their interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational skills in Spanish language as well as critical reading and analytical writing as they explore short stories, novels, plays, essays, and poetry from Spain, Latin America, and U.S. Hispanic authors along with other non-required texts.

Course Content

The course framework provides a clear and detailed description of the course requirements necessary for student success. It specifies what students must know, be able to do, and understand, with a focus on course skills, required texts, and themes that encompass core principles and theories of the discipline. The framework also encourages instruction that prepares students for advanced literature courses in Spanish and other college/university humanities courses by building skills in critical reading and literary analysis and contextualizing literary works within historical, geopolitical, sociocultural, and cultural contexts.

The AP Spanish Literature and Culture framework is organized into eight commonly taught units of study that provide one possible sequence for the course. As always, you have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.


Unit 1: La época medieval

Unit 2: El siglo XVI

Unit 3: El siglo XVII

Unit 4: La literatura romántica, realista y naturalista

Unit 5: La Generación del 98 y el Modernismo

Unit 6: Teatro y poesía del siglo XX

Unit 7: El Boom latinoamericano

Unit 8: Escritores contemporáneos de Estados Unidos, y España

Course Skills

The updated AP Spanish Literature and Culture framework included in the course and exam description outlines distinct skills that students should practice throughout the year—skills that will help them learn to think like literary critics and speak Spanish proficiently.



1. Analysis

Analyze and/or interpret literary texts and audio sources in the target language

2. Cultural Context and Connections

Make connections between a literary text and a non-literary text or an aspect of culture

3. Comparing Literary Texts

Compare literary texts

4. Comparing Texts and Art

Compare a how a theme is developed in a text and in a work of art

5. Argumentation

Develop an effective argument when writing a literary analysis

6. Language and Conventions

Use accurate language for literary analysis, and apply appropriate conventions of written language

7. Literary Discussions and Presentations

Engage in discussions about literary texts in the target language

AP and Higher Education

Higher education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Education site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.

This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy Search.

Meet the Development Committee for AP Spanish Literature and Culture.