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Self Studying AP French?

blabbermouthblabbermouth Registered User Posts: 820 Member
edited July 2010 in World Languages
Does anyone have any prior experience of self studying AP French Lang? I know it is a really hard exam, like any other Foreign Language but since they won't be offering it at my school. I thought I could self study it. What do you guys think?
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Replies to: Self Studying AP French?

  • CranberryOrangeCranberryOrange Registered User Posts: 931 Member
    How long have you taken French? How proficient are you? As long as you find ease with speaking, reading, and writing, there's little reason not to take it. Just take some practices and see how well you do. I've never self studied for an AP, but had my school not offered AP French I would have.
  • bobtheboybobtheboy Registered User Posts: 2,216 Senior Member
    I also want to do it, starting from this summer and taking the AP test not next year, but senior year (I am currently a sophomore, next year junior). I have no experience besides 1st and 2nd grade, which counts for nothing. Is it possible?
  • karaokemachinekaraokemachine Registered User Posts: 910 Member
    Il est absolutement possible. Mon prof d'AP francais ne nous a rien appris, alors je devais faire beaucoup d'apprenant moi-meme (lisant le livre "Barrons," repondant aux questions de reponses libres sur le site de College Board, regardant les films francais, etcetera).

    A repondre a la question, si vous avez des techniques confidantes de parlant (par exemple, si vous avez deja pris deux or trois ans du francais au lycee), et vous etes capable de depenser vos temps a regarder religieusement les emissions francais/ecouter la musique francais (pour l'ecoutant et le parlant), vous serez d'accord, a mon avis. La grammaire et l'ecriture, vous pouvez le practiquer vous-meme, et vous pouvez lire des articles francais sur Internet pour le comprehension de lisant.

    Mais, vous devez savoir que le "curve" est extremement difficile (126-160 ou 78.75% pour un 5) parce qu'il y a plusieurs d'etudiants natals qui prennent l'examen aussi. Si vous voulez faire toutes ces choses, vous devez commencer maintenant. Pours ces examens de langue, il ne faut pas qu'on perde ses temps!

    Je souhaite que mes opinions et experiences puissent vous aider.
  • karaokemachinekaraokemachine Registered User Posts: 910 Member
    Aussi, je prendrai l'examen demain. Je pense que j'aille etre un peu decue si je ne recevrai pas un 5 parce que j'ai fait beaucoup d'efforts sur cet examen, si massifs que je n'ai pas etudie assez pour mon examen de l'histoire europeenne vendredi...
  • NonexistentNonexistent Registered User Posts: 234 Junior Member
    I have actually been told that taking a placement test in college might be a cheaper and more useful alternative to taking the AP Exam, since it's so difficult and taking the college placement test can possibly give you more credit than taking the exam.

    I do think, however, that it would be possible to teach yourself AP French for next
    year if you really want to, especially if you already understand karaokemachine's posts and felt the urge to add all the missing accents like I did. :)
  • ModelCX8ModelCX8 Registered User Posts: 146 Junior Member
    I can understand what karaokemachine wrote.. but it took me awhile to process. I would say a good 10 min. I probably wouldn't be able to write that myself without extensive thought.

    I would be in a bad position to take the AP exam, huh? lol. And this is with 3 years of French :/
  • Jersey13Jersey13 Registered User Posts: 4,622 Senior Member
    Je ne sais pas.

    Something I remember from middle school French
  • pbbuffpbbuff Registered User Posts: 298 Junior Member
    Taking the french AP test WITHOUT a teacher to help you is a very bad idea. You need somebody to teach you pronunciation, advanced phrases, look over your essays, etc.

    Sure, you can learn how to conjugate verbs, increase your vocabulary and thus your reading comprehension, and improve your listening without a teacher, but it will be very difficult. It's not a typical test that you can self study for.

    Unless you are a native speaker I recommend against taking it. If you can't read what karaoke you definitely need to study a bit more before considering taking the test.
  • blabbermouthblabbermouth Registered User Posts: 820 Member
    I could actually understand what he said. (of course not every single detail, but I got it)
    1) Im only in French II
    2) Next year I'll be in French III (Sophomore)
    3) I'll only be taking it in Junior year
    4) I can still go to my French teacher for help, the only reason they won't have it is because not enough people will sign up for it
    5) Im really good in French and I akm fluent in Portuguese so that kinda helps with the grammar
    6) What do you think now?
  • karaokemachinekaraokemachine Registered User Posts: 910 Member
    ^Mdr, je suis une fille.
    Si tu pourrais depenser le temps *chaque jour a apprendre le francais, je pense que tu puisse le faire. Quelle note veux-tu sur l'examen?
  • blabbermouthblabbermouth Registered User Posts: 820 Member
    Je veux bien un cinq, mais mes amis qui ont deja pris l'examen on m'a dit que l'examen est tres tres difficile. Ais j'aime bien le francais, et maintenant, je ne sais pas quoi faire. (btw, that's with two years of French :) )
  • karaokemachinekaraokemachine Registered User Posts: 910 Member
    Je pense que tu doive avoir le texte de Barrons et peut-etre un livre de francais 3 ou 4 (pour le grammaire/tenses des verbes). Si tu es discipline, tu reuissiras :)

    Aussi, il est bon que tu maintiennes un journal en francais. C'est tres utile pour l'ecriture.
  • alliemnalliemn Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    karaokemachine, i didnt study for euro either!! because i was too busy studying for french, which means more to me
  • karaokemachinekaraokemachine Registered User Posts: 910 Member
    ^ I wish I was as confident as you for the French. I think I got a 4 :(
    Now it's time to get crack-a-lackin' on the Euro!
  • alliemnalliemn Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    a 4 is really good!! and yeah im just accepting that euro is not going to turn out well
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