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Old 10-25-2012, 04:57 PM
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I have heard Singaporeans have a wonderful system called mother tongue. In addition to learning English, Singaporeans learn their own ethnic group's language, be it Chinese, Malay, or Tamil, at school.

In the United States, Spanish is the most common foreign language taught in high schools. Chinese is gaining momentum as well. Sadly, most American born Chinese can barely speak, not to mention write, Chinese as not every school offers Chinese, and it is optional even when offered.

However, the vast majority who take the AP Chinese test get a 5, the highest score possible, because there are so many Chinese born test takers.

The Chinese program in US public schools lasts for five years in secondary school, the Singapore equivalent of form 2 to form 6. I have in my possession an AP Chinese review book, and I wonder what grade level it is in Singapore's mother tongue Chinese.

I met a Hong Kong native who moved here in 7th grade, or Form 1, and took AP Chinese in 9th grade. He said the material was basically 6th grade in Hong Kong.

I met a Mainland Chinese who took a similar level test, the Chinese SAT, and said it was 4th grade level in Mainland China.

AP Chinese is the same as taking 4 years of Chinese at a college in the US.

So, Singaporeans out there, how does AP Chinese and mother tongue compare?
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