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AP Languages exam – using an MDS Mac laptop

What you’ll be doing is recording your voice using a Mac Laptop and the software Audacity. Below are some detailed instructions.

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Move the cursor to the bottom of the screen to see the Dock. Click on the Audacity icon – it’s the yellow waveform surrounded by a pair of headphones.


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Once the window open up, look for these buttons, top left. The one on the right will be the record button – click it to start recording.

DO NOT HIT STOP to stop recording – you are supposed to have it all in one file. It’s easiest to just hit the PAUSE button – the one on the left. Click it again to start recording again.

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To Export your recording as an MP3 select File menu –> Export Audio……


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  • The AP Exam instructions will give you the exact filename to use.
  • FORMAT: Select “MP3 Files”
  • Click the OPTIONS button

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These are the settings you’ll want to use:

  • Bit Rate Mode: Preset
  • Quality: Standard
  • Variable Speed: Standard
  • Channel mode: Joint Stereo
  • Click OK button


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Once you hit save you MAY see the metadata dialog. I suggest putting your AP ID number here.



IF you want to go ahead and burn the CD:

  • Place the blank CD in the drive.
  • Doubleclick the CD icon to open a window.
  • Drag the MP3 file into the CD window.
  • You should see a “burn” icon next to the CD name on the left side of the window. Click it.