2008 ap english language and composition free response essay sample

AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION The Exam

  • Wed, May 16, 2018

AP English Language and Composition Exam Day 2018

  • 8 a. m. | 3 hrs 15 mins

Exam Overview

The AP English Language and Composition Exam includes multiple-choice and free-response questions that test essential skills covered in the course curriculum:

  • reading comprehension of rhetorically and topically diverse texts
  • rhetorical analysis of individual texts in isolation
  • synthesis of information from multiple texts
  • written argumentation

Encourage your students to visit the AP English Language and Composition student page for exam information and exam practice.

Exam Format

Multiple Choice — 52 to 55 Questions | 1 Hour | 45% of Exam Score

  • Excerpts from non-fiction texts are accompanied by several multiple-choice questions

Section II

Free Response — 3 Free-Response Questions | 2 Hours, 15 Minutes (includes a 15-minute reading period) | 55% of Exam Score

This section has three prompts:

  • Synthesis: Students read several texts about a topic and create an argument that synthesizes at least three of the sources to support their thesis.
  • Rhetorical analysis: Students read a non-fiction text and analyze how the writer’s language choices contribute to his or her purpose and intended meaning for the text.
  • Argument: Students create an evidence-based argument that responds to a given topic.

The total Section II time is 2 hours and 15 minutes. This includes a 15-minute reading period. The reading period is designed to provide students with time to develop thoughtful, well-organized responses. They may begin writing their responses before the reading period is over.

AP English Language and Composition

Exam Practice

Exam Day 2018

Exam Resources

You can use the resources below as you prepare for the AP Exam.

Click here for details about the exam format.

Sample Questions

You’ll find sample multiple-choice and free-response questions in the AP English Language and Composition Course Description (.pdf/3.25MB).

Sample Responses

Student Responses to past exam free-response questions are available on AP Central.

Study Skills

Check out our Reading Study Skills and Writing Study Skills as you prepare for the exam.

Free Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines

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The following resources contain the remaining available Free Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines for the AP English Language and Composition Exam. To access the files below, you need to log into your College Board account. If you do not have a College Board account, you can create one by selecting ‘Sign In’ in the header and following the prompts to Sign-Up.

AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION The Exam

Important Updates

2017 Chief Reader Report Module
The Chief Reader for the 2017 AP English Literature and Composition exam provides a brief walkthrough of the highlights of their Chief Reader Report. In this presentation, David G. Miller of Mississippi College gives bite-sized overviews of each free-response question—how students performed, teaching tips for areas where students struggled, and a deeper understanding of the questions and results.

  • Wed, May 8, 2019

AP English Literature and Composition Exam Day 2019

  • 8 a. m. | 3 hrs

Exam Overview

The AP English Literature and Composition Exam uses multiple-choice questions and free-response prompts to test students’ skills in literary analysis of prose and verse texts.

The multiple choice section tests critical reading skills. Students read several passages and answer questions about the content, form, and style of each.

The free-response section tests students’ ability to analyze and interpret literary texts by composing clear and effective essays.

Encourage your students to visit the AP English Literature and Composition student page for exam information and exam practice.

Exam Format

Multiple Choice—55 Questions | 1 Hour | 45% of Exam Score

  • Includes excerpts from drama, verse, or prose fiction
  • Each excerpt is accompanied by several multiple-choice questions

Section II

Free Response—3 Free-Response Questions | 2 Hours | 55% of Exam Score

  • Students write essays that respond to three free-response prompts from the following categories:
    • A literary analysis of a given poem
    • A literary analysis of a given passage of prose fiction (this may include drama)
    • An analysis that examines a specific concept, issue, or element in a work of literary merit selected by the student