2009 ap english literature and composition free-response sample essays

2009 ap english literature and composition free-response sample essays

AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION The Exam

Important Updates

Secure Exam for Classroom Use
A secure 2018 AP English Literature and Composition Exam is available on the AP Course Audit website. To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account, and click on the Secure Documents link in the Resources section of your Course Status page.

  • 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

AP English Literature and Composition Downloads

AP English Literature and Composition Exam Questions and Scoring Information

Looking for sample multiple-choice and free-response questions? You can find them in:

The Course Description (.pdf/2.21MB), which has everything you need to know about the course and exam.

An AP English Literature Exam from 2012, previously available as a secure resource only through your AP Course Audit account. Since this exam is now publicly available, you can use the questions without restriction.

And for free-response questions from prior exams, along with scoring information, check out the tables below.

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The AP English Literature and Composition Exam

More About English Literature and Composition.

An English exam that included literature and composition was among the first AP offerings in 1956. In 1980, separate exams in AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition were offered for the first time.

For sample multiple-choice questions, refer to the Course Description.
AP English Course Description (.pdf/670K)

Below are free-response questions from past English Literature and Composition Exams. Included with the questions are scoring guidelines, sample student responses, and commentary on those responses, as well as exam statistics and the Chief Reader’s Report for past administrations.

Note about «Form B» Exams
Prior to the May 2012 exam administration, for selected AP subjects, another version of the exam called «Form B» was administered outside of North, Central, and South America.

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