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
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.
Multiple Choice — 52 to 55 Questions | 1 Hour | 45% of Exam Score
- Excerpts from non-fiction texts are accompanied by several multiple-choice questions
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
What makes this course interesting?
- Strengthen the effectiveness of your writing through close reading and frequent practice at applying rhetorical strategies, analyzing information from source texts, and writing arguments
- Become a critical reader of predominantly nonfiction works, including expository, argumentative, analytical, and personal texts from various authors and time periods
Keep an “assertion journal” in which given a quote, you will analyze and evaluate a writer’s assertion
Conduct research on a topic and then use that information to create your own argument or assertion about the topic
Participate in a roundtable discussion in which you’ll present research and examine key questions on an assigned topic
Learn about the elements that define effective argument and composition through the critical analysis and interpretation of complex texts.
Understand the interactions among a writer’s purpose, audience, subject, and genre and how each of these contributes to effective writing. Enhance your own writing skills and understand better each stage of the writing process as you develop expository, analytical, and argumentative compositions.
AP English Language and Composition
Exam Day 2019
You can use the resources below as you prepare for the AP Exam.
Click here for details about the exam format.
You’ll find sample multiple-choice and free-response questions in the AP English Language and Composition Course Description (.pdf/3.25MB).
Student Responses to past exam free-response questions are available on AP Central.
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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