The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to help students become skilled readers and writers of prose. The best way to prepare for the multiple choice section of this test is to work through as many practice questions as possible. Get started on your test prep right now with our collection of free AP English Language practice tests.
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AP English Language & Composition Exam
The AP English Language and Composition exam is 3 hours and 15 minutes long consists of multiple choice and free-response sections. You will have 60 minutes to answer the multiple choice questions. Then you will have a 15 minute reading period to read the sources for the synthesis essay and to plan your response and 120 minutes to write your essays.
The AP English Language and Composition multiple choice questions are designed to test your skill in analyzing the rhetoric of prose passages. There are 23-25 reading questions where you will analyze nonfiction texts, as well as 20-22 writing questions where you are to decide on revisions to a text. The multiple choice section will count for 45% of your overall score.
The free response section of the test consists of 3 essay questions and counts for 55% of your overall score. The first essay is the synthesis essay, in which you will need to write a persuasive argument using at least 3 of the provided sources to illustrate and support your argument. The next essay requires analysis of rhetoric and style in selected prose passages. The final essay is an argumentative essay in response to a given topic. The 3 essays each count for a third of your grade on the free-response section, so you are encouraged to spend 40 minutes on each of them.
To prepare for this challenging exam be sure to complete at least one AP English Language and Composition practice exam. You can get started now with our free practice questions.