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How is the AP Comp score calculated?

Hi there! I've been studying for the AP Comp exam, but I'm not exactly sure about how the scoring works. Could someone explain the scoring system for this test? It would really help me out when I'm taking practice exams and trying to gauge my progress.

7 months ago

Hello! I'm happy to clarify the scoring system for the AP Comp exam, which is formally known as AP English Language and Composition. The overall AP Comp exam score is calculated by combining the multiple-choice section and the free-response section scores.

1. Multiple-Choice Section: This section has 45 questions, and you have one hour to complete it. The questions test your ability to analyze and interpret various texts, as well as your understanding of rhetorical and stylistic strategies. Your raw score is calculated based on the number of correct answers. There is no penalty for incorrect answers, so feel free to make educated guesses if you're unsure about a particular question. This raw score is then converted to a scaled score using the College Board's scoring chart for the multiple-choice section, which varies slightly each year.

2. Free-Response Section: This section consists of three essays, and you have two hours and 15 minutes in total to complete it. Each essay is scored on a scale of 0 to 9 by AP readers. The three essay types are the synthesis essay, rhetorical analysis essay, and an argumentative essay. After readers score your essays, the scores for each essay are added together to create your raw free-response score.

3. Composite Score: To calculate the composite score, first, your multiple-choice scaled score is multiplied by 0.45, and your free-response raw score is multiplied by 0.55. These weighted scores are then added together to get the composite score, which typically ranges from 0 to 135 (approximately).

4. Final AP Score: The composite score is then converted to the final AP score, which is on a scale of 1 to 5. The specific conversion chart may vary each year, but in general, a 5 corresponds to about 110 or higher, a 4 corresponds to about 78-109, a 3 corresponds to about 60-77, a 2 corresponds to about 40-59, and a 1 corresponds to below 40.

I hope this helps clarify the scoring process for the AP Comp exam! Definitely keep this in mind as you take practice exams and monitor your progress. Good luck with your studying!

7 months ago

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