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What’s the structure of the AP English Exam?

Okay, sooo I’ve been prepping for my AP Exams and AP English is kinda freaking me out. Can someone break down what’s actually on the AP English exam for me? I know there’s a writing part but what else? How can I best prepare for the different sections?

8 months ago

Absolutely, I'd be happy to help clarify the structure of the AP English exams for you! First, it's important to note that there are two AP English exams: AP English Language and Composition, commonly known just as AP English Language, and AP English Literature and Composition, often referred to as AP English Literature. Both exams have a focus on reading comprehension and writing, but they have different emphases.

The AP English Language exam primarily assesses students' abilities to analyze and argue effectively in writing. It consists of a multiple-choice section and a free-response section. In the multiple-choice section, you'll face questions related to passages that you have to read and analyze on the spot. For the free-response section, you'll have to craft essays that demonstrate your ability to construct a well-reasoned argument, analyze rhetoric, and synthesize information from provided sources. On the other hand, the AP English Literature exam focuses more on literary analysis. Its structure is similar with a multiple-choice section based on prose and poetry analysis, and a free-response section where you'll write essays that analyze literary texts.

For preparation, I recommend regularly practicing with past exam questions and writing essays under timed conditions. This helps with your analytical skills and timing. For the multiple-choice questions, work on close reading strategies and understanding the author's use of language. And for essays, focus on organizing your thoughts quickly and effectively presenting your argument. There are plenty of resources available, including review books and online materials from the College Board. Keep up with your readings and practice, and you'll be in a strong position to do well! Remember, it's also about how well you can manage your time during the test, so practice is key.

8 months ago

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