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AP Lit exam breakdown?

Hello fellow stress-mates, I've got AP Lit this year and it's kinda freaking me out 😅 Does anyone know the types of questions or texts we'll be dealing with on the exam? Need to get my study plan in order so any advice or breakdowns would be super helpful!

8 months ago

Hey there! Totally understand that AP exams can be stress-inducing, but I'm here to help ease some of that anxiety. The AP Literature exam typically has a multiple-choice section and three types of essays: one analyzing a poetry passage, one analyzing a prose passage, and a free response where you'll discuss a specific theme, character, or element of a work of your choice from a given list.

For the multiple-choice, you’ll be looking at passages from various texts and answering questions on their content, meaning, and the author’s use of literary devices. The best advice I can offer is to not only read widely from the literature list, but to also practice dissecting and interpreting passages quickly. As for the essays, being able to closely read and analyze literature is key, so practicing with past prompts can give you a feel for what to expect.

Don't forget to check out the College Board's website for practice materials and the list of recommended authors and texts that frequently appear on the exam. You've got this—a structured study plan and plenty of practice will go a long way. Happy studying!

8 months ago

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