Ap English Essay Questions Ap Exam

You can use the resources below as you prepare for the AP Exam.

Click here for details about the exam format.

Sample Questions

You’ll find sample multiple-choice and free-response questions in the AP English Language and Composition Course Description(.pdf/3.25MB).

Sample Responses

Student Responses to past exam free-response questions are available on AP Central.

Study Skills

Check out our Reading Study Skills and Writing Study Skills as you prepare for the exam.

Free Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines

2012

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Free Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines: login

The following resources contain the remaining available Free Response Questions and Scoring Guidelines for the AP English Language and Composition Exam. To access the files below, you need to log into your College Board account. If you do not have a College Board account, you can create one by selecting ‘Sign In’ in the header and following the prompts to Sign-Up.

2017

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2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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2011

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2010

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2009

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2008

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2007

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The exam is 3 hours and 15 minutes long and has two sections — multiple choice and free-response. The multiple choice section is worth 45% and the free-response section is worth 55% of the final Exam Score. 

Section I: Multiple Choice | 52 to 55 questions | 1 hour | 45% of Exam Score

Excerpts from non-fiction texts are accompanied by several multiple-choice questions.


Section II: Free-response | 2 hours and 15 minutes (includes a 15-minute reading period) | 3 Free-Response Questions | 55% of Exam Score

This section tests your skill in composition in three areas:

  • Synthesis: After reading several texts about a topic, you will compose an argument that combines and cites at least three of the sources to support your thesis.
  • Rhetorical analysis: You will read a non-fiction text and analyze how the writer’s language choices contribute to the intended meaning and purpose of the text.
  • Argument: You will create an evidence-based argument that responds to a given topic.

 

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