AP English Language and Composition
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The AP English Language and Composition Exam will test your understanding of the literary concepts covered in the course units, as well as your ability to analyze texts and develop written arguments based on your interpretations.
Starting April 8, you can try out the test-day experience, by answering example questions in the digital testing application. See the Digital Practice page for general information about practice options.
AP English Language and Composition students will have two options to answer example questions in the digital testing application. Both provide approximately the same time limit per question as the full exam.
We highly recommend you take the Digital Practice, and strongly advise that if you can’t take the Digital Practice, at least take the App Demo. Both can be taken multiple times, and can be accessed directly in the digital testing application. You can access your answers and solution materials (MCQ answer key, FRQ scoring guidelines) for the Digital Practice. Note: Taking the App Demo after completing Digital Practice may override your answers from Digital Practice.
You should be aware of some aspects of testing digitally that you’ll encounter–in the Digital Practice and on exam day:
Wed, May 12, 2021,
8 AM Local
This is the Administration 1 date for the AP English Language and Composition Exam.
Wed, May 26, 2021,
12 PM EDT
This is the Administration 2 date for the AP English Language and Composition Exam.
Mon, Jun 7, 2021,
12 PM EDT
This is the Administration 3 date for the AP English Language and Composition Exam.
Note on 2021 Exams
Both the paper and digital versions of the AP English Language and Composition Exam will be full length, containing the typical multiple-choice and free-response sections and covering the full range of skills and knowledge specified in the course and exam description.
There are differences between the paper and digital versions of some 2021 AP Exams, and those variations differ by course. The information below applies to AP English Language and Composition only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.
45 questions 1hr 45% of Score
Excerpts from nonfiction texts are accompanied by several multiple-choice questions:
For digital exams, please note that Reading and Writing sets will appear in a different order on the paper and pencil and digital exams:
3 questions 2hrs 15mins 55% of Score
The 2 hour and 15 minute time limit for this section includes a 15-minute reading period.
In the free-response section, you’ll respond to three questions with written answers. This section tests your skill in composition in three areas:
Please note: FRQs will be presented in a different order on paper and pencil and digital exams, as follows:
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2021 AP English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions
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AP English Language and Composition Exam Free-Response Question and Scoring Information Archive
Review free-response questions, sample student responses, and scoring guidelines from past exams.