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.
45 questions 1hr 45% of Score
Excerpts from nonfiction texts are accompanied by several multiple-choice questions:
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:
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2021 AP English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions and Scoring Information
2021 AP English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions
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2021 AP English Language and Composition Scoring Guidelines
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2021 AP English Language and Composition Sample Responses Question 1
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2021 AP English Language and Composition Score Distributions
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