AP English Language and Composition Exam Free-Response Question and Scoring Information Archive

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2020 Exam: Free-Response Questions, Student Sample Responses, and Scoring Information
Prompts and Samples Scoring Commentaries Scoring Information

Prompt for Sample Packet 1 – Johnson

Sample Packet 1 – Johnson

Scoring Commentaries Packet 1 – Johnson

Scoring Guidelines – Johnson

Prompt for Sample Packet 2 – Kennedy

Sample Packet 2 – Kennedy
Scoring Commentaries Packet 2 – Kennedy

Scoring Guidelines – Kennedy

Prompt for Sample Packet 3 – Obama

Sample Packet 3 – Obama
Scoring Commentaries Packet 3 – Obama

Scoring Guidelines – Obama

Scoring Distributions
2019: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

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Chief Reader Report

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2018: Free-Response Questions
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2017: Free-Response Questions
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2016: Free-Response Questions
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2015: Free-Response Questions
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2014: Free-Response Questions
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2013: Free-Response Questions
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2012: Free-Response Questions
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2011: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

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2011: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

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2010: Free-Response Questions
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2010: Form B
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2009: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions

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2009: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions

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2008: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions

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2008: Form B
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2007: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions

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2007: Form B
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2006: Free-Response Questions
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2006: Form B
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2005: Free-Response Questions
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2005: Form B
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2004: Free-Response Questions
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2004: Form B
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2003: Free-Response Questions
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* Note: The third sample response has been replaced with the appropriate text (EE).

 

2003: Form B
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2002: Free-Response Questions
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Student Performance Q&A

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2002: Form B
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2001: Free-Response Questions
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Student Performance Q&A

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2000: Free-Response Questions
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Scoring Commentary

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1999: Free-Response Questions
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