Exam Day 2017
Wed, May 10, 8 a.m.
3 hours, 15 minutes
The AP English Language and Composition Exam includes multiple-choice and free-response questions that test essential skills covered in the course curriculum:
- reading comprehension of rhetorically and topically diverse texts
- rhetorical analysis of individual texts in isolation
- synthesis of information from multiple texts
- written argumentation
Encourage your students to visit the AP English Language and Composition student page for exam information and exam practice.
Access online score reports for your students.
Multiple Choice — 52 to 55 Questions | 1 Hour | 45% of Exam Score
- Excerpts from non-fiction texts are accompanied by several multiple-choice questions
Free Response — 3 Free-Response Questions | 2 Hours, 15 Minutes (includes a 15-minute reading period) | 55% of Exam Score
This section has three prompts:
- Synthesis: Students read several texts about a topic and create an argument that synthesizes at least three of the sources to support their thesis.
- Rhetorical analysis: Students read a non-fiction text and analyze how the writer's language choices contribute to his or her purpose and intended meaning for the text.
- Argument: Students create an evidence-based argument that responds to a given topic.
The total Section II time is 2 hours and 15 minutes. This includes a 15-minute reading period. The reading period is designed to provide students with time to develop thoughtful, well-organized responses. They may begin writing their responses before the reading period is over.
This AP Exam formats document (.pdf/114 KB) shows how this year's format compares to last year's.
Exam Questions and Scoring Information
Looking for sample multiple-choice and free-response questions? You can find them in:
The Course Description (.pdf/3.25MB), which has everything you need to know about the course and exam.
A full practice exam on AP Course Audit. Log in to your account and then click on the Secure Documents link within the Resources section of your Course Status page.
The Student Performance Q&A. In this invaluable resource, the Chief Reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the reading leadership to describe how students performed on the FRQs, summarize typical student errors, and address specific concepts and content with which students have struggled the most that year.
And for free-response questions from prior exams, along with scoring information, check out the tables below.
* Note: The third sample response has been replaced with the appropriate text (EE).