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The AP English Literature and Composition Exam

Important Updates

New Sample Student Responses and Scoring Commentary

You can now explore several new resources on the AP Course Audit website:

  • Sample student responses and scoring commentary for the secure 2016 AP English Literature and Composition Exam previously posted on the AP Course Audit site
  • Two sets of student essays from the open-ended free-response question on the 2016 AP English Literature Exam–one focusing on The Great Gatsby and the other on unusual student-selected texts

To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account and click on the Secure Documents link in the Resources section of your Course Status page.

Previously Secure Exam Now Publicly Available

The 2012 AP English Literature Exam that was previously available only through your AP Course Audit account is now publicly available on this page. This means you can now use the questions from this older exam without restriction.

Exam Day 2017

Wed, May 3, 8 a.m.

Exam Duration

3 hours

Exam Overview

The AP English Literature and Composition Exam uses multiple-choice questions and free-response prompts to test students' skills in literary analysis of prose and verse texts.

The multiple choice section tests critical reading skills. Students read several passages and answer questions about the content, form, and style of each.

The free-response section tests students' ability to analyze and interpret literary texts by composing clear and effective essays.

Encourage your students to visit the AP English Literature and Composition student page for exam information and exam practice.

Access online score reports for your students.

Exam Format



Exam Questions and Scoring Information

Looking for sample multiple-choice and free-response questions? You can find them in:

The Course Description (.pdf/2.21MB), which has everything you need to know about the course and exam.


Secure exams for classroom use with sample student responses and scoring commentary on the AP Course Audit website. Log in to your account and then click on the Secure Documents link within the Resources section of your Course Status page.


Two sets of student essays from the open-ended free-response question on the 2016 AP English Literature Exam–one focusing on The Great Gatsby and the other on unusual student-selected texts–also available on the AP Course Audit website.


An AP English Literature Exam from 2012, previously available as a secure resource only through your AP Course Audit account. Since this exam is now publicly available, you can use the questions without restriction.


Released Exams are a resource you can use with your students throughout the year.


The Past Exam Questions page, which features free-response questions and scoring information for exams given before 2003.


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.

 



2017: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

2016: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Score Distributions

2015: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Score Distributions

2014: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Score Distributions

2013: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Score Distributions

2012: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Score Distributions

2011: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Score Distributions

2011: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

2010: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Score Distributions

2010: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

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

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Grade Distributions

2009: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

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

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Grade Distributions

2008: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

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

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Grade Distributions

2007: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

2006: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Grade Distributions

2006: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

2005: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses

Grade Distributions

2005: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Sample Responses

2004: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Grade Distributions

2004: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

 
2003: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

Grade Distributions

2003: Form B
Questions Scoring Samples Grade Distributions

Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Scoring Commentary

Sample Responses Q1

Sample Responses Q2

Sample Responses Q3

 

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