Exam Day 2017
Wed, May 3, 8 a.m.
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.
Multiple Choice — 55 Questions | 1 Hour | 45% of Exam Score
- Includes excerpts from drama, verse, or prose fiction
- Each excerpt is accompanied by several multiple-choice questions
Free Response — 3 Free-Response Questions | 2 Hours | 55% of Exam Score
- Students write essays that respond to three free-response prompts from the following categories:
- A literary analysis of a given poem
- A literary analysis of a given passage of prose fiction (this may include drama)
- An analysis that examines a specific concept, issue, or element in a work of literary merit selected by the student
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/2.21MB), 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.
Released Exams are a resource you can use with your students throughout the year.
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.