2016 Atlantic and College Board Writing Prize
This year's contest invites high school students to write an essay analyzing and interpreting a meaningful work of art. The prize winner will receive $5,000 and have their essay published in The Atlantic. The deadline is Feb. 28. Learn more.
Welcome, AP Teachers! The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.
Essential Course Resources
This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and describes the exam and AP Program in general.
Please review the fall 2015 Revisions to the English Language Course Description, which describes minor clarifications to the exam reading period instructions.
More Course Resources
The two-page Course Overview (.pdf/1.3MB) provides a succinct description of the course and exam.
The FAQ answers commonly asked questions about the course and exam.
The 2007 Teacher's Guide (.pdf/1.04MB) provides instructional strategies, sample syllabi, and more.
The Teacher Community allows you to discuss teaching strategies, share resources, and connect with other educators.
Essential Exam Resources
The Exam Information page describes the current exam and provides access to former test questions.
The Free-Response Questions index provides questions from the most recent exam and exams from previous years.
A full practice exam is available by logging in to your AP Course Audit account.
Access online score reports for your students.
AP Course Audit Information
The AP Course Audit provides teachers and administrators with clear guidelines on curricular and resources requirements for AP courses. All schools wishing to label a course "AP" must submit a subject-specific AP Course Audit form and the course syllabus for each teacher of that AP course. Your course page has resources to support syllabus development.
Benefits of Becoming an Authorized AP Teacher
Inclusion of authorized courses on the AP Course Ledger so that colleges and universities can verify student transcripts
Feedback on your syllabus
Access to secure practice exams
Visit the AP Course Audit site to log in or create an account.
The College Board offers both face-to-face and online professional development workshops, available for new and experienced AP teachers as well as AP coordinators and administrators. Led by experienced instructors, subject-specific AP workshops provide educators with the support and training needed to develop effective strategies for teaching an AP course.
Our Annual Offerings
June–August: One-week AP Summer Institutes are offered at different sites throughout the country, providing an in-depth look at the course and exam.
September–April: One-day workshops are offered.
Search for an upcoming AP English Language and Composition workshop to register.
Online Professional Development Modules
To promote student engagement with meaningful texts, we've created a new, free online resource for teachers offering strategies for teaching reading and writing focused on challenging primary sources:
These modules were developed for AP U.S. History teachers, but the nonfiction reading and writing strategies they explore will be useful for teachers of a variety of AP subjects.
The Teacher Community lets you share resources and teaching strategies with fellow educators.
The Classroom Resources page provides a diverse selection of supplemental materials, including lesson plans and teaching strategies, from the College Board and your AP colleagues.
The AP English Language and Composition Student page has valuable information and resources for your students.
College Board Store
Find AP English Language and Composition publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.
AP and Higher Education
Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.
This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.
Meet the current Development Committee for AP English Language and Composition.