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AP English Literature and Composition Course Home Page

Important Updates

Enroll in 2017-18 AP Mentoring

AP English Literature and Composition teachers of all experience levels can participate in an online teacher-to-teacher support program.

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. This means you can now use the questions from this older exam without restriction.

Welcome, AP Teachers! The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work's structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.

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.

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.

Visit the AP Course Audit site to log in or create an account.

Professional Development

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.

Classroom Resources

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 Literature and Composition Student page has valuable information and resources for your students.

College Board Store

Find AP English Literature 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 Literature and Composition.

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