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Synthesis Essay Materials

The two synthesis essay questions that follow are examples of the question type that has been one of the three free-response questions on the AP English Language and Composition Exam as of the May 2007 exam. The synthesis question asks students to synthesize information from a variety of sources to inform their own discussion of a topic. Students are given a 15-minute reading period to accommodate the additional reading required for the question.

Synthesis Essay Materials

Sample 1
Below is a sample synthesis essay question, sample scoring guidelines, comments from the Chief Reader about the sample student essays, seven sample student responses, and scoring commentary about each sample.

Approximately 300 AP English Language and Composition students from eight schools in New York, Maine, Texas, Tennessee, Washington, Florida, and New Mexico wrote responses to this synthesis topic. Students from these schools were given a 15-minute reading period followed by a 40-minute writing period in which to complete the sample synthesis assignment.
  AP English Language and Composition Synthesis Essay #1 (.pdf/84KB)
  Sample Scoring Guidelines (.pdf/43KB)
  Comments from the Chief Reader (.pdf/47KB)
  Sample Student Responses (.pdf/3.65MB)
  Scoring Commentary (.pdf/50KB)

Sample 2
An additional sample synthesis essay question is provided here.
  AP English Language and Composition Synthesis Essay #2 (.pdf/338KB)




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