AP English Language


This is a directory of the highest quality free Internet resources for the AP English Language and Composition exam. We have found the best advanced placement practice exams that are available online. Check out our links and descriptions of each practice test. We also link to the best AP English Language sample essays, multiple choice questions, terms, and vocab.

AP English Language Practice Exams

Learnerator Practice.  Interactive practice tests with over 500 AP English Language multiple choice questions. Great for your test prep and review.

MyMaxScore Practice Exam.  This is a fantastic AP English practice test that has an answer key along with very detailed explanations. Some users with Internet Explorer have experienced issues loading this test. Seems to work fine with Chrome.

AP English Practice Test.  High School Test Prep has a good interactive test with some challenging AP English multiple choice questions. Includes answers and very thorough explanations.

2001 Practice Test.  This sample test is perfect for practicing your AP English Language multiple choice. A total of 5 passages and 49 questions.

Sample Questions.  The official course description includes 55 excellent multiple choice sample questions with answers. These are found on pages 14 to 30.

AP English Language Sample Essays

Free-Response Questions from 1999 to 2014.  These AP English Language free response questions were released by the College Board to help students prepare for this portion of the test. Questions, sample responses, and scoring guidelines.

Sample Synthesis Essays.  To prepare for your exam you will want to review some AP English Language sample essays. This is an excellent review for the synthesis essay.

Sample Analysis Essays.  Analysis questions with example essays. Explains the scoring for each one.

Sample Argumentative Essays.  A high-range and mid-range sample essay with explanations of scoring.

Synthesis Prep and Developing an Argument.  These two guides from the College Board will definitely help with your synthesis and argument essays.

AP English Language Vocabulary

Quizlet Vocabulary Flashcards.  Several huge sets of flashcards for learning important AP English terms.

Vocabulary List.  A 10 page AP English vocabulary list with definitions and examples.

Key Terms.  Be sure to review these 40 terms!

AP English Language Notes

AP English Language Review.  This document has 22 pages of great AP English notes for your exam review. Includes literary terms, tips on analyzing prose passages, the AP essay rubric, sample multiple choice question stems, vocab lists, and a syntax overview.

Course Notes.  This series of notes from the Course Notes website has some solid notes on grammar, rhetorical devices, communication, MLA, and an outline of Strategies for Successful Writing.

Highest-Rated AP English Language Study Guides from Amazon

AP English Language & Composition Crash Course. This AP English Language study guide is clearly written, has plenty of examples, and covers testing strategies for the multiple choice and free response questions. Includes access to a full-length online practice exam as well.

Barron’s AP English Language and Composition, 5th Edition. The Barron’s review book is another great option to consider. It includes 5 full-length practice exams, an essay writing guide, sample essays, and an excellent language and rhetoric overview. A very popular study guide with high ratings!

About the Exam


The Advanced Placement English Language and Composition course teaches students to write with richness and complexity in order to communicate clearly with advanced readers. The essays written in this course are to be less formulaic and more engaging to the reader. The focus is on the essay’s content and purpose as well as the intended reader. The students also need to be able to use a variety of research materials in their writing and be able to synthesize these various sources in an effective matter. Sources need to be cited in a critical manner and students must evaluate the legitimacy and purpose of the source.

The AP English Language Exam format is:
Multiple-Choice (60 minutes, 45% of final grade)
-54 multiple choice questions
Free-Response (135 minutes including a 15 minute reading period, 55% of final grade)
-3 essay questions including 1 synthesis question

The synthesis question measures your ability to make a written argument by combining and citing a several different written sources and at least one visual source. The source material is provided in the test.

When is the AP English Language and Composition Exam?

The AP English Language Exam date for the 2014/2015 school year is Wednesday, May 13th 2015 at 8 a.m. The test is only offered once per year.