AP English Literature


This is a directory of the highest quality free Internet resources for your AP English Literature and Composition review. We have identified the best advanced placement practice exams that are available online. Check out our links and descriptions of each practice test. We also link to top sites for AP Literature free response questions, vocabulary terms, sample essays, and study guides.

AP English Literature Practice Exams

Learnerator AP Lit.  Hundreds of challenging AP Literature practice questions. A great variety of passages covering Poetry, Prose, and Drama.

MyMaxScore Practice Exam.  This is an awesome practice test that includes very thorough explanations of the correct answers. I highly recommend this AP English Literature practice test!

1987 and 1999 Released Exams.  These AP English Lit exams were released by the College Board to help students prepare for their tests. A valuable resource for test prep that will give you practice with real AP questions.

AP Literature Practice Test.  A couple of nice practice tests with some very challenging questions. Multiple choice with detailed explanations.

Official Sample Questions.  There are 46 AP Literature multiple choice questions in the College Board course description on pages 54 to 69. Also includes sample free response questions.  A great review!

Flashcard Terms Test.  This is a great set of AP English Literature flashcards which cover 235 key vocabulary words. Use these like a normal flashcards or select “test” to challenge yourself with matching, fill-in-the-blank, and multiple choice questions.

AP English Literature Sample Essays and Free Response

Free-Response Questions 1999 to 2014.  The actual AP English Literature free response questions from prior AP exams. Also includes scoring guidelines, sample essays, statistics, and distributions.

Open-Ended Questions.  Reviewing this list of past open-ended questions (1970-2014) on Ms. Effie’s site will give you an very good idea of what to expect on this AP Literature free response question.

Poetry Prompts and Poetry Prompts with Poems.  All AP English Lit poetry essay prompts from 1970 to 2014. The second PDF also includes all the poems.

Prose Essay Prompts.  All of the prose essay prompts from 1970-2014.

Essay Tips from AP Readers.  Great advice for writing the frq essays straight from the readers who score the tests.

Exam Reader’s Writing Advice.  Make sure you read this one as well. More useful tips from another reader.

Acing the Essay.  Great tips and strategies for your AP English Literature essays.

Essay Writing Tips. More great tips for writing an AP English essay from Mrs. Webb. Reviews the TPCASTT Method, the SIFT Method, and the SOAPS Tone.

AP English Literature Vocabulary

Quizlet English Lit Terms.  Excellent flashcard sets with hundreds of important AP Literature vocabulary words.

Terms List.  The ultimate AP English Literature vocabulary list. Ten pages packed full of every term you would ever need to know.

More Flashcards.  A nice set of English Lit vocab cards with 116 key terms.

Highest-Rated AP English Lit Study Guide from Amazon

AP English Literature & Composition Crash Course.  This book from REA is one of the best AP English Literature study guides that you can buy. Concise summaries of all topics, great essay writing strategies, and an full-length online practice exam. It has a 5-star rating with lots of great reviews.

CliffsNotes AP English Literature and Composition, 3rd Edition. If you’re looking for a great study guide that includes plenty of practice exams, then this Cliffs Notes book is the one to get. It has 6 full-length practice exams along with answers and complete explanations! Also includes a thorough review of all exam topics along with test taking strategies.

About the Exam


The AP English Literature and Composition course focuses on both the reading of literature and writing about it. The reading assignments cover a variety of genres and time periods and students should engage in the critical analysis of each text. The writing focuses on the experience, evaluation, and interpretation of the literature.

The AP English Literature and Composition Exam format is:
Multiple-Choice (60 minutes, 45% of final grade)
-55 multiple choice questions
AP English Free-Response (120 minutes, 55% of final grade)
-3 essay questions

The multiple choice questions are based on short passages that you read followed by a number of questions about the style, form, and content of the material. The free-response essay questions test your ability to analyze literary texts and write effective essays using clear prose.

When is the AP English Literature Exam?

The AP English Literature and Composition Exam date for the 2014/2015 school year is Wednesday, May 6th 2015 at 8 a.m. The test is only offered once per year.