AP English Language & Composition

AP English Language & Composition

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AP English Language & Composition Exam

The Advanced Placement English Language & Composition course is centered on the rhetorical analysis of nonfiction texts and the development and revision of both analytical and argumentative essays. Students are expected to write with richness and complexity in order to communicate clearly with advanced readers. 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 manner.

The AP English Language Exam format is:

-60 minutes
-45% of final grade
-55 multiple choice questions

-135 minutes (includes 15 minute reading period)
-55% of final grade
-3 essay questions:

  • Synthesis Essay: 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.
  • Argument Essay: The argument essay prompt requires you to compose an argument which is supported by evidence and reasoning from your own reading, observations, and experiences.
  • Rhetorical Analysis Essay: The analysis essay prompt requires you to analyze the rhetoric of a single text.

When is the AP English Language & Composition Exam?

The AP English Language Exam date for the 2022–2023 school year is Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 8 a.m.

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