AP Language Exam Study Guide

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The AP English Language Exam is on Wednesday, May 11, 2016Scores will be posted online in July.

The test itself is three hours and 15 minutes.

  • Multiple Choice: 60 minutes for 52-54 multiple choice questions on 4-5 reading passages – Counts as 45% of the final score
  • Reading: 15 minutes to read synthesis essay sources and plan essay
  • Essay: 120 minutes for three essay questions, includes rhetorical analysis, synthesis and argument – Counts as 55% of the final score
  • No points are deducted for wrong answers, so students are encouraged to answer all multiple-choice answers. Use process of elimination to get rid of wrong answer choices.

Released Test Questions:

Helpful Study Resources:

Essay Questions (Free Response Section):

  • Argument (40 minutes)
  • Synthesis (40 minutes writing + 15 minutes reading)
  • Analysis (40 minutes)

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AP Language Essay Reading

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Have each section’s reading completed by the due dates marked in parentheses. Expect quizzes, discussions and writing assignments.

Textbook: The Bedford Reader (Eds. Kennedy, Kennedy and Aaron)

A. Women in Dialogue (Fri. 4/4)

  • Alice Walker, “Everyday Use” (267)
  • Fatema Mernissi, “Size 6: The Western Women’s Harem” (252)
  • Jessica Cohen, “Grade A: The Market for a Yale Women’s Eggs” (114)
  • Jamaica Kincaid, “Girl” (367)
  • Sandra Cisneros, “Only Daughter” (584)

B. Controversial Topics and Current Events (Mon. 4/7)

  • Anna Quindlen, “Homeless” (198)
  • Brent Staples, “Black Men and Public Space” (208)
  • Roger Rosenblatt, “We Are Free to Be You, Me, Stupid, and Dead” (215)
  • Kathy Pollitt, “What’s Wrong with Gay Marriage?” (548)
  • Charles Colson, “Gay ‘Marriage’: Societal Suicide” (554)
  • Edwidge Danticat, “Not Your Homeland” (572)

C. Race, Culture and Language (Wed. 4/9)

  • Maya Angelou, “Champion of the World” (93)
  • Amy Tan, “Fish Cheeks” (99)
  • Gloria Naylor, “The Meanings of a Word” (488)
  • Christine Leong, “Being a Chink” (494)
  • Dogoberto Glib, “Pride” (505)

D. Dark Humor and Satire (Fri. 4/11)

  • Shirley Jackson: “The Lottery” (123)
  • Sarah Vowell, “Shooting Dad”(154)
  • Robert Benchley, “My Face” (170)
  • Jessica Mitford, “Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain” (308)