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:

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Essay Questions (Free Response Section):

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

Important Note: Click on the image below to create your College Board account and sign up for your 2016 AP scores.

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AP Literature Exam Study Guide

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The AP English Litearture Exam is on Thursday, May 8. Scores will be posted online in July.

We will be having a Mandatory Study Session on Saturday, May 3rd from 8:00am – 12:00pm.

The test itself is three hours.

  • Multiple Choice: 60 minutes on 4-5 reading passages – Counts as 45% of the final score
  • Essay: 120 minutes for three essay questions, includes poetry analysis, prose analysis and “Open Question” – 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):

  • Literary Analysis (Poetry, 40 minutes)
  • Literary Analysis (Prose, 40 minutes writing)
  • Literary Analysis (“Open Question,” 40 minutes)

Possible Texts for “Open Question”:

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To Kill A Mockingbird

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Novel Final Exam:

  • Thursday, 4/10 (Period 6)
  • Wednesday, 4/9 (Period 3)

Essay Questions:

  • Due Thursday, 4/10 (Period 6 at the beginning of the period!)
  • Due Wednesday, 4/9 (Period 3 at the beginning of the period!)
  1. Racism: “I’m simply defending a Negro—his name’s Tom Robinson” (100). With these words Atticus informs Scout of his life-altering task of standing up to the prejudice and racism that pervades the sleepy southern town that was Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930’s. Discuss the effects of racism on Maycomb citizens such as Tom and Helen Robinson, Calpurnia, Scout, Jem, Dill, or Mayella Ewell. Is this a challenging novel that promotes Civil Rights or does it accept the racism and segregation of the time period?
  2. Empathy: According to Atticus, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (39). How is empathy toward others demonstrated or learned by characters such as Atticus, Scout, Jem, Dill, or Miss Maudie?
  3. Courage: Atticus says to Jem that he wants his son “to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand” (149). How is courage defined in this novel? What character(s) best exemplify courage? Why? What point does Harper Lee want to make about courage through her use of these characters?
  4. Loss of Innocence: With age and experience come knowledge, the realization of harsh realities, and finally wisdom and understanding. Trace the narrator’s journey from innocence to understanding in a thoughtful essay.

To download the essay handout and criteria/requirement, click here.

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Advanced Placement Test Info

aplogoThe College Board Advanced Placement Tests are quickly approaching! Time to get prepared!

  • Click here for AP Exam Schedule (AP English Literature is May 8, AP English Language is May 9).
  • Click here for AP Exam Information, including Multiple-Choice Questions, Free-Response Questions, Scoring Guidelines, and portfolio samples for AP Studio Art.

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