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AP English Literature Essay Prompts

Instructor: Ian Lord

Ian has an MBA and is a real estate investor, former health professions educator, and Air Force veteran.

Practice in writing AP Test questions in the classroom is an effective way of preparing for the test itself. This collection of essay prompts will give an expectation of the test structure and inspiration for the creation of additional prompts.

Practice Essays

The AP English Literature and Composition Exam includes three free-response essay questions that together account for 55% of a student's total score. The best way to prepare for test day is to practice writing essays that are similar to those found on the exam. Although students will have no way of knowing the exact questions ahead of time, the College Board makes questions from previous years available so that test-takers can get an idea of how their knowledge and composition skills will be assessed.

The best way to practice is to write AP test style questions under similar conditions. Test-takers will have two hours to answer all three questions, with a suggested 40 minutes for each essay. Students could start with one essay at a time and work their way up to writing three essays in a single two-hour sitting. On the actual tests students will be given a complete passage to read, but for these questions students will need to be provided with the text separately.

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