AP English Language and Composition

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How hard is the AP English Language and Composition exam?

There are no prerequisites for students to take the AP Lang Exam. Students who take the AP English Language and Composition Course should be well prepared for the questions on the exam. The four Big Ideas taught in the AP English course are Rhetorical Situation, Claims and Evidence, Reasoning and Organization, and Style. Students should prepare for AP English using study guides and questions and answers from previous tests.

How long is the AP English Language and Composition exam?

The AP Lang test is 3 hours and 15 minutes. The first hour of the exam consists of 45 multiple choice questions. There is a break between sections 1 and 2. The second section of the AP Test English is 2 hours and 15 minutes, including a 15 minute reading session. This time will be for 3 free response questions.

What is a passing score for the AP English Language and Composition exam?

The score for the AP English Language and Composition Exam is recorded from 1 to 5. A score of 5 on the AP Lang exam is the best and corresponds to an A in a college level class. Achieving a 3 or 4 for AP English means the student passed the exam and will likely receive college credit for their efforts.

Can I retake the AP English Language and Composition exam?

Typically, AP exams are offered once each year in May. Students may take the AP Test English in another year, but each score will be listed on the student's transcript. Exam scores can be omitted from the reports sent to colleges and universities, but students will have to arrange this through the test-provider.

How much does the AP English Language and Composition exam cost?

In 2023 the exam's fee in the US, US Territories, Canada is $97. Taking the AP Lang exam outside of the US costs $127. Students with financial need may qualify for $35 off the AP Test English fee.

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