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Advanced Placement English Language and Composition . Exam Hints and Information. Given in May 3 is passing Two parts to the exam: Writing Portion 2 free response essays 1 synthesis essay 2hrs. 15 minutes to complete Multiple Choice 50-60 questions 1 Hour.

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Advanced Placement English Language and Composition

Exam Hints and Information


  • Given in May

  • 3 is passing

  • Two parts to the exam:

  • Writing Portion

    • 2 free response essays

    • 1 synthesis essay

    • 2hrs. 15 minutes to complete

  • Multiple Choice

    • 50-60 questions

    • 1 Hour

AP Language and Composition Exam


General

  • Rhetoric

    • Content—message/what?

      • writing

    • Form—way it is communicated/how?

      • Rhetorical Devices

    • How form relates to content

      • Analysis!!!!

    • How it is seen by the audience

      • Appeals


General

  • Style

  • Terms (Rhetorical)

  • Vocabulary


  • Reading

    • After 1600

    • No piece that has been translated

    • Nonfiction

General


  • Respond to the prompt!

  • Three prompts in two hours, 15 minutes added for reading information given—you must keep track of your own time

Free Response Questions


  • 1.One of the questions will be a Synthesis Essay

  • This question will contain four to seven sources and a prompt that relates to these sources

    • in general, at least one of these sources will be an image (e.g. photo, cartoon, graph, etc.).

    • Students will be asked to write essays that incorporate at least three to four of the sources into argumentative.

  • Similar to a DBQ (Differences will be explained).

Synthesis Prompt


2.Rhetorical Analysis

  • One of the questions will be a rhetorical analysis

    • Rhetorical Strategies—style—diction, syntax, and tone

    • Stylistic Analysis—specific words on the page—schemes and tropes

Free Response Questions


Free Response Questions

3.Wild Card

  • May be: Persuasive

    • Argumentative (Build Your Own Argument=BYOA)

    • Proposition, idea, thought

    • Supports, refutes, or modifies the argument drawing on your own reading, experiences, or observations

      or

  • May be: compare and contrast

    • Really another rhetorical analysis


Strategies for Free Response and Synthesis Questions

  • Quote the passage!!!

  • Does not punish you for what you don’t do, but rewards you for what you do well


  • Answer all three questions well!

  • Your essays are separated and read by different people so they cannot see that you did well on one and not the others.

Free Response Strategies


  • Mark up the booklet page

  • Introduction and conclusion—have one

  • Make a plan and proofread!!

  • Qualify tone, attitude, style (blunt, angry, high diction…)

  • Practice grading on AP scale

Free Response Strategies


Objective Section

  • About 50-60 questions

  • 60 minutes

  • 5 possible answers given

    • 1 correct, 1 distracter, 3 wrong

  • CHANGE! No longer a ¼ point off for wrong answer


Objective Section

  • Really only 4 to 5 types of questions!

    1.Literal Questions--Rhetorical

    • “In line 42 what literary device is being used?” (words/phrases)


  • Inferential/Contextual Questions-Author’s Meaning or Purpose

  • “In line 42 the term ‘democratic’ most clearly means…?” (whole passage)

Objective Section


Objective Section

3.Purpose Question (global)

  • “Intent, goal, purpose, reason for using repetition in 2nd paragraph?” (whole passage)


Objective Section

  • Mix and match the first three type-Main idea, Organization/structure, Rhetorical Modes

  • Using sources and documentation—footnotes, endnotes, bibliography info


  • About 4-6 passages (maybe 10 questions per passage)

  • guess

  • No longer are you are penalized for wrong answers and you can’t get credit for what you don’t do!

  • Our philosophy is ANSWER!

Strategies for Objective Section


Strategies for Objective Section

  • In general, on past exams a 50% correct on the objective section and two 5’s and one 6 can enable you to pass the exam with a score of 3.

  • 1/3 of the students do not pass


  • Objective 45%

  • Essay 55%

  • Objective Scoring is

  • No. Right + No. Wrong = RAW divide by No. of Questions x year’s multiplier

  • Out of 7 ?’s, I got 4 correct, 2 incorrect, left 1 blank

  • 4= RAW

  • Divide by 7

  • Total is 64%

Here’s the Bottom Line!


Hinsdale South--2011

AP English Language ScoresSouth vs. the World


Chart of the AP English Language DistributionMay 2011 (in percentages at each score)


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