Welcome to Advanced Placement Language and Composition at the University of California, Granite Hills Extension. What is the Advanced Placement Language and Literature Exam?. The AP Language and Literature Exam is a three hour test:
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Welcome to Advanced Placement Language and
Composition at the University of California,
Granite Hills Extension.
What is the Advanced Placement Language and Literature Exam?
The AP Language and Literature Exam is a three hour test:
Section 1 is usually composed of four reading passages, one each
from the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Students have sixty
minutes to read these passages and answer approximately fifty-five
In Section 2, students are given two hours to read three different
passages and write an essay based on each passage. In two essays,
students will be asked to analyze both the passage’s content and
writer’s style and tone. For the third essay, students will be
directed to defend, qualify, or challenge the writer’s contentions,
as developed in the passage. For this third essay, students are
encouraged to draw upon personal experience.
Why were the AP exams developed?
In the 1950s, The College Board developed Advanced Placement exams
to help highly motivated high school students earn college credit.
What is the difference between the AP Language and Composition
AP Literature and Composition ?
The language exam asks more questions about nonfiction, and there is
no poetry on the exam. The language test also places more emphasis
on rhetorical analysis and the ability to write and analyze persuasive
Why are there two English exams?
Not all colleges offer the same curriculum for their freshman year.
The two separate exams permit each college to designate the exam
that best reflects its curriculum.
Why should a student take an AP exam?
Must all GHHS students enrolled in English Language and Composition
take the AP English exam?
How many students take the AP Language and Composition Exam
In 2000, more than 115,000 students took the AP English Language
Do all students receive college credit for freshman English if they
score a three or above?
The University of California and California State University systems
will give credit for AP scores of 3 or above. Some private
universities will only accept scores of 4 or above. Some, like the
University of Pennsylvania, will only accept a 5 score. Students
should always check with the admissions department at perspective
What is an average score on the AP Language and Composition
To earn an average score of 3, students must answer about 50% to 60%
of the questions correctly on the multiple-choice section and also
write three adequate essays. At a typical test administration, two-thirds of
all test takers receive a grade of 3 or higher.
When is the English Language and Composition Exam given?
The Advanced Placement exams are given each year in May.
Who scores the AP Language and Composition Exam and when do
the students receive their scores?
The AP Language exam is scored in June at Daytona Beach, Florida.
The scoring committee is composed of approximately sixty percent
college English instructors and forty percent high school AP English
teachers. Students and colleges receive the AP scores in July.
How is the test scored?
The total score on the exam is 150 points.
Raw essay score 0-9 multiplied by 3.055
9 x 3=27 x3.005=82.5
1 point for each correct answer. ¼ deducted for each incorrect
If 55 multiple-choice questions, each raw point multiplied by
1.227 equals 67.5
100-150scores a 5
86-99scores a 4
67-85scores a 3
How can the students prepare for the AP Language and Composition
Why is Granite Hills using APEX and the Class Toolsprogram?
Paul Allen, cofounder of Microsoft, developed APEX to help students
gain access to rigorous AP curricula. With the goal of bringing AP
courses to more high schools in the San Joaquin Valley, UC Santa Cruz is
encouraging schools to utilize the APEXprogram. Class Tools will
form the core of the GHHS AP Language and Composition class.
How will students be graded in AP Language and Composition?
2002 GHHS Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam results:
12 out of 13 students passed with a 3 or better: 92% pass rate
AP ScoreNumber of StudentsPercentage of Class
Grades for both semesters will be increased one letter grade for
students that pass the AP exam with a 3 or better.