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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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ap language and composition exam
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
  • 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
  • Style
  • Terms (Rhetorical)
  • Vocabulary
    • After 1600
    • No piece that has been translated
    • Nonfiction
free response questions
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
synthesis prompt
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
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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
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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


  • May be: compare and contrast
    • Really another rhetorical analysis
strategies for free response and synthesis questions
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
free response strategies
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
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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
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
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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)
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Inferential/Contextual Questions-Author’s Meaning or Purpose
  • “In line 42 the term ‘democratic’ most clearly means…?” (whole passage)
Objective Section
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Objective Section

3. Purpose Question (global)

  • “Intent, goal, purpose, reason for using repetition in 2nd paragraph?” (whole passage)
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Objective Section
  • Mix and match the first three type-Main idea, Organization/structure, Rhetorical Modes
  • Using sources and documentation—footnotes, endnotes, bibliography info
strategies for objective section
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
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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
here s the bottom line
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!