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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the purpose of AP English & Composition?

·         To develop sophisticated reading and writing skills that can enhance your success at the college level.

·         To prepare you for the critical reading and writing skills required to successfully take college entrance and placement exams, including the SAT, ACT, EPT, and others.

·         To prepare you to pass the AP Language and Composition Exam. 

How much reading homework is to be expected?

The key to success on the AP Language and Composition Exam is the ability to read critically and analytically. The only way to prepare is to practice daily over time. You develop your reading skills and your vocabulary, and this will help you on college entrance and placement exams as well. It is important to manage your reading time well. Successful AP students devote at least 45 minutes to assigned reading every day. Unsuccessful students tend to wait until the last minute to read assignments.

What types of in class essays do we write in this class?

The essays you will most likely encounter on the AP exam are the rhetorical analysis essay, the DAQ (defend-attack-qualify) argumentative essay,  and the synthesis essay. Therefore, we will focus on these types of as timed essays in class. We will also write formal essays outside of class. 

What is the AP Language and Composition Exam like?

The exam consists of a 1-hour multiple choice (MC) exam and a 2-hour, 15-minute essay exam. The MC exam is based on 4-5 nonfiction passages, and usually has about 55 questions on purpose, diction, tone, vocabulary, syntax, and other rhetorical elements. The essay exam includes a 15-minute prompt reading period, followed by a 2-hour writing period in which you compose three essays, including one synthesis essay. The other 2 prompts are DAQ and rhetorical analysis. 



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