The AP English Literature and Composition Exam

AP Essay (click here for more suggestions)

NB: Essay is from the French word essai to undergo trial, test. To go attempt.
Create a quick outline: be mindful of evidence; allow your evidence to help create a strong close.

  • Create an intelligent hook;
  • Supply author/title information;
  • Create a strong thesis (focus on active voice);
  • Mapping sentence/phrase(s).

Body paragraph(s):
  • Avoid obvious content;
  • Be mindful of evidence gathering;
  • Try to select evidence that will lead you to create a profound conclusion.

Writing mantra for two hours: make claims; support w/textual evidence; evaluate that evidence; parts to whole.

  • Briefly restate your thesis;
  • Create a profound conclusion.

NB: Are you having trouble creating a strong close? Try some of these strategies for closing paragraphs: strike a note of hope or despair; give a symbolic or powerful fact or other detail; give an especially compelling example; create a visual image that represents your subject; reflect on the implications of your thesis. Avoid simply restating your topic sentence, starting off in a new direction, and apologizing or casting doubt on your thesis.

AP Open Ended Essay

Click here for a list of essay prompts from past years. Open-ended Essay Prompts

Graded AP Essays with this handout on Jewett's "A White Heron." Click .

AP Multiple Choice (and handouts on how to make them!)

Test Day Strategies

  • Arrive early and well rested;
  • Know the time w/a watch b/c you can't use your cell phone for this;
  • Other suggestions? What has helped you before during a standardized test?

Literary Terms

  • Download this and keep it in your "Notes" folder on your computer.
  • Review the most recent term quizzes you just prepared and have fun remembering what you know!
  • These terms will help you a great deal on the AP Exam. We will quiz you one unit at a time. Nevertheless, try to use the terms so that you retain an understanding of the terms.