If you're planning to take the AP English Literature and Composition exam, you'll need to get familiar with what to expect from the test.
Whether the 2020 test date of Wednesday, May 6 is near or far, I’m here to help you get serious about preparing for the exam.
The multiple-choice section, or Section I of the exam, is 60 minutes long and has 55 questions, and it counts for 45% of your overall exam grade.
You can expect to see 4-5 excerpts of prose and poetry.
What is the overall picture created by all the tiny details?
Example: Some questions will ask you about specific structural elements of the passage—a shift in tone, a digression, the specific form of a poem, etc.Without further ado, here are the eight question types you can expect to see on the AP lit exam.All questions are taken from the sample questions on the “AP Course and Exam Description.” These are questions that test your ability to understand what the passage is saying on a pretty basic level.You can succeed on these questions by careful reading of the text.You may have to go back and re-read parts to make sure you understand what the passage is saying.Example: These are questions in which you have to either identify what word or phrase is figurative language or provide the meaning of a figurative phrase.You can identify these as they will either explicitly mention figurative language (or a figurative device like simile or metaphor) or will include a figurative language phrase in the question itself.The exam tests your ability to analyze works and excerpts of literature and cogently communicate that analysis in essay form.Read on for a breakdown of the two different sections and their question types.You will, in general, not be given an author, date, or title for these works, although occasionally the title of a poem is given. The date ranges of works could fall from the 16th to the 21st century.Most works will be originally written in English, although you may occasionally see a passage in translation.