AP English Language and Composition
About the Exam
Exam Day 2016
The exam is approximately three hours and 15 minutes long and has two parts — multiple choice and free response. The multiple choice section is worth 45% and the free response section is worth 55% of the final exam grade.
Section I: Multiple Choice — 52-55 questions; 1 hour
The multiple choice section tests your ability to read closely and analyze the rhetoric of prose passages.
Total scores on the multiple-choice section are based on the number of questions answered correctly. Points are not deducted for incorrect answers and no points are awarded for unanswered questions.
Section II: Free Response — 3 free-response questions; 2 hours, 15 minutes, which includes a 15-minute reading period.
The free response prompts test your skill in composition and requires close reading, thoughtful rhetorical analysis, and purposeful argumentation. This section also includes a synthesis prompt that tests your ability to effectively compose an argument of your own by combining and citing several supplied sources, including at least one visual source.