Although students will have no way of knowing the exact questions ahead of time, the College Board makes questions from previous years available so that test-takers can get an idea of how their knowledge and composition skills will be assessed.
The best way to practice is to write AP test style questions under similar conditions.
To do well on the AP English Literature and Composition exam, you’ll need to score high on the essays.
For that, you’ll need to write a competent, efficient essay that argues an accurate interpretation of the work under examination in the Free Response Question section.
Clear organization, specific support, and full explanations or discussions are three critical components of high-scoring essays.
The newly-released 2016 sample AP English Literature and Composition exam questions, sample responses, and grading rubrics provide a valuable opportunity to analyze how to achieve high scores on each of the three Section II FRQ responses.The first paragraph introduces the writer’s feelings about the characters and how the elements in the story helped the student analyze, both irrelevant to the call of the instructions.The introduction gives no details of the passage: no name, title, characters, or relationship.Then, after summarizing the context of the passage — that tense relationship — the student quotes relevant phrases (“lower-class”, “verbal aggressions”) that depict the behavior and character of each.By packing each sentence efficiently with details (“uncultivated”, “hypocritical”) on the way to the thesis statement, the writer controls the argument by folding in only the relevant details that support the claim at the end of the introduction: though reunited physically, father and daughter remain separated emotionally.The writer wastes no words and quickly directs the reader’s focus to the characters’ words and actions that define their estranged relationship.From the facts cited, the writer’s claim or thesis is logical.However, for purposes of this examination, the Prose Analysis FRQ strategies will be the focus.The prose selection for analysis in last year’s exam was Thomas Hardy’s For a clear understanding of the components of a model essay, you’ll find it helpful to analyze and compare all three sample answers provided by the College Board: the high scoring (A) essay, the mid-range scoring (B) essay, and the low scoring (C) essay.The second section, worth 55% of the total score, requires essay responses to three questions demonstrating your ability to analyze literary works.You’ll have to discuss a poem analysis, a prose fiction passage analysis, and a concept, issue, or element analysis of a literary work–in two hours.