The AP English Literature course covers important literary works from a range of genres, periods and cultures.
Students learn close-reading and analytical skills, and they learn to identify a literary work's structure, style, tone, and use of literary conventions such as imagery and figurative language.
Perhaps unfinished, these essays offer no analysis of the passage and little or no evidence for the student's ideas.
Incorrect assertions may be made about the passage.
The score on the is based on a combination of the multiple choice section (45 percent of score) and the free-response essay section (55 percent of score).
In 2018, 404,014 students took the exam and earned a mean score of 2.57.On the writing front, students learn to write effective analytical essays that employ a wide-ranging and appropriate vocabulary, effective and varied sentence structures, logical organization, strategic use of both generalization and specific detail, and careful attention to rhetorical forms, voice, and tone.The AP English Literature and Composition test has a one-hour multiple-choice section and a two-hour free-response writing section.Stylistically, these essays may show consistent grammatical problems, and sentence structure is usually simple and unimaginative.AP English Literature and Composition is one of the more popular Advanced Placement subjects.Students in AP Literature work at becoming active readers; in other words, they learn to become thoughtful and critical readers who can analyze and appreciate the various writing strategies employed by a wide range of authors.The course has no required reading list, and individual AP instructors are free to choose any literary works that invite a rewarding reading experience.Nevertheless, roughly 175,000 more students took the AP English Language course and exam in 2018.The literature course is primarily focused on college-level literary analysis, and students who do well on the AP English Literature exam will often earn college credit for composition or literature.Close to half of those students (47.3 percent) received a score of 3 or higher indicating that they have enough mastery of the subject matter to potentially earn college credit or course placement.The table below provides some representative data from a variety of colleges and universities.