Ap English Language Exam Essay Types

Section I

Multiple Choice — 52 to 55 Questions | 1 Hour | 45% of Exam Score

  • Excerpts from non-fiction texts are accompanied by several multiple-choice questions

Section II

Free Response — 3 Free-Response Questions | 2 Hours, 15 Minutes (includes a 15-minute reading period) | 55% of Exam Score

This section has three prompts:

  • Synthesis: Students read several texts about a topic and create an argument that synthesizes at least three of the sources to support their thesis.
  • Rhetorical analysis: Students read a non-fiction text and analyze how the writer's language choices contribute to his or her purpose and intended meaning for the text.
  • Argument: Students create an evidence-based argument that responds to a given topic.

The total Section II time is 2 hours and 15 minutes. This includes a 15-minute reading period. The reading period is designed to provide students with time to develop thoughtful, well-organized responses. They may begin writing their responses before the reading period is over.

Transcript of Types of Essays on AP English Exams

Types of Essays on AP English Exams
AP Literature
You will take AP Literature your senior year with Mr. Pierce.
Rubrics
There are 6 types of essays on the two English AP exams
1. Language #1- Synthesis
2. Language prompt #2- Rhetorical Analysis
3. Language prompt #3- Argumentative
4. Literature prompt #1- Poetry
5. Literature prompt #2- Prose Passage
6. Literature prompt #3- Thematic Analysis/open ended
AP English Language
You will take AP English Language next year with Mrs. Derbidge. The course concentrates on how authors and writers craft their ideas, what techniques they use, and the effect those techniques have on the reader. There are three essays on the AP English Language exam.
Literature Prompt #1-
Poetry
You will be required to read a poem and analyze it on the spot, using references to theme, literary devices, persona, and diction.
Literature Prompt #2-
Prose Passage
You will be required to read and analyze a short prose passage on the spot paying close attention to theme, literary devices, character, and diction.
Language Prompt #2-
Rhetorical Devices
Students read a non-fiction text and analyze how the writer's language choices contribute to his or her purpose and intended meaning for the text.
Language Prompt #1-
Synthesis Essay
Students read several texts about a topic and create an argument that synthesizes at least three of the sources to support their thesis.
Language Prompt #3-
Argumentation
Students create an evidence-based argument that responds to a given topic.
Literature Prompt #3-
Major Work/Thematic analysis/ Open Ended
An analysis that examines a specific concept, issue, or element in a work of literary merit selected by the student.
We will be writing each of these different types of essays at least twice during this school year.
Question #1 Synthesis

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