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AP English Literature and Composition Resources


Free Response Questions (FRQ)

  • College Board / AP Central: Free-Response Questions from 1999 to 2015.  The actual AP English Literature free response questions from prior AP exams. Also includes scoring guidelines, sample essays, statistics, and distributions.
  • Ms. Effie's Site:  Reviewing this list of past open-ended questions (1970-2015) on Ms. Effie’s site will give you an very good idea of what to expect on this AP Literature free response question.
  • Ms. Effie's site - Poetry Prompts and Poetry Prompts with Poems. All AP English Lit poetry essay prompts from 1970 to 2015. The second PDF also includes all the poems.
  • Ms. Effie's site - Prose Essay Prompts:  All of the prose essay prompts
    from 1970-2015.
  • Essay Tips from AP Readers:  Great advice for writing the FRQ essays straight from the readers who score the tests.
  • Exam Reader’s Writing Advice:  Make sure you read this one as well. More useful tips for AP Lit free response from another reader.
  • Essay Writing Tips: More great tips for writing an AP English essay from Mrs. Webb. Reviews the TPCASTT Method, the SIFT Method, and the SOAPS Tone.

Multiple Choice Questions

  • AP Literature Multiple Choice:  There are 3 good practice tests here with some very challenging questions. Each practice test has 11 multiple choice questions along with detailed explanations.
  • MyMaxScore Practice Exam: Practice test that includes very thorough explanations of the correct answers. Highly recommend this AP English Literature practice test.
  • College Board Official Sample Questions:  There are 46 AP Literature multiple choice questions in the College Board course description on pages 54 to 69. Also includes sample free response questions.  A great review.
  • Flashcard Terms Test: This is a great set of AP English Literature flashcards which cover 235 key vocabulary words. Use these like a normal flashcards or select “test” to challenge yourself with matching, fill-in-the-blank, and multiple choice questions.


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What to expect

Total Exam Length = 3 hours 

2 sections:
Section I (45% of grade)
60 minutes
55 Multiple-choice questions

Section II (55% of grade)
2 hours 
3 Free response questions

When to expect it

Exam Date 2017

May 03
08:00 AM

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