- 1 Exam Info And Course Content
- 2 The Best AP English Language and Composition Books for 2018
- 3 Self-Study Tips
Exam Info And Course Content
The AP English Language exam consists of 2 sections. The first one is a multiple choice one that has 52-55 questions, lasts an hour, and makes up 45% of your exam’s score.
The second section is free response. You have 15 minutes to read source materials of a prompt, and then you get 120 minutes to answer 3 prompts within an essay. It makes up 55% of your total exam score.
College Board provides free example test questions, so click here if you want to check them out.
Next Exam Date
Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
Last Time The Exam Changed
The exam has never been changed, and there are no plans for changing it in the near future.
The Best AP English Language and Composition Books for 2018
|Book Cover||Description||Our Rating||Price|
|The Language of Composition: Reading,Writing, Rhetoric2nd EditionRenee H. SheaLawrence ScanlonRobin Dissin Aufses(Best Textbook)||5.0||View Price|
|Barron's AP EnglishLanguage and Composition7th EditionBarron's(Best Review Book)||4.5||View Price|
|Crash Course: AP EnglishLanguage and CompositionDawn Hogue(Best Prep Book)||4.5||View Price|
There are a lot of appropriate textbooks you could use to help prepare for the AP English Language and Composition exam, but so few are tailored so well for AP specifically. Many of the top english textbooks used in American high school do well to prepare you, but this textbook covers 100% of the material you will be tested on, guaranteed.
Before you purchase and review book or prep book that we recommend below, it’s important that you purchase this textbook for the right context and for the correct fundamental understanding. This textbook has a sufficient amount of practice questions, although not all the questions are in the same format that you will find on the actual AP exam.
Renting options may be available, you can click on the book cover to view the rental price.
Best Review Book: Barron’s AP English Language and Composition
Barron’s review book is one of the best ways to prepare for the exam. It has 5 full length practice exams, and you get a bonus online practice test.
It also offers advice for answering multiple choice questions, and has a whole chapter dedicated to helping you write a proper synthesis essay.
The Diagnostic test is also very useful as it helps gauge where you are currently at and what you need to study more.
Best Prep Book: Crash Course AP English Language and Composition
The Crash Course book is also a must have as it is the best way to brush up on the rhetorical elements you specifically need to know for the exam, and it also describes in depth different tricks you can use to improve your essay which is 55% of your total AP score.
You also get one more practice test which should help you feel more confident on the day of the exam.
This book is old, but it’s much better compared to the other new books that have come out in the past couple years.
We also recommend reading and analyzing books by some of the authors in the self-study section, especially if your teacher does not assign any out of class reading.
The AP English Language exam is one of the hardest ones to self study for.
College Board doesn’t offer an actual reading list, but they do recommend a few authors.
Your best bet would be to start studying at least 6 months before the exam and reading at least one book from each of the following sections and making sure you’re thinking about why the author chose the certain words, sentences, and writing structures that he used.
- Abraham Lincoln
- F.D. Roosevelt
- MLK Junior
- Robert Kennedy
- Indira Gandhi
- Thomas Paine
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
- John Muir
- Annie Dillard
- Charles Lamb
- Oscar Wilde
Read every day for at least 15 minutes, and make sure to actually analyze the texts. Go over the Barron book and take the Diagnostic exam.
Practice the multiple choice questions as much as you can, and start reading more and taking more practice tests as you get closer to the exam.