AP Language and Composition | English (2023)

Course narration:Students in this introductory college-level course carefully read and analyze a broad and challenging selection of nonfiction prose, deepening their understanding of rhetoric and how language works. Through careful reading and frequent writing, students develop their ability to work with language and text with greater awareness of purpose and strategy, while strengthening their own composition skills. Course reading features explanatory, analytical, personal, and argumentative texts from a variety of authors and historical contexts. Students review and edit essays, letters, speeches, photos, and imaginative literature. Notable authors include Mary Roach, Byron Stevenson, Aristotle, William Pope, John Milton, Truman Capote, Dan Rather, Greg Lukianoff and Steven Greenblatt. Reading and writing are required in the summer. Students prepare for the AP® English Language and Composition Examination and may receive advanced placement, college credit, or both based on satisfactory performance.

Course learning objectives:Overall learning objectives are determined by the AP English Language and Composition credit components listed in the AP English Language and Composition Course Description.

  1. Students are required to write essays in a variety of forms, including narrative, explanatory, analytical, and argumentative styles. Essay topics will also address a variety of issues, including, but not limited to, ethical and environmental concerns, the influence of popular culture on Western thought, educational policy, and personal experiences. Students are expected to master a variety of prose styles and genres.

  2. Students must master the writing and proofreading process. Students routinely write, creating multiple drafts, while working to constantly improve their techniques through focused composition workshops, peer review sessions, and faculty conferences.

  3. Students keep binders for drafts and informal writing practices. Students will respond to nonfiction, literature, their own writing, and the writing of their peers. Portfolios are used to reflect on an author's intent and style. Students are encouraged to generate ideas, imitate rhetorical styles, and experiment with new forms of expression.

Evaluation system:Students are tested on their mastery of grammar, rhetoric, style, vocabulary, repetition strategies, speaking and listening comprehension and comprehension. Students are expected to write daily and add new material to their folders at the end of each class. During the school year, students will review at least four draft portfolios. In addition to these assignments, students create a large summary essay at the end of each assessment period. Students demonstrate understanding and competence by taking AP practice tests, vocabulary tests, and reading tests.

We will use a point system in this course. Points are adjusted to match the difficulty of tasks in the following categories:

  • Small essays/drafts, homework, class work

  • Major/revised compositions

  • Questionnaires, tests, symposiums and projects.

Daily tasks:Daily assignments include grammar practice, fast informal typing, annotated passages, close reading/rhetorical charts, sketching, research, rough drafts, peer editing sessions, vocabulary practice, timed writing assignments, and writing preparation. Some of the daily tasks are placed in the writing folders. Others are collected for immediate evaluation.

Writing Assignments: Students are assessed at each stage of the writing process. Students create a series of drawings that are placed in their writing cases. During each assessment period, students review at least one draft of their choice through a combination of desktop publishing, peer publishing, and conferencing. Final drafts are typed and sent to turnitin.com.

tests and quizzes

  • In each assessment period, students take two practice exams assessed in AP English Language and Composition. Students will use assessments to identify their strengths and weaknesses. The writing portion of the exam will be marked in accordance with the grading guidelines provided by the College Board. Data is collected and stored for rectification purposes.

  • Questionnaires are used to assess each student's ability to identify rhetorical features, style, reasoning, and topic elements. Students will also take regular reading comprehension tests to demonstrate that they have read and understood assigned texts. Vocabulary and grammar tests are held every two weeks.

Course materials:

  • Aufses R., Pankiewicz M., Scantlon L., Shea R. The language of composition. Third Edition, 2018. Printing.

  • Stevenson, Bryan. Only mercy. New York. mirror and grey. 2015

  • Cheap, Mary. Stiff: The strange life of human corpses. New York. W.W. Norton and Company. 2003

Essential questions:

  1. How do writers use rhetoric as a powerful persuasion tool?

  2. How do writers use different spellings to address a variety of rhetorical situations?

  3. What are effective strategies for decoding different types of text?

  4. How do authors build powerful arguments?

  5. How do style, diction, word choice, and intonation affect meaning?

  6. Why is writing and proofreading important to successful writing?

  7. What is effective research?

  8. How do the authors synthesize the sources into a reasoned argument?

  9. What rhetorical strategies do artists use when creating art, music, film, literature, and poetry?

Unit 1: Introduction to rhetoric and theories of writing

  • Is Google Making Us Stupid? by Nicolas Carr

  • Anne Lamott First Shit Drafts

  • Plato's Allegory of the Cave

  • The Decline of Geoffrey Nunberg's Grammar

  • Everything You Need to Know About Successful Writing in 10 Minutes by Stephen King

  • Read to Write by Stephen King

  • Learning to Read and Write by Frederick Douglass

  • Learning to Read by Malcolm X

  • On Carrying a Joan Didion Notebook

Unit 2: Deep Reading, Rhetorical Analysis and Argumentation Analysis

  • Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin

  • What It's Like to Get Tattooed by Zora Neale Hurston

  • People and Peace, Not Profit and War by Shirley Chisholm (Model)

  • "People and peace, not profit and war" by Milutin Gjaja

  • 2016 Hilary Clinton Award Speech (Rhetorical Analysis Essay)*

  • Star Wars Robert Eberts

  • The C word in Anna Quindeln's hallways

  • Offenders and Voting Rights by the NY Times Editorial Board

  • On incapacitating Nancy Mairs

  • The Way We Lie by Stephanie Ericsson

Unit 3: Education

  • In Defense of a Liberal Education by Fareed Zakaria (Argumentative Essay)*

  • "A Conversation with the Masters" by James Baldwin

  • I'll say enough about David Sedaris one day

  • Independent Writing Assignment (students have two weeks to complete this assignment): How do popular movies portray school life? Pick a movie, maybe even an old one, and use the movie to explain how you would feel about high school. Possibilities include 10 Things I Hate About You, The Breakfast Club, Bring it On, Clueless, Cooley High, Dead Poets Society, Easy A, Friday Night Lights, Grease, Mean Girls, The Principal, Rushmore, To Sir, with Love , Freedom Writer and Lean on Me.

  • The Education of Women by Daniel Defoe

  • My Friend, Nicholas Kristof's Former Muslim Extremist

  • Have we lost sight of the promise of public schools? by Nicole Hannah Jones

  • What I Learned: A Sentimental Education from Kindergarten to Twelfth Grade by Roz Chast

  • (Synthesis work based on the excerpts below) *

  • Massachusetts Board of Education Report by Horace Mann (271 - 273 Language and Comp)

  • Let the teenagers taste adulthood (274 – 275 Language and composition)

  • Meditation in Schools in the United States (276 Languages ​​and Comp)

  • Why We Urgently Need to Bring Vocational Training Back to Schools by Nicholas Wyman

  • What America Can Learn from Smart Schools Elsewhere by Amanda Ripley

  • How High Schools Destroy the Classroom by Leslie Nguyen - Okwu

  • Let's Pay High School Students To Go To School And We'll Like Brentin Mock

  • This school wants to revolutionize learning with technology by Amy Rolph

Unidade 4: Cultura Pop

  • Hip Hop Planet by James McBride (argumentative essay)*

  • Mark Twain's Corn-Pone Opinions (Timed Multiple Choice Assessment)*

  • The Opulence of Despair by Ray Bradbury

  • High School Confidential: Notes on Teen Films by David Denby

  • Did superheroes kill the movie star? By Angelica Jade Bastien

  • Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize Banquet Speech

  • "A Hard Rain is A-Gonna Fall" and "Masters of War" by Bob Dylan (Rhetorical Analysis of a Song)*

  • (Synthesis or argumentative essay based on the excerpts below) *

  • Die Power Elite de C. Wright Mills

  • dr Clooney I assume? A map of the famous recolonization of Africa by Dave Gilson

  • West Memphis Three: Internet Campaign, Hollywood Powered Its Launch by Brad Knickerbocker

  • Why Celebrity Activism Does More Harm Than Good, by Andrés Jiménez

  • Jim Carry Please Shut Up About Vaccines by Jeffery Kluger

  • Who really benefits from celebrity activism? By Georgia Cole, Ben Radley and Jean-Benoit Falisse

  • Beyoncé and Why Celebrity Activists Matter by Joshua Ostroff

  • Should athletes stay in sports? By Jay Caspian Kang

Unit 5: The Environment - 8 Lessons

  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

  • Excerpt from The Road by Cormac McCarthy

  • "A Fable for Tomorrow" by Rachel Carson (creative rewrite)*

  • Extract from Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson (Timed Multiple Choice Assessment)*

  • Natural Man by Lewis Thomas (One Page Rhetorical Analysis)*

  • Terry Tempest Williams' One Breast Wife Clan

  • A Moral Atmosphere by Bill McKibben

  • Why science is so hard to believe by Joel Achenbach

  • (Synthesis essay or rhetorical analysis based on the excerpts below) *

  • Michal Pollan's Unhappy Meals

  • The Locavore Myth by James McWilliams

  • The Carnivore's Dilemma by Nicolette Hahn Niman

  • Let Them Eat Dog by Jonathan Safran Foer

  • A Good Food Manifesto for America by Will Allen

  • Waste Not by Aliza Eliazarov

  • Could insects be the miracle food of the future? By Emily Before

  • Lab-raised meat could save far more than livestock lives by Bahar Gholipour

Unit 6: Gender

  • In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens de Alice Walker (ensaio argumentativo)*

  • Auszug aus Virginia Woolfs Professions for Women (Timed Multiple Choice Assessment)*

  • I want a Judy Brady wife

  • Just Walk By: A Black Man Reflects His Power to Transform Public Space by Brent Staples

  • Losing My Religion for Jimmy Carter Equality

  • Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto by Jessa Crispin

  • Feminism is for all of Bell Hooks

  • Why Wonder Woman is a Masterpiece of Subversive Feminism by Zoe Williams

  • (Synthesis work based on the excerpts below) *

  • Marlboro Man von Leonard McCombe

  • Being a Man by Paul Theroux

  • The Myth of Male Decline: Male Roots and Trauma by Stephanie Coontz

  • Toxic Masculinity Kills Men by Kali Holloway

  • The Perils of Masculinity by Roberto A. Ferdman

  • The hard, adrenaline-pumping truth about 'Toxic Masculinity' by Frank Miniter

  • Man Trap Emily Bobrows

  • Talking to Boys Like We Talk to Girls by Andrew Reiner

Unit 7: Justice

  • Between Me and the World of Ta - Nehisi Coates (Argumentative Essay)*

  • Auszug aus On the Duty of Civil Disobedience de Henry David Thoreau (Timed Multiple Choice Assessment)*

  • Liberty Leading the People by Eugene Delacroix vs. Injustice Leads to Greed and Opportunity by Sandow Birk

  • (Rhetorical comparison/evaluation based on the statements below) *

  • Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

  • John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address

  • Statement on United States Immigration and Refugee Policy by Roland Reagan

  • Presidential Comments on the 50th Anniversary of Selma from Barack Obama to Montgomery Marches

  • Justice and the Passion for Vengeance by Robert C. Solomon

  • Hell Hole by Atul Gawande

  • American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens

  • The irrationality of natural punishments by Jennifer Lackey

  • Why Corrupt Bankers Avoid Jail by Patrick Radden Keefe

  • (Synthesis work based on the excerpts below) *

  • Should neo-Nazis have freedom of speech? By Thane Rosenbaum

  • No, there is no "hate speech" exception to Eugene Volokh's First Amendment

  • Free speech is the most effective antidote to Sean Stevens and Nick Phillips hate speech

  • Freedom of Expression Isn't Always Valuable: That's Not Lata Nott's Point

  • The case for curbing hate speech

  • Free Speech by Signe Wilkinson

Unit 8: Money

  • Ministry in Florida by Barbara Ehrenreich

  • Scratch Beginnings de Adam W. Shepard

  • Excerpt from A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift (Timed Multiple Choice Assessment)*

  • The Gospel of Wealth by Andrew Carnegie

  • "A Memory of Christmas" por Puck Magazine

  • About Lars Eightner's Container Diving

  • The Singer Solution to Global Poverty by Peter Singer

  • Human needs and division of labor under Karl Marx's rule of private property

  • (Argumentative essay based on quotations)*

  • (Synthesis work based on the excerpts below) *

  • Make the First Two Years of College Free: An Inexpensive Way to Expand Access to Higher Education in America by Sara Goldrick-Rab and Nancy Kendall

  • The Case Against Free College by Matt Bruenig

  • The Value of a College Education and the Impact of Student Loan Debt on Major Life Decisions (Charts) by Gallup, Inc.

  • Making College Free for Everyone by Bernie Sanders

  • The Case for a Free College by Keith Ellison

  • There Is No Way College Can Or Should Be Free By Thomas Sowell

  • Is the Freie Universität really free? By Anya Kamenets

Unit 9: Independent/community book study

  • Mercy Only: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

  • Stiff: The Strange Life of Human Corpses by Mary Roach

  • On Barbara Lazear Ascher's Compassion

  • National Prejudice by Oliver Goldsmith

  • Created to Leave: Some Thoughts on Lee Smith's "Culture"

  • Why am I leaving J.D.'s house? advance

  • A GoFundMe campaign is not Ted Closson's health insurance

  • (Synthesis work based on the excerpts below) *

  • Stopping online abuse is not impossible. Here We Start by Laura Hudson

  • Online Bullying (Graphic) by Pew Research Center

  • Online forums are a lifetime for isolated parents of disabled children by Emma Sterland

  • Subject Change: Art and Attention in the Internet Age by Sven Birkerts

  • How the Internet Brings the World Together Dex Torricke-Barton

  • Partners of My Heart: On Making Friends on the Internet by Daniel Mallory Ortberg

  • Is social media separating us from the big picture? by Jenna Wortham

  • Constant sharing makes us competitive and depressed By Emerson Csorba

informal writing:

  • Students maintain a writing portfolio. The portfolio includes a checklist with all the necessary components, including organizers for rhetorical analysis, grammar worksheets, vocabulary terms and definitions, informal writing reflections, timed writing assignments, essay drafts, review sheets for peer-reviewed articles ​by peers and writing workshop. Handout Students meet with the teacher twice per assessment period. Portfolios are evaluated during each conference.

  • Sometimes students receive a thesis statement prepared by the professor. The thesis statement can be linked to the unit reading or to a contemporary article. Students are then expected to formulate a paragraph that supports this thesis. Students are encouraged to develop their own ideas and arguments.

  • Students are responsible for creating a fortnightly post on the discussion forum. The publication serves as an open forum for student writing. In some cases, students are responsible for responding to an article of the week. Other times, students are given the opportunity to create personal narratives, respond to current events, or review a product, restaurant, television show, or event. Students maintain the discussion forum, but the teacher actively monitors it. Students must provide constructive feedback to two peers using the blog commenting feature.

Writing workshops:

  • For any major writing assignment, students are expected to attend a writing workshop. The writing workshops will serve three functions: (1) serve as a brainstorming space for brainstorming and thinking development; (2) provide a forum for pair editing exercises; and (3) allow student work to be graded against assignment rubrics. Although the workshops are initially teacher-led, students are expected to independently complete the workshops for the second assessment period.

  • Writing workshops begin with mini-lessons on some elements of the writing process. These mini-lessons focus on vocabulary development, sentence structure, organization, use of evidence, and effective use of rhetoric. Mini-lessons can take the form of direct instruction, modeling practice, extensive reading, or guided experimentation. Each lesson represents an ongoing effort to improve a student's writing. Lessons are recorded and stored on the classroom website for students to access at any time.

  • Vocabulary building classes can include, but are not limited to, classes based on using academic vocabulary in context, avoiding clichés and jargon, and knowing synonyms to avoid repetition.

  • Sentence structure lessons may include, but are not limited to, lessons based on compound sentences, complex sentences, complex compound sentences, the use of dependent clauses, apostrophes, correct citation integration, and the proper use of non-sentence structures. standardized.

  • Organizational lessons can include, but are not limited to, lessons based on rhetorical structures, logical organization, and use of transition devices.

  • Lessons on using evidence can include, but are not limited to, lessons based on assertions, objections, general and specific details, and ways of reasoning.

  • Effective rhetoric lessons can include lessons based on clarity, changing audiences, and keeping voice and intonation consistent throughout sentence structure, among other things.

  • The teacher provides formative feedback throughout the writing, reviewing, and presentation process. Once designs are complete, students must implement feedback into the final design. The evaluation must be confirmed by the students in the final essay.

  • When commenting on individual drafts, the teacher maintains a list of top concerns for each writing assignment. This list is then given to students for discussion in writing workshops.

contemporary connections

  • Students are expected to read the week's articles throughout the unit. These contemporary readings will link thematically or contextually to the standard texts. Students perform a SPACE CAT analysis for each external reading. Occasionally, study groups are formed, with each group responsible for choosing a topic for the rest of the class to respond to. Students who make the selection send in a completed questionnaire and a written reflection expressing the virtues of peace.


  • Students receive a package containing a combination of SAT, academic and unitary vocabulary. Students are tested weekly on their ability to identify the word in context and use it in an original sentence.

regular reviews

  • Reading Quiz: Students are given a quiz about most reading that takes place outside of class. Questionnaire to assess students' comprehension and application of reading strategies.

  • Vocabulary Tests: Students are expected to have a solid grasp of the vocabulary used in the unit. Vocabulary comes from textbook readings as well as unit specific vocabulary.

  • Grammar quiz: Students will participate in a variety of grammar exercises throughout the unit. Students are tested on these concepts as needed.

  • Cumulative Essays: Students will review at least one essay per grading period. These essays have a higher point value than the drafts in their portfolios.

summer reading:

  • The Mime of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas a Generation, de Greg Lukianoff e Jonathan Haidt

  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

  • Epidemic of Narcissism: Life in the Age of Rights by Jean Twenge

  • Bully: Shakespeare in Stephen Greenblatt's Politics


What percent of people get a 5 on the AP Lang test? ›

The overall pass rate of all AP courses was 71.13% in May 2020, with 19.57% of those test-takers receiving a perfect score of 5.
The Pass Rate.
AP Class/ExamPass Rate (3 or Higher)Perfect Score (5)
AP English Language and Composition62.1%12.6%
All AP Classes71.13%19.57%
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Is a 4 on an AP Lang essay good? ›

Medium-Low Score (3-4)

These essays are weaker than the 5 score because the writer overlooks or perhaps misreads important ideas in the passage. The student may summarize the passage's ideas instead of analyzing them.

Is AP Lang hardest AP? ›

AP English Language and Composition is considered moderate difficulty, with class alumnae rating it 5.1/10 for overall difficulty (the 15th-most-difficult out of the 28 large AP classes surveyed). The pass rate is slightly lower than other AP classes, with 57% graduating with a 3 or higher.

What is the hardest AP to get a 5 on? ›

Top 10 Hardest AP Classes by Exam Pass Rate
AP Class/ExamPass Rate (3+)Perfect Score (5)
1. Physics 151.6%8.8%
2. Environmental Science53.4%11.9%
3. Chemistry56.1%10.6%
4. U.S. Government and Politics57.5%15.5%
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Which AP exam has the lowest pass rate? ›

AP Physics 1

Physics 1 has the lowest pass rate of any AP exam (42.1%) along with one of the lowest percentages of students scoring a 5 (just 6.9%). Physics 1 is an algebra-based physics class that explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics, simple circuits, and mechanical waves.

How many people fail AP Lang exam? ›

This exam has a slightly lower than average passing rate, but has a higher passing rate than many other reading and writing intensive courses. For the most recent exam cycle in 2021, the AP® English Language exam had a passing rate of 57.7% and a mean score of 2.86 (reference).

What is the easiest AP exam? ›

AP Psychology maintains its reputation as an "easy" course due to its relatively uncomplicated course content. Students complete projects, tests, and quizzes throughout the year as they prepare for the exam. Students can take the AP Psychology exam on paper or in a digital format.

Why is AP Lang so hard? ›

AP Lang is one of the most challenging AP classes you can take in high school in terms of the amount of critical high-level writing expected of you and the amount of time required to keep up with the reading and syllabus. To keep up, you will need to set aside 15-20 hours a week.

Does Harvard accept 4 AP? ›

Harvard only accepts AP® scores of 5 for course credit. If you have 4 scores of 5, you can opt to obtain Advanced Standing. You can use AP® credits to opt-out of lower-level classes. Harvard has general academic requirements that all students must take.

Does UCLA accept 3 on AP test? ›

UCLA awards college credit for AP exams with scores of three or higher. The specific credit you receive depends on the college/school your major belongs to: AP Credit for the The College. AP Credit for the School of the Arts and Architecture.

Should I retake an AP exam if I got a 2? ›

You should only retake the AP exam if external factors impacted your test performance the first time AND you're near-positive that the extra effort will pay off in college credit. There's really no other reason to retake an AP exam.

Is a 3 passing on AP Lang? ›

Scoring a 3, 4, or 5 on any AP® exam is generally considered good. Typically, a 3 is defined as 'qualified,' 4 as 'well qualified,' and a 5 as 'extremely well qualified. ' Most colleges and universities have well-established AP® Credit Policies for students that score in these ranges.

What is the toughest AP exam? ›

United States History, Biology, English Literature, Calculus BC, Physics C, and Chemistry are often named as the hardest AP classes and tests.

What is the hardest AP to pass? ›

AP Physics C – Electricity & Magnetism (E&M) is rated as the hardest AP test by real AP class alumnae, with an average difficulty rating of 8.1 / 10 (10 = hardest). Those who stay the course often score well, though, with a 2022 pass rate of 69%, and 30% of students earning a 5.

Is a 70% a 5 on the AP exam? ›

Usually, a 70 to 75 percent out of 100 translates to a 5. However, there are some exams that are exceptions to this rule of thumb. The AP Grades that are reported to students, high schools, colleges, and universities in July are on AP's five-point scale: 5: Extremely well qualified.

What APs do colleges like? ›

2. The Best AP Classes Are Ones You Can Do Well In
  • AP Chinese Language.
  • AP Spanish Language.
  • AP Art Studio Drawing.
  • AP Art Studio 2D.
  • AP Calculus BC.
  • AP Japanese Language.
  • AP French Language.
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics.
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How rare is it to get a 5 on an AP exam? ›

The odds of passing with a 5—the highest score—are quite low on any exam: between 10% and 20% for most tests. They are even lower for popular tests, such as AP English Lit and AP Environmental Science, which have 5 rates below 10%.

Can colleges see if you failed an AP test? ›

Colleges won't see your scores, and you won't miss out on any opportunities. So, even if you are unsure if you'll pass, it's a good idea to opt to take an AP course.

What is the least taken AP class? ›

Many of the least popular AP exams are world language tests, as these exams generally target a more niche group of students. What's more, some languages are less commonly taught at high schools than others (e.g., Japanese and Italian courses are rarer than Spanish courses).

What if student fails in AP exam? ›

What happens if you fail an AP exam? If you fail an AP exam, you will not receive college credit for that course. The good news is that a failed exam does not affect your GPA. In addition, you can retake the AP exam the next year.

Is AP Lang harder than AP lit? ›

AP® English Language showed just 57.2% of students who took the class attained a “passing” score of 3 or higher. Whereas, the AP® English Literature Exam had just 47.3% of students attain a 3 or higher.

Is a 3 OK on AP exam? ›

In most cases, a 3 or higher is considered a solid AP score. But you can get an even better idea of how good your AP score is by comparing it to the average score for that test that year. For example, the average score for AP Biology was 2.83 in 2021. Anything higher would be considered above average for that test.

Do colleges accept 3 on AP Lang exam? ›

AP Exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. Many U.S. colleges grant credit and/or advanced placement (that means they let you skip the equivalent course once you get to college) for scores of 3 and above.

Is 1 week enough to study for AP exams? ›

How many hours you need to spend on studying for AP tests every week is going to depend a lot on how much material you need to review and how comfortable you are with the format of the exam questions. In general, though, you should expect to study for several hours a week split over two to three sessions.

Is a 1 good on AP exam? ›

AP students who average scores of 1 or 2 on their AP Exams are 16 and 19 percentage points, respectively, more likely to enroll in a four-year college than academically similar peers who did not take AP.

Is 5 APs too much? ›

You can definitely take 5 APs, but just make sure to stay on top of your work and spend a good amount of time studying to make sure you know the material.

Should I take AP Lang If I hate English? ›

Yes, do take it! As previous responses have noted, a lot of people may not like English (me included) and still take AP lang. Just letting you know, if you do enjoy writing, the AP test is primarily writing, consisting of 1 multiple choice section and 3 writing sections.

Is a 3 A good AP Lang score? ›

An AP® score of 3 is a respectable score. The College Board designates a 3 to be “qualified”. That means that you understood and executed the material to the point that you could pass the college class. While you did not receive the highest grade in the class, you did pass.

What percent is a 4 on the AP Lang exam? ›

A composite score of 0 to 52 results in a 1 for the exam, 53 to 80 is a 2, 81 to 97 is a 3, 98 to 113 is a 4, and 114 to 150 is a 5.

How many APs should I take for Ivy League? ›

Ivy League

To be a competitive candidate for admission, you will need to take at least 8 AP® classes, more if you can. It is a good idea to take 1 AP® course in each of the following core disciplines: English, Foreign Language, History, Math, and Science to impress the admissions officers.

Is 4 APs enough for Ivy League? ›

Aim for four to eight AP exams in your junior and senior years. For competitive Ivy League schools, admission officers also want to see AP courses for core subject areas and additional courses. If possible, aim to pass about seven to 12 AP exams if applying to these highly selective schools.

What AP scores does Yale take? ›

Yale accepts scores of 4 and 5 on the AP® exams for credit. The score requirements vary by department. You can use your AP® credits to “accelerate” your Yale education. With the professor's permission, you can use your AP® credits to take higher-level classes sooner.

Can I get into Harvard with 3 AP classes? ›

Does Harvard Accept AP Credit. Harvard does accept AP Credit for classes in which a student earned a 5 on the AP Exam. These credits are accepted under a program called “Advanced Standing.” To qualify, students must earn a 5 on a minimum of 4 AP tests, transferring a total of 32 credits.

Do Ivy Leagues accept 3 on AP exams? ›

It is a fact that five out of the eight Ivy League colleges give college credit for AP exams in which students have scored at least a 4, or in some cases, the score must be a 5.

How many AP classes should I take for Harvard? ›

Incoming students who have taken AP exams need a total of 32 credits to be eligible for Advanced Standing. Credits are earned by scoring 5 on a minimum of four AP exams. Harvard confers 4 or 8 credits for eac eligible AP exam depending on whether the exam covers one semester or one full year's worth of material.

Do colleges automatically see your AP scores? ›

The College Board

You, the college, university, or scholarship program you designated in My AP, and educators in your school and district, including your AP teachers, will automatically receive your scores once they're released.

Do colleges care if you retake an AP exam? ›

It is important to understand that AP scores have minimal impact on potential admission to college unless the student is applying to the most selective colleges. A student who scores a 3 or above on the exam should consider a retake carefully because of this small impact.

What if you are sick on AP exam day? ›

There are provisions for students who become sick or injured during or right before testing. In case of such an emergency, please contact your AP® Coordinator at your school IMMEDIATELY. A doctor's note will be required.

Can you score 0 on AP exams? ›

Thing. Here are the basics of the AP English exam: it has 55 multiple-choice questions, worth 45% of your score, and three essays, worth 55% of your score. Each essay is graded between 1 and 9.
Step 3: Use the Chart to Estimate Your Scaled Score.
Composite Score (0-100 or 0-150)Scaled Score (1-5)
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Does UC Berkeley accept 3 on AP test? ›

Score of 3 or higher satisfies full American History and Institutions requirement. Score of 3 or higher satisfies American Institutions only.

Are AP tests curved? ›

In other words, AP scores are not graded on a curve but instead calculated specifically to reflect consistency in scoring from year to year.

Can you get a 100 on an AP test? ›

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest score possible.

Are APS harder than college classes? ›

The college course meets 2 - 3 times per week for 13 weeks, and the AP course takes up to 180 classes to cover the same material. Even if the scope of the courses are the same, the pace of the AP courses is much slower, which makes them less demanding.

Is a 70 a passing grade in an AP class? ›

The average passing rate in AP is 60-70%.

Is AP harder than honor? ›

AP classes also tend to be more challenging than honors classes. For AP classes, you should have the ability to manage difficult coursework while preparing for AP exams.

Is it hard to get a 5 on the AP Lang exam? ›

All in all, getting the 5️⃣ on AP Lang is not as difficult as it may appear. You'll find that paying attention in your classes, committing to practice, and asking for help will heavily contribute to your high score in May!

How many people got 5s on AP Lang? ›

See how all AP students performed on the most recent exams. The score distribution tables on this page show the percentages of 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s for each AP subject.
AP Score Distributions.
ExamAP German Language and Culture
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Is it impressive to get a 5 on AP test? ›

An AP® score of 5 is the best that you could have done on the AP® exam. If you earned a 5, then congratulations! Getting a 5 means that you have agonized over this exam, studying and working over all else.

Is the AP Lang exam curved? ›

Why are AP® English Language scores curved? The College Board curves AP® exams so that a consistent standard can be achieved every year, despite the different sample of test takers.

Is AP Lit or Lang harder? ›

AP® English Language showed just 57.2% of students who took the class attained a “passing” score of 3 or higher. Whereas, the AP® English Literature Exam had just 47.3% of students attain a 3 or higher.

What happens if you get 100% on an AP exam? ›

While it won't give you any more college credit or show up on your score report, a perfect score on an AP exam—that's full credit for all exam portions—is an impressive accomplishment. Only a very small number of students get perfect scores each year.

Which AP exam is the hardest? ›

United States History, Biology, English Literature, Calculus BC, Physics C, and Chemistry are often named as the hardest AP classes and tests.

Should I report a 3 on an AP exam? ›

The first thing that you should do is check the AP Score credit policy for the colleges that you are applying to. If they will give you credit for the 3, then by all means report it! On the other hand, if they only give credit for a 5 on that exam (not even for a 4), you may want to hold off.

Should I report an AP score of 2? ›

Never report or send an exam score of a 1 or 2. They are not considered “passing” scores. There are other scenarios where reporting your scores may not be a good idea. For instance, you may have received an A in AP Physics but got a 3 on the exam.

Do Ivy Leagues accept 4s on AP Exams? ›

It is a fact that five out of the eight Ivy League colleges give college credit for AP exams in which students have scored at least a 4, or in some cases, the score must be a 5. While the AP credit policies vary from school to school, they can also vary from department to department within a school.


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