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The Standards of AP

HOW TO SURVIVE ADVANCED PLACEMENT LITERATURE

The Layout of the Test

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55%

Essays

45%

Multiple Choice

Pass        Fail

3 Hour Exam

60 Minutes for 55 Questions

120 Minutes for 3 Essays

Score Break Down

Types of Essays

Analysis of a poem (or two) discussing how literary elements or features contribute to meaning

Analysis of a prose passage (usually fiction, but not always) discussing how particular literary elements or features contribute to meaning

Answer to a provided question by selecting a literary work of merit and discussing its relevant features in relation to question

Close Reading Poetry

Close Reading Prose

Open Question

1. Freshman composition 2. Informational text focus 3. Write in 3 rhetorical    modes 4. The study of rhetorical    and linguistic choices   5. Awareness of how STYLE    is achieved by writer's    language

1. Freshman literature 2. Imaginative text focus 3. Literary analysis for 3    essays (different genres) 4. Focus on overall message 5. Awareness of how overall    meaning is achieved by    technique (literary    conventions)

AP III

AP IV

General Comparison of AP III vs. AP IV

Answer the question in light of a holistic interpretation taking into account the complexity of the work while highlighting personal mastery of language.

THE AP LITERATURE MANTRA

Connect technique to purpose. Don't write about what you want to write about, answer the prompt!

Answer the Question

Address the entire text. Consider the meaning/theme. Examine patterns and explain significance.

Holistic Interpretation

Demonstrate your ability to read discerningly and think critically. Avoid the obvious!

Complexity of the Work

Syntax, diction, grammar and conventions... in other words, WRITE WELL!

Personal Mastery of Language

Information adapted from  AP Central College Board and Literature and Composition: Reading, Writing, Thinking by Carol Jago

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