If you're planning to take the AP English Literature and Composition exam, you'll need to get familiar with what to expect from the test.
Whether the 2020 test date of Wednesday, May 6 is near or far, I’m here to help you get serious about preparing for the exam.
Example: These questions ask you to infer something—a character or narrator’s opinion, an author’s intention, and so forth—based on what is said in the passage.
It will be something that isn’t stated directly or concretely, but that you can assume based on what is stated clearly in the passage.
They don’t require you to do a lot of interpretation—you just need to know what is actually going on.
You can identify these from words and phrases like “according to,” “asserting,” “mentioned,” and so on.
You can identify these questions from words like “infer,” and “imply.” The key to these questions is to not be tripped up by the fact that you are making an inference—there will be a best answer, and it will be the choice that is best supported by what is actually found in the passage.
In many ways, inference questions are like second-level reading comprehension questions—you need to know not just what a passage says, but what it means.
The exam tests your ability to analyze works and excerpts of literature and cogently communicate that analysis in essay form.
Read on for a breakdown of the two different sections and their question types.