Exam Info And Course Content

The AP English Literature exam consists of 2 sections. The first one is multiple choice, has 55 questions, lasts 60 minutes, and counts for 45% of your overall exam score.

The second section is free response. There are 3 prompts total and you have 120 minutes. You have to write a response to a literary analysis of a poem, literary analysis of a passage or prose fiction, analysis of an issue selected by you.

College Board provides free example test questions, so click here if you want to check them out.

Last Time The Exam Changed

The exams has never been changed and there are no plans for changing it in the future.

Review Materials

AP English Literature Princeton Review 2017The best review book for the AP English Literature exam is the Princeton Review book published in 2016.

It not only has 2 full length practice tests and sample prose, poetry, and essays that help you plan and organize your own writing on the exam, but it also reviews literary movements and gives you advice on what other books you should read.

They multiple choice explanations are more detailed than in other books which makes it much easier to figure out what you’re doing wrong.

AP English Literature Crash Course Review BookHowever, some think the book doesn’t place enough emphasis on the essay section, so your best bet would be combining the Princeton Review book with the AP English Crash Course book.

This book is old, but packed full of useful information and tips that other newer books don’t have.

It has a whole chapter dedicated to properly writing the essays, and it also has a summary of the plot, setting, and characters of books often cited on the AP test. (We recommend actually reading the works, but looking over the summaries the day before the test as it will help you immensely.)

If you buy the book, you will also get a free online practice exam that gives very detailed explanations and it automatically scores you so you can be confident of your ability on exam day.

Self-Study Tips

The AP English Literature exam is fairly difficult to self study for because it tests your reading and writing skills instead of testing memorization.

You should look over the list of works which have been referenced to in past AP exams, and read at least a quarter of the ones on the list.

If you are a strong reader and a competent writer already, all you’ll need to do is review using Princeton’s book and read the summaries of the frequently used works in the Crash Course book.

You should also take at least 2 practice tests to make sure you know the format of the exam, but after that all you can do is read books that might be on the exam and improve your reading and writing skills.