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Updates to CED, Rubrics, and Scoring Guidelines
The AP English Literature and Composition CED has been updated, along with the rubrics and CED sample question scoring guidelines. Please refer to the errata sheet for details about the specific updates that were made.
A simplified rubric document (without decision rules and scoring notes) is also now available, featuring a single-page rubric for each question.
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AP English Literature and Composition is an introductory college-level literary analysis course. Students cultivate their understanding of literature through reading and analyzing texts as they explore concepts like character, setting, structure, perspective, figurative language, and literary analysis in the context of literary works.
AP English Literature and Composition Course and Exam Description—Fall 2019This is the core document for this course and is new for the 2019-20 school year. New unit guides clearly lay out the course content and skills and recommend sequencing and pacing for them throughout the year. The CED also more clearly outlines how material will be assessed on the exam, provides instructional strategies, and gives information on the AP Program in general. The CED was updated in September 2019; please see the errata sheet for details.
AP English Literature and Composition CED Errata Sheet
This document details the updates made to the course and exam description (CED) in September 2019. It includes printable copies of the updated pages, which can be used as replacement sheets in your CED binder.
AP English Literature and Composition Course at a Glance
Excerpted from the AP English Literature and Composition Course and Exam Description, the Course at a Glance document outlines the topics and skills covered in the AP English Literature and Composition course, along with suggestions for sequencing.
AP English Literature and Composition CED Scoring Guidelines
This document details how each of the sample free-response questions in the CED would be scored.
One-Page AP English Literature and Composition Scoring Rubrics
This is a simplified version of the longer scoring rubric document, with the decision rules and scoring notes taken out. This document features a student-friendly single-page rubric for each free-response question.
AP English Literature and Composition Rubrics with Decision Rules and Scoring Notes
This document features general scoring criteria that apply to each of the three free-response questions, regardless of specific question prompt.
Excerpt from the novel Lucy by Jamaica KincaidExcerpt for free response question 2 (prose fiction analysis) from the sample exam in the CED.
The course content is organized into units that have been arranged in a logical sequence. This sequence has been developed through feedback from educators as well as analysis of high school and college courses and textbooks. The units in AP English Literature and Composition scaffold skills and knowledge through three genre-based, recurring units. This course framework provides a description of what students should know and be able to do to qualify for college credit or placement.
The AP English Literature and Composition curriculum is made up of nine units. As always, you have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.
|Units||Exam Weighting (Multiple-Choice Section)|
|Units 1, 4, and 7: Short Fiction||42%–49%|
|Units 2, 5, and 8: Poetry||36%–45%|
|Units 3, 6, and 9: Longer Fiction or Drama||15%–18%|
The updated AP English Literature and Composition framework included in the course and exam description outlines distinct skills that students should practice throughout the year—skills that will help them learn to read texts critically.
|Skill Categories||Exam Weighting (Multiple- Choice Section)|
|Explain the function of character.||16%–20%|
|Explain the function of setting.||3%–6%|
|Explain the function of plot and structure.||16%–20%|
|Explain the function of the narrator or speaker.||21%–26%|
|Explain the function of word choice, imagery, and symbols.||10%–13%|
|Explain the function of comparison.||10%–13%|
|Develop textually substantiated arguments about interpretations of a part or all of a text.||10%–13%|
AP and Higher Education
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This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy Search.
Meet the Development Committee for AP English Literature and Composition.