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Important Updates

New Exam for Classroom Use
A secure 2017 AP English Literature and Culture Exam is now available on the AP Course Audit website. To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account, and click on the Secure Documents link in the Resources section of your Course Status page.

Enroll in 2017-18 AP Mentoring
AP English Literature and Composition teachers of all experience levels can participate in an online teacher-to-teacher support program.

Sample Student Responses and Scoring Commentary
Helpful resources have been added to AP Course Audit:

  • Sample student responses and scoring commentary for the secure 2016 AP English Literature and Composition Exam
  • Two sets of student essays from the open-ended free-response question on the 2016 AP English Literature Exam—one focusing on The Great Gatsby and the other on unusual student-selected texts

Previously Secure Exam Now Publicly Available
The 2012 AP English Literature Exam that was previously available only through your AP Course Audit account is now publicly available. This means you can now use the questions from this older exam without restriction.

Course Overview

The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work's structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.

Essential Course Resources

College Board Store

Find AP English Literature and Composition publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.


AP and Higher Education

Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.

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 current Development Committee for AP English Literature and Composition.