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Course Updates

AP English Literature and Composition has been updated for the 2019-20 school year to make things clearer for you and your students, define or limit scope, and better align with college-level expectations.

Course and exam information is now clearly presented in a course and exam description (CED).

The CED organizes the course into commonly taught units.

  • The CED organizes AP English Literature and Composition into 9 units centered around the analysis of prose, poetry, and longer works.
  • This represents a sequence that is found in widely adopted college textbooks and that many AP English Literature and Composition teachers have told us they follow.
  • By organizing the course content and skills into units, we’re able to give you and your students free formative assessments—personal progress checks—that you can assign throughout the year to measure student progress.
  • We want to respect your time and expertise by providing a road map you can modify and adapt to your local priorities and preferences. You can choose to follow this suggestion for how content can be sequenced and paced. As always, you’ll have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.

The CED defines specific skills for students.

  • The course framework outlines distinct skills that AP English Literature and Composition students should practice throughout the year. For example, students will explain the function of contrasting characters and develop a defensible claim about an interpretation of a text.
  • Specific skills are matched to specific course content in the form of essential knowledge statements.
  • With this kind of specificity, you and your students will know how that content will be assessed on the AP Exam.

Exam Updates

Starting in the 2019-20 school year:

  • The weighting, timing, and number of questions in each exam section aren't changing.
  • There will be a consistent range of difficulty in the reading passages across all versions of the exam from year to year.
  • A few types of multiple-choice questions (e.g., vocabulary in context and identification) will no longer appear on the exam. 
  • The free-response questions will be scored using analytic rubrics, rather than the current holistic rubrics. This change will give you more specific feedback on your Instructional Planning Reports about your students’ performance.

Key Dates for AP English Literature and Composition Teachers

  • 2019 AP Summer Institutes begin. Updated AP English Literature and Composition workshop materials will be available to provide context on the CED, unit guides, and other new resources.
  • 2019 CED binders are available. You can preorder your free copy now using the 2019-20 AP Course and Exam Description Preorder Form.
  • August 1: The AP Classroom system resources—including unit guides, personal progress checks, progress dashboard, and question bank—become available, along with interactive tutorials on how to make the most of these resources with your students.
    • Completing a simple digital activation process will give you immediate access to the system and ensure your students can register for the exams by the new fall deadlines.*
    • If you’re teaching a new AP English Literature and Composition course in 2019-20, you’ll need to have your AP Course Audit form approved by your administrator before you can access the system.* 
  • Mid-August: 1-day workshops begin.
  • Your school’s AP coordinator will set up your class sections in the system. If your coordinator chooses not to create class sections, you can create your own.
  • Before classes start, log in to the system to get join codes for each of your class sections.*
  • Post the join code for your class section on the board or distribute it to your students. Tell students to log in and join you class section before the next class.*
  • October 4: Preferred deadline for your AP coordinator to order 2020 AP Exams.
  • November 15: Deadline for your AP coordinator to order 2020 AP Exams. 
  • Use your progress dashboard to see where students are demonstrating strength and where they have opportunities for further growth.
  • January 31, 2020: Deadline, if applicable, to submit your AP English Literature and Composition Course Audit form and have it approved by your administrator for 2019-20 AP Course Audit authorization.*
  • Before March: If your course started after November 15, 2019, make sure that all your students have joined your AP Classroom section and are following your AP coordinator’s directions about registering for AP Exams.*
  • March 13, 2020: Deadline for your AP coordinator to place exam orders for students in courses that started after November 15, 2019.*
  • Use the AP question bank and feedback on the progress dashboard to help students prepare for their AP Exams.
  • May 2020: AP Exam administration.

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