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AP English Language & Composition Quiz


Test your knowledge and study skills for the AP English Language & Composition Exam. Will you score a 5? What study tools will serve you best? Find out with our quiz!


#1

How many essay questions comprise the “Free Response” section of the AP English Language exam?

#2

Which of the following phrases represents a literary allusion?

#3

The “synthesis” essay provides 6 different source texts for you to read and reference along with a writing prompt. How many sources should your synthesis essay cite?

#4

Is there a “guessing penalty” on the multiple-choice section of the AP English Language Exam?

#5

Vocabulary flashcards are a useful way to study for the AP English Language exam.

AP English Language Quiz: Your Score and Study Recommendations

Answers

#1

How many essay questions comprise the “Free Response” section of the AP English Language exam?

Answer: The AP English Language exam includes 3 different prompts for 3 different styles of essay. We can help you break down each essay type!

#2

Which of the following phrases represents a literary allusion?

Answer: “Cyclopean” is a reference to “cyclops”, a one-eyed giant from ancient Greek mythology. You may remember reading about a famous cyclops, Polyphemus, in Homer’s The Odyssey.

#3

Vocabulary flashcards are a useful way to study for the AP English Language exam.

Answer: FALSE. You don’t need to memorize a lot of definitions, but you may need to choose the best definition for an unfamiliar word based on context clues. Try reading comprehension exercises.

#4

Is there a “guessing penalty” on the multiple-choice section of the AP English Language Exam?

Answer: No, there is no guessing penalty! The Princeton Review’s Process of Elimination and Letter of the Day strategies can help you boost your score, even when you’re not sure about the correct answer choice.

#5

The “synthesis” essay provides 6 different source texts for you to read and reference along with a writing prompt. How many sources should your synthesis essay cite?

Answer: The synthesis writing prompt will direct you to use at least 3 of the provided sources in your essay. Using fewer than 3 sources will definitely hurt your score. Trying to use more than 3 might over-complicate your essay. The Princeton Review’s time-saving tips can help you maximize the reading period before you start writing!


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