AP English Literature and Composition Exam (12th Graders) - UPDATED

AP English Literature and Composition Exam (12th Graders) - UPDATED
5/13/2020, 2:00 PM 2:45 PM

Exam timing

Students will be given 45 minutes to read and respond to Question 1 and then 5 minutes to upload their response.


Question 1 (45 mins.)

% of exam weight (rounded)


Question name

Prose Fiction Analysis

Question description

This question presents students with a passage of prose fiction of approximately 500–700 words, and assesses students’ ability to do the following:

  • Respond to the prompt with a thesis that presents a defensible interpretation.
  • Select and use evidence to support a line of reasoning.
  • Explain how the evidence supports a line of reasoning.
  • Use appropriate grammar and punctuation in communicating an argument.

Corresponding free-response question (FRQ) type in the course and exam description binder

  • The single question on the 2020 AP English Literature and Composition Exam is a Prose Fiction Analysis question, which is FRQ 2 on a traditional AP Exam and in the CED. It is referred to as Question 1 because the 2020 exam has just that one question.
  • The prompt will not include the title and author of the passage. Otherwise, the prompt will match the stable prompt language found in the CED.

Units eligible for 2020 exam

Units 1–7

Units not included in 2020 exam

Units 8–9

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