AP English Language and Composition

In 2020, AP English Language and Composition is offered online on 2 dates:

  • Primary Test Date: Wednesday May 20 2020, 02:00 PM EDT
  • Makeup Offering: Thursday June 04 2020, 12:00 PM EDT
  • Score Release Date: July 2020

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Test Details

The AP English Language and Composition exam will consist of 1 online free response question. The total time for the exam will be 45 minutes. The test is open note and open book. Read more about the College Board's academic integrity policy.

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Units Covered

The units covered on the 2020 AP English Language and Composition exam will be adjusted to encourage fairness amongst students who have missed varying levels of school due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Units covered: Units 1–7
Units not covered: Units 8–9

Test Questions

Rhetorical Analysis

Question #1
Time: 45 minutes
Weight: 100%

This question presents students with a passage of nonfiction prose of approximately 600–800 words. Students are asked to write an essay that analyzes the writer’s rhetorical choices. This question assesses students’ ability to do the following:

  • Respond to the prompt with a thesis that analyzes the writer’s rhetorical choices.
  • Select and use evidence to support a line of reasoning.
  • Explain how the evidence supports a line of reasoning.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the rhetorical situation.
  • Use appropriate grammar and punctuation in communicating an argument.

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Academic Integrity

College Board is taking a strong stance against cheating on the 2020 online English Language and Composition test. The following anti-cheating measures will be deployed on testing day to prevent cheating amongst students:

  • Submitted work will be run through plaigarism detection tools (similar to TurnItIn)
  • College Board will watch online resources looking for collaboration amongst students (shared Google Documents, Discord groups, internet forums)
  • Teachers will review the student's submitted work and are encouraged to inform the College Board if the work looks different than what a student normally produces.
  • College Board will use additional unreleased heuristics to determine whether or not students have cheated in any way.

Students found violating the academic integrity policy will suffer severe consequences, including:

  • If found cheating, test scores will be cancelled.
  • If found distributing exam content or exam responses, or found coordinating effors to distribute exam content or responses, the student will will be blocked from testing and their scores will be cancelled.
  • Students found in violation of any academic integrity violations will have their high school notified of the violation, and action can be taken accordingly at the high school level.
  • Additionally, any organization the student has sent or will send College Board score reports to will be notified of the academic integrity policy violation.
  • Students who violate the policy will further be barred from taking any additional College Board exams such as the SAT or AP tests.
  • In certain situations, College Board will include local law enforcement to determine if prosecution of the student is possible.
  • If you have knowledge of online cheating occuring, please notify the College Board. Reports are anonymous and can be made online.