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Chapter 1 Keys for Success on the AP English Language and Composition Exam
There are no secrets to success.
It is the result of hard work and preparation.
This Crash Course will help you improve your AP English Language study.
You want to know more and go further.
That shows your intent to succeed.
Content-specific help, tips for success, and general insight about what you need to know to be successful on the AP English Language and Composition exam can be found in the following chapters.
This chapter gives you a glimpse into the structure and scoring of the exam as well as general ways you can prepare for the big day in May.
There are usually 4 or 5 passages to read and 52 to 55 multiple-choice questions to answer in 60 minutes.
45 percent of your score is represented in this section.
You are given a 15-minute reading period, then 120 minutes to write three essays: a synthesis essay, a rhetorical analysis essay, and a persuasive (argument) essay.
55 percent of your score is represented in this section.
There will be a ten-minute break between.
The machine scored the multiple-choice section of the exam.
The multiple-choice section scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly.
Incorrect answers and unanswered questions are not deducted from points.
College Board readers scored the essays in June.
College professors and experienced AP English teachers are included in the readers.
The College Board's test development committee created scoring guides for the exam.
Your essay isn't identified by name or location.
The scores are combined to make a score.
Students and designated colleges receive scores in July.
College credit or advanced placement can be received at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
A "F" at worst and a "D" at best is what it would mean if you earned that score on other exams.
You don't have to write perfect essays or get all the multiple-choice questions correct to get a high score on the exam.
55 percent of students who took the exam scored a 3 or higher, according to the College Board.
Only 9 percent of students scored a 5 on the exam, which is a bit less difficult than you might think, but you should focus on the high number who passed.
A score of 3, 4, or 5 will usually earn you college credits or placement, but always check with your intended colleges for their AP credit policy.
Since the AP English Language exam is scheduled in the morning, it's a good idea to eat breakfast on exam day.
A good breakfast consists of fruit and complex sugars.
Water is better than sugared drinks.
Energy drinks are high in sugar and should be avoided.
High school students don't get enough sleep.
Prepare to go on exam day if you wake up early.
Set your alarm to wake you up.
Overdoing it can make you jittery and it can make it hard for you to focus.
Don't have any on exam day if you're not used to it.
Prepare for fluctuations in room temperature by wearing layers.
There is more information about what you can do to prepare for the exam.
Don't take my word for it.
The effect of health and well-being on academic performance can be studied.
You will improve your reading skills by doing this research.
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