The Revised AP English Literature and Composition Exam for 2020

*Updated April 3, 2020

The College Board has modified the AP Human Geography exam, and all other AP exams, in response to the disruption caused by COVID-19.

The College Board has modified the AP English Literature and Composition exam, and all other AP exams, in response to the disruption caused by COVID-19.

The AP English Literature exam for 2020 will be shorter, administered online, cover less material, and have a different format than previous tests. 

Here are the key changes you need to know to do well in the upcoming AP English Literature exam. 

Will I get AP credit for the modified AP English Literature exam?

Students who take the 2020 AP English Literature exam will be eligible for college credit, according to the College Board: “Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.”

As in previous years, a student must obtain a score of 3, 4 or 5 to be eligible for college credit. 

Source: The College Board

How long is the 2020 AP English Literature exam?

The online 2020 AP English Literature exam will be just 45 minutes long, instead of the three hours it took in previous years, and can be taken at home (if schools are still closed on exam day) or at school. 

What is the AP English Literature exam format for 2020?

The 2020 AP English Literature exam will be an open book/open note exam based entirely on free-response questions. There will be no multiple choice questions as there were in the past. 

For free examples of free-response questions, check here for the actual questions posed in the 2019 AP English Literature exam and here for those posed in the 2018 AP English Literature exam.

What device should I use to take the 2020 AP English Literature exam?

You can take the exam on any device you have access to, including a computer, tablet or a smartphone. You should make the determination of which device works best for you beforehand. 

You are also allowed to submit a photo of your handwritten work. 

What if I don’t have internet access?

If you need access to the internet or a working computer, contact the College Board here for help. The College Board is committed to making the 2020 AP English Literature exam work for all students: “We recognize that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, we will invest so that these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam.”

What will be tested on the 2020 AP English Literature exam? 

You will be tested only on material from Units 1 through 7.

What will not be tested on the 2020 AP English Literature exam?

You won’t be tested on material from Units 8 and 9. 

Are exam question types and sample questions available for the 2020 AP English Literature exam?

The AP Literature exam will consist of just one prose fiction analysis question. Check here for a description of the question. 

You will have 45 minutes to read and respond to the question and another five minutes to upload your response.

What’s the 2020 AP English Literature exam date and time?

The College Board is offering two exam dates for each AP exam this year.
 

The AP Literature exam is scheduled for Wednesday, May 13 at these times:

The AP Literature make-up exam will be held on Tuesday, June 2 at these times:

Note: Unless you have a scheduling conflict, you should plan on taking your AP English Literature exam on the primary date. This way, you can take it on the make-up date if it turns out you can’t take it on the primary date. 

Is the College Board offering any free AP English Literature exam review courses? 

The College Board is committed to making free resources available to students through exam day.

Live classes and recordings delivered by AP teachers from across the country are available on the AP YouTube channel. You can find the daily course schedule here

Note: The AP Language review courses will also cover topics that have been excluded from this year’s exams.

What are my other options for preparing for the 2020 AP English Literature exam?

If you don’t have an AP English Literature review book already and can’t get it on time through Amazon, which has recently confirmed that even Amazon Prime deliveries of non-essential goods could be delayed a month, try eBay or other alternate sources. 

And don’t worry if you have problems getting your book delivered early enough to help you with your prep. There are online resources that you can use to help you prepare for the 2020 AP English Literature exam. 

Princeton Review

The Princeton Review offers a 6-Hour Cram AP Cram Course for the AP English Literature exam. The course covers the structure, style and themes in works of literature. And Princeton Review is confident it will prepare you to write essays that will earn you a score of 5.

The course, which comes with a book, can be ordered online for $149. For now, there are two available Cram Course schedules.

The Princeton Review also offers private tutoring, available both in-person or online, for a fee starting at $167 an hour. If you decide to go with this personalized option, expert tutors will work with you to “make a plan, set goals, and exceed them.” The Princeton Review guarantees that if you’re not 100% satisfied, you will be matched with another tutor and get your next lesson for free. 

If you’re taking more than one AP exam in 2020, check here for details on other revised AP exams.

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