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AP Language and Composition

This course will help students prepare for the three-hour AP Language and Composition exam offered by the College Board in early May. The exam tests students’ ability to read and analyze rhetorical elements and their effects in nonfiction texts, as well as their capacity to develop evidence-based argumentative writing. The three-hour test consists of 45 multiple choice questions and three free-response questions on synthesis, rhetorical analysis, and argument. This course will give students an overview of the exam, review testing tips and strategies, and provide opportunities to practice and discuss multiple choice questions and essay prompts from College Board-released exams and a reputable AP test prep book.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain how writers’ choices reflect the components of the rhetorical situation
  • Make choices in a text to address a rhetorical situation
  • Identify and describe the claims and evidence within an argument
  • Analyze and select evidence to develop and refine a claim
  • Describe the reasoning, organization, and development of an argument
  • Use organization and commentary to illuminate the line of reasoning in an argument
  • Explain how writers’ stylistic choices contribute to the purpose of an argument
  • Select words and use elements of composition to advance an argument

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Complete, self and peer evaluate, and receive feedback on at least one full-length practice AP Language and Composition exam with three full 40-minute timed essays.
  • Edit and revise two practice essays (approx. 400-500 words): a rhetorical analysis and an argument essay.
  • Read and annotate a variety of non-fiction texts and graphics
  • Read a variety of noteworthy speeches, letters, and essays
  • Review the basic components of rhetoric and argumentative writing
  • Assemble a collection of resources and create a study plan for the AP Language and Composition exam.


Dr. Jesse H., Ph.D.

Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University Writing Instructor at Knovva Academy

Dr. Jesse has worked in secondary schools for 20+ years, and has helped hundreds of writers prepare for AP exams and college. She has experience teaching advanced coursework, including AP English Literature and Composition, AP Art History, Shakespeare, Creative Writing, Senior Internship courses, World Mythology, and all levels of English. Jesse has co-edited and had her own writing published in an art magazine, Flair , and edited several published novels.

Related Skills

  • English grammar
  • English vocabulary
  • Brainstorming
  • Reading comprehension
  • Literary analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Drafting and revision
  • Receiving feedback

Our Schedule


AP Art History Content Review 12 Lessons

80 minutes per lesson

AP Literature and Composition Test Prep 8 Lesson

75 minutes per lesson

AP Literature and Composition Test Prep 4 Lesson

90 minutes per lesson

Date and Time

Feb 7- March 17,2022
5:30 PM ET Monday / Thursday

Feb 26 – April 16, 2022
8:00 PM ET Friday


March 27- April 17,2022
8:00 AM ET Sunday


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