English Exams

Advanced Placement

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Tips for English AP* Exams

  • Begin with your most confident response. It’s important to respond to each essay prompt, so time management is crucial. Read over all prompts first and decide the order in which you’ll respond to them. Begin with the prompt you’re most confident responding to.
  • Reference specific prompt language. Begin with a three- to five-sentence introductory paragraph that contains a thesis statement addressing the demands of the prompt. Underline key words in the prompt and include those in your thesis statement.
  • Quote selected prose or poetry. If your essay assignment involves analyzing a poem or prose passage, be sure to support your ideas with direct quotes from the poem or passage.
  • Read the questions first. For the reading passages, read the questions first to know what you’re looking for. Skim/scan the passage for main ideas and topics.

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