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Many students and parents frequently ask what the difference is between AP English Literature and AP English Language.
 
Both courses will prepare students to read critically, think analytically, and write with flair and logic.
 
AP English Literature and Composition:
  • is the study of fiction - style and structure
  • assesses reading and composition skills
  • is tested by College Board through multiple choice selections and three essays (AP exam in May)
  • is suited to students who love to read and enjoy drama, novels, and poetry
  • is suited for students planning to take courses in the humanities
 
AP English Language and Composition:
  • is the study of non-fiction with an emphasis on argumentation and rhetoric
  • assesses reading and composition skills with an emphasis on argument and synthesis
  • is tested by College Board through multiple choice selections and three essays (AP exam in May)
  • is suited for all students who desire a foundation in the modes of writing and rhetorical methods
 
 
For additional information from the College Board, you can see the course descriptions and the course home pages through the following links:
 
AP Literature:
 
AP Language: