• Course Overview

    AP English Language and Composition is an introductory college-level composition course. Students cultivate their understanding of writing and rhetorical arguments through reading, analyzing, and writing texts as they explore topics like rhetorical situation, claims and evidence, reasoning and organization, and style.


     Click here to access AP Central information about this course.


    HCC Equivalent Course 

    ENGL 1301  Composition I  /Sem. Hr. 3



    There are no prerequisite courses for AP English Language and Composition. Students should be able to read and comprehend college-level texts and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.


    Course Content

    The course skills are organized within nine units that scaffold student development of the analysis and composition skills required for college credit. For each unit, the teacher selects a theme or topic and then chooses texts, typically short nonfiction pieces, that enable students to practice and develop the reading and writing skills for that unit. This course framework provides a description of what students should know and be able to do to qualify for college credit or placement. As always, you have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.

    Course Skills

    The updated AP English Language and Composition framework included in the course and exam description outlines distinct skills that students should practice throughout the year—skills that will help them learn to think and act like writers.

     Skill Categories
     Exam Weighting (Multiple-Choice Section)
     1. Rhetorical Situation: Reading  Explain how writers’ choices reflect the components of the rhetorical situation.  11%–14%
     2. Rhetorical Situation: Writing  Make strategic choices in a text to address a rhetorical situation.  11%–14%
     3. Claims and Evidence: Reading  Identify and describe the claims and evidence of an argument.  13%–16%
     4. Claims and Evidence: Writing  Analyze and select evidence to develop and refine a claim.  11%–14%
     5. Reasoning and Organization: Reading  Describe the reasoning, organization, and development of an argument.  13%–16%
     6. Reasoning and Organization: Writing  Use organization and commentary to illuminate the line of reasoning in an argument.  11%–14%
     7. Style: Reading  Explain how writers’ stylistic choices contribute to the purpose of an argument.  11–14%
     8. Style: Writing  Select words and use elements of composition to advance an argument.  11–14%

    AP and Higher Education

    Higher education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Education site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.

    This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy Search.

    Meet the Development Committee for AP English Language and Composition.