• Course Overview

    AP English Literature and Composition is an introductory college-level literary analysis course. Students cultivate their understanding of literature through reading and analyzing texts as they explore concepts like character, setting, structure, perspective, figurative language, and literary analysis in the context of literary works.


    Click here to access AP Central information about this course.


    HCC Equivalent Course 

    ENGL 1302  Composition II  /Sem. Hr. 3



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


    Course Content

    The course content is organized into units that have been arranged in a logical sequence. This sequence has been developed through feedback from educators as well as analysis of high school and college courses and textbooks. The units in AP English Literature and Composition scaffold skills and knowledge through three genre-based, recurring units. This course framework provides a description of what students should know and be able to do to qualify for college credit or placement.

    The AP English Literature and Composition curriculum is made up of nine units. As always, you have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.

     Units  Exam Weighting (Multiple-Choice Section)
     Units 1, 4, and 7: Short Fiction  42%–49%
     Units 2, 5, and 8: Poetry  36%–45%
     Units 3, 6, and 9: Longer Fiction or Drama  15%–18%


    Course Skills

    The AP English Literature 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 read texts critically.

     Skill Categories  Exam Weighting (Multiple- Choice Section)
     Explain the function of character.  16%–20%
     Explain the function of setting.  3%–6%
     Explain the function of plot and structure.  16%–20%
     Explain the function of the narrator or speaker.  21%–26%
     Explain the function of word choice, imagery, and symbols.  10%–13%
     Explain the function of comparison.  10%–13%
     Develop textually substantiated arguments about interpretations of a part or all of a text.  10%–13%


    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 Literature and Composition.