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Common Challenges Faced by AP Lang Students

Here are some common challenges faced by AP Language and Composition students:

  1. Time management: Many students struggle with managing their time effectively during the AP Language and Composition exam, leading to incomplete or poorly written essays.
  2. Reading comprehension: Students must read and analyze a range of texts, including prose, poetry, and nonfiction. Many students struggle with comprehending dense or complex texts.
  3. Argumentation and rhetoric: Students must be able to analyze and evaluate arguments, identify rhetorical strategies, and craft effective arguments of their own. Many students find skills such as incorporating evidence and developing a persuasive writing style challenging to master.
  4. Vocabulary and grammar: Students must demonstrate mastery of a range of vocabulary and grammar concepts, including syntax, diction, and sentence structure. Many students struggle with these concepts, leading to errors in their writing and lower scores on the exam.


AP Language and Composition is a challenging course that requires students to develop a range of skills and competencies. Our tutors provide personalized support and guidance to help students overcome these common challenges. With our AP Language help, students can improve their performance in the course and prepare for success on the AP Language and Composition exam.

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Essay Writing Help

Our tutors provide specific help for students struggling with essay writing:

  1. Essay structure: Review essays and provide feedback on their organization and evidence-based support for arguments.
  2. Developing strong thesis statements: Develop clear and effective thesis statements that capture the main idea of the essay and guide the argument.
  3. Evaluating sources: Analyze sources such as articles, essays, and speeches, to identify relevant information and evidence for their essays.
  4. Improving grammar and syntax: Improve areas like sentence structure, punctuation, and diction, to ensure that their writing is clear, concise, and effective.

Critical Reading Skills

Critical reading skills are an essential component of success in AP Language and Composition. Tutors can help students develop these skills through a variety of methods such as active reading strategies that help students engage with the text (asking questions, making connections, and highlighting important information) or note-taking – encouraging them to summarize main ideas, identify key themes, and record evidence to support arguments.

Exam Preparation

Our tutors can help alleviate some of the stress and anxiety of the AP Language exam by providing various resources and strategies to prepare for the exam.

Practice exams that mimic the format and style of the actual AP exam can familiarize students with the format, the types of questions they will encounter, and the time constraints they will face. Our tutors can then go over the results of these practice exams with students, identifying areas of strength and areas that need improvement so that students are well-prepared for the exam.

In-Home and Online Tutoring

MathTowne has online tutoring as well as in-home for whatever suits your needs. We guarantee our in-home tutors are professional, safe, and knowledgeable for your peace of mind.

If you choose to do remote lessons, we have some of the best online AP Language tutors available. Our online tutors are highly experienced in conducting fun and effective lessons and utilize various technologies to ensure student engagement.

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What is the AP English Language & Composition Exam?

What is the AP English Language & Composition Exam?

Most high schools offer AP Language and AP Literature. Students can receive college credit for the course and/or the opportunity to take more advanced college courses. AP English Language & Composition is comparable to one semester of college English. Additionally, it will provide your future college student with useful knowledge and a head start.  

In order to receive college credits for this course, students are encouraged to earn a score of 3 or higher.

How is the AP Language test scored?

Sections 1 and 2 are both scored using computers, selected college professors, and expert AP English Language teachers.  They are all combined to create the composite score. Each student’s composite score is then converted into a 1-5 scoring system. 

Students who get a score of 3, 4, or 5 will be able to submit their test results to prospective universities. This provides them with college English class credit and/or advanced placement in future courses at those schools.

How long is the exam?

The duration of the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam is 3 hours and 15 minutes. It is divided into two parts: a multiple-choice section and a free-response section.

What do I need to know?

Students are expected to apply the cumulative knowledge from their AP English Language class to accurately answer the questions. Also, familiarity with writing conventions like clear topic sentences and body paragraphs is key to this exam.

AP English Language Exam Format

section 1

Consists of a total of 45 multiple choice questions.  Students are given 1 Hour to complete the section. It is worth 45% of the total AP Exam Score.

  • Reading Section: 23-25 questions analyzing nonfiction texts
  • Writing Section: 20-22 questions analyzing textual revisions


  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing Conventions
  • Critical Rhetorical Analysis

Section 2

Consists of a total of 3 free response questions. Students are given 2 Hours and 15 Minutes to complete the section. It is worth 55% of the total AP Exam Score.

  • The  Synthesis prompt first asks students to read 6-7 texts. Then use at least 3 as sources to create an argument with supporting evidence
  • The Rhetorical Analysis prompt asks students to read a nonfiction text and then analyze the author’s rhetorical choices in relation to the purpose of the work
  • The Argument prompt asks students to write an argumentative essay with support in response to a given topic

Question Types IN SECTION 2

  • Asks students to show a complete understanding of writing conventions as well as understanding of rhetorical devices

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Where can I find an AP English tutor near me?

Unless you live in the middle of nowhere, there should be plenty of qualified tutors in your area. If you are looking for online lessons MathTowne is an excellent source for AP English help. Moreover, if you live in the San Francisco South Bay Area we are also happy to provide in-person tutoring to you.