Six Quick Tips for the Monster that is the AP Lang Exam!

The AP Language exam is coming up in just over a month and it is always a tough nut to crack.  As a writing professor, I always give my students the same advice when thinking about this particular test.

  1. Study up on your rhetorical devices – make sure you have a strong list of them and can identify them easily in a sentence so you can master those multiple choice questions.
  2. Practice reading passages and answering comprehension questions.  There are a number of websites and books available for specifically this type of practice that covers unique AP Lang type of questions.
  3. Read short passages in pairs and practice writing comparative thesis statements that focus on the ideas of the passages.
  4. PLAN PLAN PLAN! Don’t just write off the cuff – read the selections then write a short plan to guide your essay before you actually write it.  If you don’t plan it out at least a little bit, it will definitely come out sounding disorganized and you might forget an idea or two. 
  5. When practicing for the synthesis essay AND the analytical essay, be sure you are using thesis statements and topic sentences that show HOW a writer uses devices, not just what the author is saying in the passages.
  6. When taking the multiple-choice section of the test, do not take too much time on any one question.  Give your best answer and mark the question to come back and think about after you reach the end.  Very often your brain will re-work questions without you consciously thinking about it so they’re clearer on a second read a few minutes later.

It’s not too late to get a session or two of help before the test.  I’m available evenings and weekends until the test date in the second week of May.  Call or text me at 571/275-6521 for information.
Cheers,
Dr. Aimee Weinstein
Term Assistant Professor, George Mason University
 
PS: I bet you can’t wait until we announce our college essay workshops and tutoring sessions starting in June!  I’m happy to answer questions about those when you call or text.