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AP LANG EXAM – MULTIPLE CHOICE Created by Megan Pankiewicz, on behalf of The English Teacher’s Friend, 2011
Preparing for the multiple choice section of the exam Review terminology cards and notes. Other resources for terminology include: review books (i.e. Princeton), Literary Terms Handbooks in the classroom, glossary in the back of The Language of Composition textbooks, online rhetorical terms lists, online review programs like Quizlet Continue to read and learn new vocabulary words. You never know, the word you learn the day before the exam may serendipitously appear in one of the questions.
Taking the multiple choice section Timing is KEY! As soon as you can start, count the number of passages (remember, they reprint the same passage if the questions continue on a new page) and divide by 60. 4 PASSAGES = 15 minutes for reading AND answering the questions 5 PASSAGES = 12 minutes for reading AND answering the questions
Taking the multiple choice section – The Five A’s for Success ATTACK each passage and question. Yes, you are at war with the College Board and you need to be confident and aggressive. Trust your gut instinct and only look back if you have extra time; otherwise, move on to the next battle.
ACCEPT that you won’t know all of the answers. You’re not going to know the answer to every question and that’s ok; in fact, it’s expected. Remember, you’re just shooting for above the 50% mark, so don’t psyche yourself out if there are a few in a row you don’t know. Just keep swimming!
Taking the multiple choice section – The Four A’s for Success ANNOTATE every passage by underlining and circling as you read. Make quick, easy marks and/or write one word to summarize a section. Use this tip in conjunction with the next one…
Taking the multiple choice section – The Four A’s for Success ANTICIPATE the types of questions they will ask and/or utilize the Indexing Technique. Remember, the questions will be focused on all of the rhetorical elements we’ve discussed this year, specifically purpose, audience, tone, diction, and syntax, so read and annotate accordingly.
Taking the multiple choice section – The Four A’s for Success ANSWER every question. You can jump around when answering questions for the same passage, but don’t move on to the next passage before bubbling in all of the answers to the one you’re working on. In the test booklet, circle any questions you want to revisit if you have extra time at the end. Remember, you will be penalized for leaving an answer blank this year, so you might as well take a guess!
Going over the Practice MC As a class, choose one passage from the practice multiple choice to discuss. Copy down the answers provided to you. Get with a partner, but choose someone with whom you don’t usually work. As a pair, discuss each question. Did you get the right answer? How? If you had no idea, did you waste time spinning your wheels? Why did you miss the right answer and how can learn from that mistake?