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AP* English Literature and Composition

A Tale of One Test


It might have been a bummer to discover that the "critical" in "critical reading" did not mean you could yell things like, "Who's your daddy now, Dickens?" during a test, but cheer up, MacShmoopers.

Shmoop's guide to the AP® English Literature exam will help you navigate the murky waters of literature...critically.

In this guide, you'll learn

  • what the word "critical" actually means.
  • how to decode—and beat—those pesky free response prompts.
  • the fine art of memorizing the mysterious language of literary analysis.

Let's turn that Heart of Darkness into a heart of knowledge.

What's Inside Shmoop's AP® English Literature and Composition Test Prep

Shmoop is a labor of love from folks who love to teach. Our Test Prep resources will help you prepare for exams with fun, engaging, and relatable materials that bring the test to life.

In the AP® English Literature and Composition guide, you'll find

  • a diagnostic exam to figure out where you're struggling before you even begin.
  • three full-length practice exams that mimic the look and feel of the exam.
  • answer explanations to figure out where you went wrong…or right.
  • test-taking tips to help you break down a lengthy exam.
  • loads of practice drills.
  • review of prose, literary devices, rhetorical strategies, and more.

We have online Test Prep for each and every AP® Exam!

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