AP English Language

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Section I of the Exam—The Multiple-Choice Questions

Scoring the Multiple-Choice Section

How Does the Scoring of the Multiple-Choice Section Work?

The College Board has implemented a new scoring process for the multiple-choice section of the AP English Language and Composition exam. No longer are points deducted for incorrect responses, so there is no longer a penalty for guessing incorrectly. Multiple-choice scores are based solely on the number of questions answered correctly. Therefore, it is to your advantage to answer ALL of the multiple-choice questions. Your chances of guessing the correct answer improve if you skillfully apply the process of elimination to narrow the choices.