While things are looking a bit different this year, the AP exams are still a go. To provide as much support as possible to students during this time, we have you covered with practice assignments for AP English Literature & Composition, AP English Language & Composition, and AP United States History. All assignments include a range and variety of prompts written in the new “stabilized text” format including the new 6-point rubrics alongside all assignments.
This year there are some important new changes to the exams to take note of. Because of social distancing guidelines, the exams will be taken entirely online. For AP Language, this year students will only be working on rhetorical analysis, and for AP Literature, students will only be working on short fiction (called ‘prose fiction analysis’ in Writable). Every student will only be completing one essay for each exam this year.
In addition to the temporary changes listed above, there are some additional permanent ones. The rubrics are now based on 6 points instead of 9 points in order to be more manageable, understandable, and easier to score. Why did they change the rubrics?
- These are easier to score, and the scores are easier to understand for students.
- 6-points are more clear for students when preparing for the exam.
- Weighting focuses on what’s most important: clear thesis statement (1 point), sophistication (1 point), and specific examples for evidence and analysis (4 points).
- Students are able to receive feedback on specific strategies and areas of focus.
Another new change to the exams is how the prompts are written. The AP prompts now use “stabilized text”. This means that though each prompt is specific and different, there is a consistent language used throughout all the prompts in one category. This helps students and educators prepare by standardizing the language used. It also helps give students more autonomy in their learning. All AP prompts in Writable are now written in this new format, which you can see below.
All AP assignments in Writable have updated rubrics to align precisely with the change to the new 6-point AP rubrics. All AP prompts includes both classic and new texts, fiction and nonfiction, readings, and updated prompts, which align to the new stabilized prompt language. This provides students and teachers with a wide range and variety of practice to best help prepare for the new exams