For Music Theory, there are two subscores (1–5). The aural component subscore includes multiple-choice questions related to recorded musical examples, two melodic dictation questions, two harmonic dictation questions and two sight-singing questions. The nonaural component subscore includes multiple-choice questions requiring score analysis and other multiple-choice questions not related to recorded musical examples. It also includes free-response questions calling for realization of a figured bass, realization of a chord progression from Roman numerals and composition of a bass line to fit a given melody. The subscores help music departments make appropriate decisions about credit and placement when they offer separate courses for written theory and aural skills. Although each college or university sets its own policy for awarding credit and/or placement for AP Exam scores, it is recommended that for students continuing study in music, subscores be considered along with the overall score. It is further recommended that the college or university use the overall score to set policy for students seeking general humanities credits.
It is probable, nay—almost certain—that you won't know every excerpt appearing on the multiple-choice and free response sections. The realistic goal is that even if you don't know the passage from experience, you will know about something similar from that genre or period and be able to use that knowledge to choose or write a brilliant answer. It's all about careful extrapolation…and sometimes sheer luck.
AP Course Audit - AP English Literature And Composition
The AP English Literature exam is about preparation, strength of will, and the ability to work through a hand cramp. On the 2015 exam, 56 percent of the 401,076 students who took the test scored a three or better.
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While both are conducted in English, the AP English Language exam focuses primarily on argumentation (like rhetorical strategies, not arguing with your best friend over where to eat lunch). The AP English Literature exam, on the other hand, focuses more on literary analysis. Also, many students will take AP English Language in junior year and AP English Literature in senior year. There's that, too.
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We've heard rumors about a genetically modified wildebeest lodged at AP headquarters who does all the grading, but it turned out to be unfounded. A computer grades the multiple-choice questions, and a combination of AP English Literature teachers (25%) and college English Composition instructors (75%) grade all the essays from around the country.