The importance of this planning phase cannot be overemphasized.
When your essay has been planned well, your writing flows faster, your essay stays on topic and is well organized, and the paragraphs are well developed.
Reserving a few minutes to proofread allows you time to catch the "honest mistakes" that can be corrected easily, such as a misspelled word or punctuation error.
In addition, this time lets you set the essay to rest, knowing what you've written, so that you can go on to the next topic and give it your full attention.
Each of the three essays is equally weighted at one-third of the total essay score, and the total for the essay portion equals 55% of the entire AP test score.
You will be given an essay-writing booklet in which to write your essays; the actual test booklet includes some blank space to plan your essays.
For example, the Q3 argument prompt will always direct students to “take a position” on a specific subject.
No longer do students have to prepare for argument prompts that ask them to English Language Exam, essays are graded “holistically,” which means they are graded on the overall impression that the essay makes.
Students are given 2 hours and 15 minutes to complete the essays.
(This includes an extra 15 minutes exclusively for reading the passages for the synthesis essay.) The suggested time for writing each essay is 40 minutes.