The AP English Literature and Composition course should be designed by your school to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to the introductory year of college literature course work. Your course should engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of literature. Through the close reading of literary texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. Students enrolling in AP English Literature and Composition are expected to have had training in reading and writing Standard English. All students who are willing and academically prepared to accept the challenge of a rigorous academic curriculum should be considered for admission to AP courses. The College Board encourages the elimination of barriers that restrict access to AP courses for students from ethnic, racial and socioeconomic groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the AP Program. Schools should make every effort to ensure that their AP classes reflect the diversity of their student population.
Independent research on the academic benefits of the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition course indicates that not all students receive academic benefits from participating in the course. In a study with a sample size of over 90,000, the authors found that students who took the AP English Literature and Composition course did not receive any increase in academic achievement unless they also prepared for and took the AP test. The authors controlled for over 70 intervening variables and found that AP students who took and passed the English Composition and Literature exam had ACT scores that were points higher than non-AP students or AP English students who did not take their course's AP test.  This led the authors to state that AP participation "... is not beneficial to students who merely enroll in the courses ..."  :p. 414
AP Practice Exams are for in-classroom use only. To ensure their integrity, please keep them in a secure location, do not assign them as take-home assignments, collect them back from your students after administering them in class, and do NOT post them on school or other websites. You may incorporate questions from the AP Practice Exam into shorter assessments you create, so long as your assessments are paper-based, administered in your classroom, and you collect the test questions from the students upon completion of the testing period. Any additional distribution of the AP Practice Exam violates the College Board's copyright policies and may result in the termination of exam access for your school as well as access to other online services, such as the AP Teacher Community and Online Score Reports.