There may be lapses in correct diction or sophisticated language, but the essay is generally well written.Essays that earn a medium score complete the essay task, but with no special insights; the analysis lacks depth and merely states the obvious. Each of the three AP English Language and Composition essays equals one-third of the total essay score, and the entire essay (free-response) section equals 55% of the total exam score.
Generally, essays scored a 9 reveal more sophisticated analysis and more effective control of language than those scored an 8. Although these essays may not be error free and may be less perceptive or less convincing than those in the 9-8 range, their ideas are presented with clarity and control and refer to the text for support.
Perhaps unfinished, these essays offer no analysis of the passage and little or no evidence for the student's ideas.
Incorrect assertions may be made about the passage.
4-3 These essays offer a less than thorough understanding of the task.
They often rely on plot summary or paraphrase and/or may misread the passage/poem.