AP English Language and Composition is designed to be an introductory college-level composition course. The course syllabus is audited and approved by the College Board. Students cultivate their understanding of writing and rhetorical arguments through reading, analyzing, and writing texts as they explore topics like rhetorical situation, claims and evidence, reasoning and organization, and style. In addition, students review elements of grammar and usage, practice oral communication skills, develop research techniques, and build skills that will help them succeed in college. A variety of college level texts are used and students are expected to have the intellectual sophistication to approach challenging content with a mature attitude. A research project during the second semester gives students an opportunity to practice writing a research paper and addresses citation systems such as MLA or APA. An ongoing focus of the course is preparation to take the AP Language and Composition exam in May.