Welcome! The AP English Language and Composition Exam is designed to allow students to demonstrate that they can write well enough to submit college-level work. Students who score 3 or higher (out of 5) on the exam are often exempted from either a semester or a year of freshman composition courses, depending on the college or university.
Academic Writing Genres in academic writing: Essays Introduction. Almost all students will at some time be expected to write an essay, or some other kind of argument, e.g. a review or discussion section, in a longer piece of writing. In English, an essay is a piece of argumentative writing several paragraphs long written about one topic.