AP means "analyze prompt" AND "attack prompt." In other words, determine your task and stay focused on what the prompt asks you to do.
The AP Lit Timed Writing Essays assess your ability to write a persuasive argument, analysis or synthesis in response to a specific prompt. This writing is expected to present a well-reasoned argument for interpretation and to support that argument with sophisticated, insightful analysis. The analysis is expected to include well-developed inferences of specific details from the text.
Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the AP Rubric and understand the criteria that correspond with the numerical scores, ranging from 9 (the highest) to 0 (the lowest). Students are expected to carefully review these criteria when their scored essays are returned to them.