And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
The English Literature CLEP exam covers the origins and development of British poetry, prose, and drama that is usually taught in a one semester college course. Primarily covering major authors and literary works, the CLEP exam also includes questions on some minor writers. Students will need knowledge of common literary terms and be able to identify basic literary forms.
The English Literature CLEP exam is organized historically, as a college course would be. Students should have read widely and be familiar England’s literary periods and have knowledge of the historical development of English Literature.
The exam contains approximately 95 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Some of these are pretest questions that will not be scored. The College Board provides the parameters for the exam which we have listed below.
*An optional essay section may be taken in addition to the multiple-choice exam. Some schools may require the essay in order to accept the exam results. Please check with your school to know its essay requirement policy. SpeedyPrep prepares the student for the multiple-choice exam section. SpeedyPrep subscribers will need to use other sources to prepare for the essay.
The exam will require the student to read short passages of a work and then correctly identify its author and title. Questions regarding the types of literary devices an author used along with identifying their mood or intent are also a part of the exam.
Each college sets their own credit-granting policies for the exam, so check with your college admissions office, test center, or academic adviser before taking the test.