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The Analyzing and Interpreting Literature CLEP exam covers material usually taught in a general undergraduate course in literature. The exam doesn’t require familiarity with specific works and the questions are based on passages supplied in the test. These passages have been selected so that no previous experience with them is required to answer the questions. The passages are taken primarily from American and British literature.

The exam contains approximately 80 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 98 minutes.

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Knowledge and Skills Required

Questions on the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature exam require test takers to demonstrate the following abilities.

  • Ability to read prose, poetry, and drama with understanding
  • Ability to analyze the elements of a literary passage and to respond to nuances of meaning, tone, imagery, and style
  • Ability to interpret metaphors, to recognize rhetorical and stylistic devices, to perceive relationships between parts and wholes, and to grasp a speaker’s or author’s attitudes
  • Knowledge of the means by which literary effects are achieved
  • Familiarity with the basic terminology used to discuss literary texts

The exam emphasizes comprehension, interpretation, and analysis of literary works

Exam Breakdown


35%–45% Poetry
35%–45% Prose (fiction and nonfiction)
15%–30% Drama

National Tradition

50%–65% British Literature
30%–45% American Literature
5%–15% Works in translation


3%–7% Classical and pre-Renaissance
20%–30% Renaissance and 17th Century
35%–45% 18th and 19th Centuries
25%–35% 20th and 21st Centuries

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User Test Results for the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature CLEP Exam

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Feb 19, 2018Pass61
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Feb 1, 2018Pass58
Jan 27, 2018Pass70
Jan 20, 2018Pass59

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