Humanities 2018-02-06T01:45:54+00:00


The Humanities CLEP exam tests general knowledge of literature, art, and music and the other performing arts. It is broad in its coverage, with questions on all periods from classical to contemporary and in many different fields: poetry, prose, philosophy, art, architecture, music, dance, theater, and film.

Because the exam is very broad in its coverage, it is unlikely that any one person will be well informed about all the fields it covers. The exam contains approximately 140 questions to be answered in 90 minutes.

Note: This exam uses the chronological designations b.c.e. (before the common era) and c.e. (common era). These labels correspond to b.c. (before Christ) and a.d. (anno Domini), which are used in some textbooks.

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Knowledge and Skills Required

Questions on the Humanities exam require test takers to demonstrate the abilities listed below, in the approximate percentages indicated. Some questions may require more than one of the abilities.

  • Knowledge of factual information (authors, works, etc.) (50% of the exam)
  • Recognition of techniques such as rhyme scheme, medium, and matters of style, and the ability to identify them as characteristics of certain writers, artists, schools, or periods (30% of the exam)
  • Understanding and interpretation of literary passages and art reproductions that are likely to be unfamiliar to most test takers (20% of the exam)

Exam Breakdown

The subject matter of the Humanities exam is drawn from the following topics. The percentages next to the topics indicate the approximate percentages of exam questions on those topics.

Literature (50%)

  • 10% Drama
  • 10%–15% Poetry
  • 15%–20% Fiction
  • 10% Nonfiction (including philosophy)

The Arts (50%)

  • 20% Visual arts: painting, sculpture, etc.
  • 5% Visual arts: architecture
  • 15% Performing arts: music
  • 10% Performing arts: film, dance, etc
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User Test Results for the Humanities CLEP Exam

218 users have submitted their test results to us since March 2016

203 (93%) of those users have reported an ACE recommended passing score

The table below represents our users most recent test results for the Humanities CLEP exam after using Credits4Less.

Note: The date shown below represents the date that they reported their score to us.

Feb 21, 2018Pass52
Feb 20, 2018Pass77
Feb 14, 2018Pass75
Feb 3, 2018Pass51
Jan 27, 2018Pass61

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