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Everything you need to pass the exam and get the college credits you deserve.

CLEP* is the most popular credit-by-examination program in the country, accepted by more than 2,900 colleges and universities. For over 15 years, REA has helped students pass their CLEP* exams  and earn college credits while reducing their tuition costs.

Our online diagnostic exam pinpoints your strengths and shows you exactly where you need to focus your study. Armed with this information, you can personalize your prep and review where you need it the most.

Our targeted review covers all the material you’ll be expected to know for the exam and includes a glossary of must-know literary terms.

The online REA Study Center gives you two full-length practice tests and the most powerful scoring analysis and diagnostic tools available today. Instant score reports help you zero in on the topics that give you trouble now and show you how to arrive at the correct answer—so you’ll be prepared on test day.

Access the REA Study Center at:

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Chapter 1

Passing the CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature Exam

Congratulations! You’re joining the millions of people who have discovered the value and educational advantage offered by the College Board’s College-Level Examination Program, or CLEP for short. This test prep covers everything you need to know about the CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature exam, and will help you earn the college credit you deserve while reducing your tuition costs.

There are many different ways to prepare for a CLEP exam. What’s best for you depends on how much time you have to study and how comfortable you are with the subject matter. To score your highest, you need a system that can be customized to fit you: your schedule, your learning style, and your current level of knowledge.

This book, and the online tools that come with it, allow you to create a personalized study plan through three simple steps: assessment of your knowledge, targeted review of exam content, and reinforcement in the areas where you need the most help.

Let’s get started and see how this system works.

Test Yourself & Get Feedback - Score reports from your online diagnostic and practice tests give you a fast way to pinpoint what you already know and where you need to spend more time studying.

Review with the Book - Study the topics tested on the CLEP exam. Targeted review chapters cover everything you need to know.

Improve Your Score - Armed with your score reports, you can personalize your study plan. Review the parts of the book where you’re weakest and study the answer explanations for the test questions you answered incorrectly.

The best way to personalize your study plan and focus on your weaknesses is to get feedback on what you know and what you don’t know. At the online REA Study Center, you can access two types of assessment: a diagnostic exam and full-length practice exams. Each of these tools provides true-to-format questions and delivers a detailed score report that follows the topics set by the College Board.

Diagnostic Exam
Before you begin your review with the book, take the online diagnostic exam. Use your score report to help evaluate your overall understanding of the subject, so you can focus your study on the topics where you need the most review.

Full-Length Practice Exams
These practice tests give you the most complete picture of your strengths and weaknesses. After you’ve finished reviewing with the book, test what you’ve learned by taking the first of the two online practice exams. Review your score report, then go back and study any topics you missed. Take the final practice test to ensure you have mastered the material and are ready for test day.

If you’re studying and don’t have Internet access, you can take the printed tests in the book. These are the same practice tests offered at the REA Study Center, but without the added benefits of timed testing conditions and diagnostic score reports. Because the actual exam is computer-based, we recommend you take at least one practice test online to simulate test-day conditions.

The CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature exam consists of approximately 80 multiple-choice questions, each with five possible answer choices, to be answered in two separately timed 45-minute sections. The exam covers the material one would find in a two-semester college-level course. The examinee is assumed to have an extensive background in the areas of prose, poetry, and drama, but knowledge of specifc works is not required.

The Analyzing and Interpreting Literature exam is divided into the following percentages:

35–45% Poetry

35–45% Prose (fiction and nonfiction)

15–30% Drama

The three forms of literary expression are broken down as follows:

30–45% American Literature

50–65% British Literature

5–15% Works in Translation

The above areas are further broken down into these time periods:

3–7% Classical and Pre-Renaissance

20–30% Renaissance and Seventeenth Century

35–45% Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

25–35% Twentieth Century

Some colleges may require candidates to take an essay section in addition to the multiple-choice section. The essay section is comprised of two 45-minute questions. One question requires candidates to analyze a short poem and the other question requires the test-taker to apply a generalization about literature to a novel, short story, or a play that they have read. The essay section is administered in paper-and-pencil format and is graded by the institution, not the College Board.

What is the CLEP?
The College-Level Examination Program is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in North America. CLEP exams are now available in 33 subjects and test the material commonly required in an introductory-level college course. Examinees can earn from three to twelve credits at more than 2,900 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. For a complete list of the CLEP subject examinations offered, visit the College Board website:

Who takes CLEP exams?
CLEP exams are typically taken by people who have acquired knowledge outside the classroom and who wish to bypass certain college courses and earn college credit. The CLEP program is designed to reward examinees for learning—no matter where or how that knowledge was acquired.

Although most CLEP examinees are adults returning to college, many graduating high school seniors, enrolled college students, military personnel, veterans, and international students take CLEP exams to earn college credit or to demonstrate their ability to perform at the college level. There are no prerequisites, such as age or educational status, for taking CLEP examinations.

However, because policies on granting credits vary among colleges, you should contact the particular institution from which you wish to receive CLEP credit.

Who administers the exam?
CLEP exams are developed by the College Board, administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), and involve the assistance of educators from throughout the United States. The test development process is designed and implemented to ensure that the content and difficulty level of the test are appropriate.

When and where is the exam given?
CLEP exams are administered year-round at more than 1,200 test centers in the United States and can be arranged for candidates abroad on request. To find the test center nearest you and to register for the exam, contact the CLEP Program:

CLEP Services
P.O. Box 6600
Princeton, NJ 08541-6600
Phone: (800) 257-9558 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET)
Fax: (609) 771-7088

CLEP exams are available free of charge to eligible military personnel and eligible civilian employees. All the CLEP exams are available at test centers on college campuses and military bases. Contact your Educational Services Officer or Navy College Education Specialist for more information. Visit the DANTES or College Board websites for details about CLEP opportunities for military personnel.

Eligible U.S. veterans can claim reimbursement for CLEP exams and administration fees pursuant to provisions of the Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2004. For details on eligibility and submitting a claim for reimbursement, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website at

CLEP can be used in conjunction with the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which applies to veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of operation. Because the GI Bill provides tuition for up to 36 months, earning college credits with CLEP exams expedites academic progress and degree completion within the funded timeframe.

Many test candidates qualify for extra time to take the CLEP exams, but you must make these arrangements in advance. For information, contact:

College Board Services for Students with Disabilities
P.O. Box 6226
Princeton, NJ 08541-6226
Phone: (609) 771-7137 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET)
TTY: (609) 882-4118
Fax: (609) 771-7944

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Not sure I needed this one March 28 2012
By Duane - Published on
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I purchased 5 REA CLEP books:
CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology (CLEP Test Preparation)
CLEP Introductory Sociology w/CD (REA) - The Best Test Prep for the CLEP Exam (Test Preps)
CLEP Biology w/ CD-ROM (CLEP Test Preparation)
CLEP College Mathematics w/CD-ROM (CLEP Test Preparation)
CLEP Analyzing & Interpreting Literature w/ Online Practice Exams (CLEP Test Preparation)

I also purchased the CLEP Official Study Guide 2012. This was only worthwhile because I was taking so many tests. It only contains a sample test for each CLEP - and there are no detailed answers. I will say I think it was helpful but I also do not believe it made a real difference in terms of pass / fail on the tests.

For the first three listed, it was enough to read the books a couple of times and then take the tests. Some of the material wasn't on the CLEP and there was material on the CLEP that was not in the book. That is to be expected given the broad topics covered. There is enough material in each of these three books to pass the CLEP they cover. I crammed a full semester of these classes into two weeks of study.

**NOTE** The sample tests are an important part of the learning process. There is information in the tests and detailed answers that is not covered elsewhere in the text. Do not underestimate the need to review the sample tests. They also give you good practice on timing. I considered this important for the Math and Literature tests. I was worried about spending too much time on each question for these last two. This is why I was disappointed with the lack of computer based testing with the Literature book.

The other two CLEP books require specific reviews.

College Mathematics: This was the toughest of the five for me personally. I do not feel the book covered the material in enough depth to prepare you for the test. It assumed you knew an awful lot that I did not know. There are drill questions at the end of each section. It would have been more helpful if they included detailed answers. There were a couple that I never did figure out. I do not consider myself math challenged but I also admit that I am not a math major. I spent a lot of time on-line utilizing other resources. My thanks to:
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature: I'm not sure this book really added value for me. The tests were helpful in getting me familiar with the format of the test (the printed version was all I had to work with - see above). However, there isn't much within the text that actually helped me prepare. In all fairness, I am an avid reader (not poetry!!) and could have simply taken this test at any time. If you are not much of a reader this book might be a good guide on what to read. It does not contain a list of what to read but if you read the material it uses as examples, it may help. Reading this book alone will NOT prepare you for this test.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
very Helpful Nov. 17 2012
By Jacqueline Myles - Published on
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I passed! The only literature exposure I had was a nine-week course 15 years ago. This book helped me brush up on my literary terms. The two practice exams helped a lot along with explaining the correct answers and why the other choices were incorrect. After I took the practice exams online, I would go back and see what I got wrong and why they were wrong, which is what I think helped me the most in passing the actual Clep exam. I also purchased the 10.00 college board practice exam and that also helped.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Got a perfect score on the CLEP exam! June 3 2013
By L. Purvis - Published on
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I purchased this book a week before my scheduled CLEP exam, did the diagnostic test and got a 24, then spent the next few days studying. I read the book, took notes, and took both the sample exams online. I got scaled scores of 61 and 62 on the two sample exams, so I kept my appointment to take the exam as scheduled. I got a scaled score of 80! In fact, one of the poems on the exam version that I took was also part of one of the online exams that REA offered. If you take the diagnostic test, study the areas suggested, and do the practice exams, you should have a good indication of whether you are prepared for the CLEP. Highly recommend!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Bleh Feb. 21 2013
By Nathan Ritchie - Published on
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I'm not one to tell someone to take a test cold, but I read the first chapter that gives any "relevant" study information. This test just isn't something that you can blindly study for, but rather something that you should practice for.

This test is something that you either know or you don't. If you aren't savvy at reading and comprehension (especially for various styles of works from various time periods) then you are going to have a hard time. I got a 59 on the test (50 required to pass) with minimal effort or study for it, but thats just because I have an average reading comprehension as opposed to those out there who get 60s and 70s on this thing. If you get this book, then your best bet is going to be heading strait to the practice tests and looking through the book for definitions of literary terms that you aren't familiar with or haven't seen in a while.

I can't give this product 5 stars just due to the fact that there are other, free resources out there which potentially hold more benefit than this particular book. Find practice tests and read read read. Thats the best way to prepare yourself for this test. By all means, if you need some extra practice tests on hand, this book is great. Don't bother with reading through the chapters though, its a waste of time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Worse than not studying at all Oct. 23 2013
By William Harden - Published on
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I have just returned from successfully taking this test. I got a far better score than I anticipated and finished the test early. For me, this was one of the easier CLEP tests I've taken but I can see where it might be difficult depending on your prior reading habits. None of the CLEP tests are easy so it's especially disappointing when a study guide is so far off the mark, and there is little else out there to study.

In my view, this guide and the accompanying online material do a huge disservice to anyone studying for this test. This company provides you with a variety of complex, mind numbing passages then presents you with 5 impossible-to-decipher answers. To kick dirt into your academic face, they provide analysis for each of their answers that is equally off the mark.

Rather than help me study for the test, this material raised my anxiety level and gave me NOTHING I needed to get through the test. I didn't pass the sample tests. All I did was waste my time with this material which I reviewed thoroughly.

The actual test was made up of complicated, but readable material and questions that generally made sense, not a characteristic shared by this study material.