This course can be used as a study resource, for professional development, or to earn college credit by passing a CLEP™ exam (multiple-choice examination). Each college sets its own credit-granting policies for the exam, so check with your college admissions office, test center, or academic adviser before taking the test.
The English Literature course 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 course 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 course is organized historically, as a college course would be. Students should have read widely and be familiar with England’s literary periods and have knowledge of the historical development of English Literature.
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.
- – William Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
Old English literature, or Anglo-Saxon literature, encompasses the surviving literature written in Old English in Anglo-Saxon England, in the period after the settlement of the Saxons and other Germanic tribes in England (Jutes and the Angles) c. 450, after the withdrawal of the Romans, and “ending soon after the Norman Conquest” in 1066. These works include genres such as epic poetry, hagiography, sermons, Bible translations, legal works, chronicles and riddles. In all there are about 400 surviving manuscripts from the period.*
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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.
CLEP™ Score Information
Credit-Granting Score for English Literature
ACE Recommended Score*: 50
Semester Hours: 3
Each institution reserves the right to set its own credit-granting policy, which may differ from that of ACE. Contact your college as soon as possible to find out the score it requires to grant credit, the number of credit hours granted, and the course(s) that can be bypassed with a satisfactory score.
*The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated CLEP processes and procedures for developing, administering, and scoring the exams. The score listed above is equivalent to a grade of C in the corresponding course. The American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. Visit the ACE CREDIT website for more information.*
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