American Literature

The American Literature examination is presented in two sections--each with a 90-minute time limit. The first section contains 100 multiple-choice questions. The second, an essay section, requires the examinee to write two short essays. The exam focuses on literary works written in the United States from colonial times to the present. While essay, drama, and autobiography are presented, the exam emphasizes fiction and poetry and requires the test taker to be knowledgeable in content, background, authors, and terminology. Students should consider attempting this exam if they:

  • have an appreciation of American literature
  • know basic literary periods
  • have a sense of the historical development of American Literature.

Computer-based Scoring: CLEP computer-based (CBT) exams are scored without a penalty for incorrect guessing. The raw score--the number of correct responses--is translated into a scaled score. The scaled scores for CLEP CBT are reported in a range from 20 to 80. At Ferris, candidates taking the American Literature exam must score a 50 or higher on the multiple-choice section in order to continue with the essay section.

Course(s) and Credits

  • LITR 311
    3 credits
  • LITR 312
    3 credits

Note: Credits meet the cultural enrichment component of the general education requirement. LITR 312 meets the writing intensive component of the general education requirement.