Analyzing and Interpreting Lit. CLEP

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Abner, Jun 16, 2005.

  1. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member


    Does the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature CLEP exam have an optional essay? If it does, is it better to do the optional essay part rather than not?

    Also, do you get dinged for not answering a question on this CLEP test?

    Please advise as soon as possible, I have a friend takin this exam Saturday. I would really appreciate any assistance.


    Abner :)
  2. B.N.

    B.N. Member

    I believe it depends on the school your friend is going to. AFAIK Excelsior does not require the essay.

    Have your friend ask the school he/she is attending, that's the only way to be 100% sure.

  3. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member


    They will be transferring to Charter Oak State College.


  4. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    It's been quite awhile since I took that exam, but as far as I can remember, there is no optional essay.
  5. CoachTurner

    CoachTurner Member

    Analyzing and Interpreting Literature is primarily a reading comprehension exam. You will read a passage of text and then answer a few multiple choice questions about each example. Pretty straight-forward if you're prepared to really pay attention to each passage.

    There is no good reason to skip an answer. In fact, many people like to watch the timer and if they aren't done within a few minutes of exam end -- they just mark some random answers on the remaining questions. I'm not sure this helps at all.

    There is an optional essay but I've never talked to anyone that actually did the essay. Writing skills are usually evaluated in the first-semester writing course such as Freshman English. IMHO, unless you are a particularly good writer, it's generally not a good idea to do the essay when it is not required. The essay does not effect the score on the multiple choice part of the exam -- it is scored by the school accepting the exam and not by the folks at CLEP.

    There will be some literature and literary critisism specific terms used on this test so it helps to look over a glossary of literary terms. It's not a test of works you've already read such as American Literature so doing a lot of reading won't help much when studying for this one -- it's about understanding what is presented.

    This is a 6 sh lower level exam. I believe COSC has an order of exams rule that you need to consider before scheduling your test. Most people report this as one of the easier CLEP exams they've taken; I agree, it wasn't very challenging for me even with no preparation at all.
  6. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member


    Ok, Thanks. COSC said they do not require the essay part of this exam and there is no advantage in taking it.

    Thanks Coach!

  7. marcuscarey

    marcuscarey New Member

    That has to be the easiest test I took.
  8. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    Re: Thanks!

    I took it without essay (did not know there was an option) and transfer to COSC. Not an easy test but not too hard. It is more of a reading comp. test
  9. travy888

    travy888 New Member

    I just took that test 2 weeks ago. I thought it was the hardest CLEP/Dantes test I had ever taken. I thought that I totally bombed, but somehow I mangaed an A. I forget my score.

  10. CoachTurner

    CoachTurner Member

    We sometimes forget that these tests aren't scored as a straight percent of answers correct -- they're norm based.

    You can miss alot of questions on some of these and still be in the 90th percentile.
  11. AJArndt

    AJArndt New Member

  12. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    That reminds me of the old joke about the two guys walking in the woods who encounter an angry bear. The one guy starts running away as fast as he can. The other calls out, "What's the point of running? You can't outrun a bear!" The first guy looks back over his shoulder and says, "I don't have to outrun the bear -- I just have to outrun you!"

  13. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    He he he!

    He he he!

    Abner :)

    P.S. Thanks to everybody for their input. :)
  14. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member


    I had an interesting day today. I was going to take a friend over to the local J.C. to take the Analyzing and Interpreting Lit CLEP. It turns out my wife and I ended up taking this CLEP also. My wife Kim got a 67, I got a 51 and my friend Tom got a 52. I guess my wife kicked our butts!!! I am just so happy to have passed, 6 units for $75.00! I just can't believe it. My wife Kim did not have to pay the $20.00 proctor fee because she was an alumni of this J.C., something we found out by accident. She got 6 credits for $55.00!!! I am just in awe.

    A couple of months back, I got 12 credits/units for the Spanish CLEP!!! This just is unbelievable to me, up until I ran into this forum I had to scratch out units the traditional way, this CLEP/DANTES system is awesome!!!


    Thanks everybody for all the advice,

    Abner :)

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