The test consists of approximately 230 questions on literature in English from the British Isles, the United States, and other countries. It also contains a few questions on major works, including the Bible, in translation. Factual questions test a student's knowledge of writers typically studied in college courses. Interpretive questions test a student's ability to read passages of poetry, drama, fiction and nonfiction prose perceptively; such questions may address meaning, use of language, form and structure, literary techniques, and various aspects of style.
The questions are classified as follows: literary analysis (40 -55%); identification (15-20%); cultural and historical contexts (20-25%); history and theory of literary criticism (10-15%). In addition, the literary-historical scope of the test is as follows: continental, classical, and comparative literature through 1925 (5-10%); British literature to 1660, including Milton (25-30%); British literature 1660-1925 (25-35%): American literature through 1925 (15-25%); American, British, and World literatures after 1925 (20-30%).