Way to go! You have now targeted schools where you'd like to complete your graduate study, and you've done your "homework" by reading as much as you can about the graduate programs. So what's the next step?
The GRE (Graduate Records Exam) General Test has sections that test your verbal, analytical, and quantitative ability. (Your verbal and analytical scores will be most important for graduate study in English.)
The GRE Literature in English Subject Test consists of approximately 230 questions on poetry, drama, biography, the essay, the short story, the novel, criticism, literary theory, and the history of the language. For information about the tests, sample questions, and registration, visit http://www.gre.org.
***To assist faculty whom you've asked to write recommendations for you, consider providing them with a draft of your statement of purpose or a brief summary of your recent work and accomplishments and your plans.
Source: "Applying to Graduate School in English: Undergraduate Advising." UW Departments Web Server. 8 May 2009. Web. 25 Apr. 2010. <http://depts.washington.edu/engl/advising/gradschool/gradapply.php>.