If you are a fluent Spanish speaker who wants to earn easy college credits, you may want to take the Spanish CLEP test. But if you aren't fluent and desire to take the test, you can prepare for it in numerous ways. Depending on your score, you can earn up to 12 college credits, making the test an attractive option. By learning about the Spanish CLEP test, you can better determine if it is something that will aid you in achieving your academic goals.
The College Board, which developed the CLEP exams, recommends the equivalent of two to four semesters of college-level Spanish before taking the Spanish CLEP test. The College Board website offers sample questions to test your knowledge. The site also has a Study Resources section, with suggestions for textbooks, grammar guides and online resources. Test takers can obtain guides that include full-length practice tests and access sites that offer audio questions to help them master their Spanish-speaking and comprehension skills.
The Spanish CLEP test has three sections with a total of about 120 multiple-choice questions. The first section accounts for 15 percent of the total test and challenges listening comprehension through short oral exchanges. The second section, accounting for 25 percent of the exam, tests candidates on listening comprehension through lengthier spoken selections. The third section determines 60 percent of your grade and tests reading comprehension; it contains three subsections. The Spanish CLEP test generally takes 90 minutes to complete.
Finding a place where the test is offered is easy; test takers can choose from more than 1,700 test centers located on campuses across the United States and in other countries. Once you find a CLEP center, inquire about its registration processes, as procedures differ among centers. Test takers should ask about parking and service fees, as well as operational hours because some test centers may offer evening test times for people with daytime jobs.
The Spanish CLEP test measures the ability to understand spoken and written Spanish, and you can prepare for the test while also enjoying leisure time. A number of exceptional Spanish films are available with subtitles in English or Spanish. Films by directors such as Pedro Almodovar are humorous and thought-provoking but can also help viewers enhance their Spanish skills. You can also brush up on your language skills by reading Spanish magazines or newspapers like "Diario Las Americas."
- CLEP Spanish Language Examination Guide; The College Board
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