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PASSING THE CLEP SPANISH LANGUAGE EXAM
Congratulations! You’re joining the millions of people who have discovered the value and educational advantage offered by the College Board’s College-Level Examination Program, or CLEP. This test prep covers everything you need to know about the CLEP Spanish Language exam, and will help you earn the college credit you deserve while reducing your tuition costs.
There are many different ways to prepare for a CLEP exam. What’s best for you depends on how much time you have to study and how comfortable you are with the subject matter. To score your highest, you need a system that can be customized to fit you: your schedule, your learning style, and your current level of knowledge.
This book, and the online tools that come with it, allow you to create a personalized study plan through three simple steps: assessment of your knowledge, targeted review of exam content, and reinforcement in the areas where you need the most help.
Let’s get started and see how this system works.
Test Yourself and Get Feedback
Score reports from your online practice tests give you a fast way to pinpoint what you already know and where you need to spend more time studying.
Review with the Book
Study the topics tested on the CLEP exam. Our targeted review chapter covers everything you need to know.
Improve Your Score
Armed with your score reports, you can personalize your study plan. Review the parts of the book where you’re weakest and study the answer explanations for the test questions you answered incorrectly.
THE REA STUDY CENTER
The best way to personalize your study plan and focus on your weaknesses is to get feedback on what you know and what you don’t know. At the online REA Study Center, you can access two full-length practice exams. These tests provide true-to-format questions and deliver a detailed score report that follows the topics set by the College Board.
Full-Length Practice Exams
Our full-length practice exams give you a complete picture of your strengths and weaknesses. You’ll get all the practice you need to succeed on the listening and reading sections of the actual exam. Test what you already know by using the first practice test as a diagnostic exam. Once you get your score report, you’ll be able to see exactly which topics you need to review. After brushing up those areas, take the second practice exam to ensure you have mastered the material and are ready for test day.
Because the actual CLEP exam is computer-based, we strongly recommend that you take the online version of the exams to simulate test-day conditions and for the added benefits of timed testing, automatic scoring, and a detailed score report. If you don’t have Internet access, you can take the printed version of our practice tests in the book.
Both practice tests are accompanied with audio for the listening portions of the exam. Register at the online REA Study Center, and enter your access code found on the inside front cover of this book. When you take our online practice tests, the audio is conveniently integrated for you. If, however, you take the printed tests, you will be able to download the MP3 audio.
AN OVERVIEW OF THE EXAM
The CLEP Spanish Language exam consists of approximately 120 multiple-choice questions, each with four possible answer choices, to be answered in three separately timed sections. You will be allotted a total of approximately 30 minutes for the Listening portion of the test (which comprises Sections I and II) and 60 minutes for the Reading portion of the test (which comprises Section III).
The exam covers assumes you’ll have a level of mastery that would equate to skills normally achieved during two to four semesters of college-level work. The exam tests basic vocabulary and word usage, as well as the ability to understand oral and written Spanish.
The approximate breakdown of the exam is as follows:
Section I—Listening: Rejoinders (15%)
Section II—Listening: Dialogues and narratives (25%)
Part A (16%): Discrete sentences (vocabulary and structure)
Part B (20%): Short cloze passages (vocabulary and structure)
Part C (24%): Reading passages and authentic stimulus materials (reading
ALL ABOUT THE CLEP PROGRAM
What is the CLEP?
CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in North America. CLEP exams are available in 33 subjects and test the material commonly required in an introductory-level college course. Examinees can earn from three to twelve credits at more than 2,900 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. For a complete list of the CLEP subject examinations offered, visit the College Board website: www.collegeboard.org/clep.
Who takes CLEP exams?
CLEP exams are typically taken by people who have acquired knowledge outside the classroom and who wish to bypass certain college courses and earn college credit. The CLEP program is designed to reward examinees for learning—no matter where or how that knowledge was acquired.
Although most CLEP examinees are adults returning to college, many graduating high school seniors, enrolled college students, military personnel, veterans, and international students take CLEP exams to earn college credit or to demonstrate their ability to perform at the college level. There are no prerequisites, such as age or educational status, for taking CLEP examinations.
However, because policies on granting credits vary among colleges, you should contact the particular institution from which you wish to receive CLEP credit.
Who administers the exam?
CLEP exams are developed by the College Board, administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), and involve the assistance of educators from throughout the United States. The test development process is designed and implemented to ensure that the content and difficulty level of the test are appropriate.
When and where is the exam given?
CLEP exams are administered year-round at more than 1,200 test centers in the United States and can be arranged for candidates abroad on request. To find the test center nearest you and to register for the exam, contact the CLEP Program:
P.O. Box 6600
Princeton, NJ 08541-6600
Phone: (800) 257-9558 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET)
Fax: (609) 771-7088
OPTIONS FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL AND VETERANS
CLEP exams are available free of charge to eligible military personnel and eligible civilian employees. All the CLEP exams are available at test centers on college campuses and military bases. Contact your Educational Services Officer or Navy College Education Specialist for more information. Visit the DANTES or College Board websites for details about CLEP opportunities for military personnel.
Eligible U.S. veterans can claim reimbursement for CLEP exams and administration fees pursuant to provisions of the Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2004. For details on eligibility and submitting a claim for reimbursement, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website at www.gibill.va.gov.
CLEP can be used in conjunction with the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which applies to veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of operation. Because the GI Bill provides tuition for up to 36 months, earning college credits with CLEP exams expedites academic progress and degree completion within the funded timeframe.
SSD ACCOMMODATIONS FOR CANDIDATES WITH DISABILITIES
Many test candidates qualify for extra time to take the CLEP exams, but you must make these arrangements in advance. For information, contact:
College Board Services for Students with Disabilities
P.O. Box 6226
Princeton, NJ 08541-6226
Phone: (609) 771-7137 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET)
TTY: (609) 882-4118
Fax: (609) 771-7944