Cliffs Notes AP Spanish Language

Cliffs Notes AP Spanish Language

by Gisela Bencomo

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Cliffs Notes AP Spanish Language by Gisela Bencomo

CliffsAP study guides help you gain an edge on Advanced Placement* exams. Review exercises, realistic practice exams, and effective test-taking strategies are the key to calmer nerves and higher AP* scores.

CliffsAP Spanish Language is for students who are enrolled in AP Spanish or who are preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination in Spanish to earn college credit and/or placement into advanced coursework at the college level. Inside, you’ll find test-taking strategies, a clear explanation of the exam format, a look at how exams are graded, and more:

  • A topic-by-topic look at what’s on the exam
  • A diagnostic test (CD included so you’ll actually hear the dialogue you’ll be tested on)
  • Three full-length practice tests
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about the exam

Sample questions (and answers!) and practice tests reinforce what you’ve learned in areas such as understanding oral Spanish, using your Spanish vocabulary, diagramming the language’s structure, and comprehending written material. CliffsAP Spanish Language also includes information on the following:

  • The gender of nouns
  • Verbal tenses
  • Regional idiomatic expressions
  • Verb usage and conjugation
  • Spelling and punctuation rules
  • Speaking Spanish in specific situations

This comprehensive guide offers a thorough review of key concepts and detailed answer explanations. It’s all you need to do your best — and get the college credits you deserve.

*Advanced Placement Program and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in theproduction of, and does not endorse this product.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764586880
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/16/2002
Series: Cliffs AP Series
Edition description: BOOK & CD
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 7.86(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Gisela Bencomo, A.B.D., has taught AP Spanish Language and Literature at Miami Southridge Senior High School in Miami, Florida, since 1989. In addition to teaching, she is a reader for the AP Spanish Exams and a consultant for the College Board. She served as a member of the AP Spanish Development Committee for five years, and is also a presenter at workshops for AP teachers.

Table of Contents

Part IIntroduction to the AP Spanish Language Exam
Format of the AP Spanish Language Exam3
Scoring the AP Spanish Language Exam3
General Description4
Questions Commonly Asked about the AP Spanish Language Exam5
Some Successful Testing Strategies8
Part IIAnalysis of Exam Areas
Explaining Dialogues and Narratives11
Dialogues and Narratives11
Ability Tested11
Basic Skills Necessary12
Short Narratives13
Longer Narratives13
Suggested Strategies for Dialogue and Narrative Questions14
Sample Dialogues and Narratives: Questions, Answers, and Explanations15
Set 116
Answers and Explanations for Set 118
Set 219
Answers and Explanations for Set 221
Explaining Cloze Passages23
Ability Tested23
Basic Skills Necessary23
Suggested Strategies for Cloze Passages25
An Example of How to Read a Passage and Work Through Questions27
Sample Cloze Passages: Questions, Answers, and Explanations29
Sample 129
Answers and Explanations for Sample 130
Sample 232
Answers and Explanations for Sample 233
Explaining Error Recognition Exercises35
Ability Tested35
Basic Skills Necessary35
Suggested Strategies for Error Recognition Exercises38
A Guide to the Grammar Review Appendix39
Examples of How to Work through Problems42
Sample Error Recognition Sentences: Questions, Answers, and Explanations44
Set 144
Answers and Explanations for Set 145
Set 245
Answers and Explanations for Set 246
Explaining Reading Comprehension Passages47
Ability Tested47
Basic Skills Necessary47
Suggested Strategies for Reading Comprehension Passages48
Skim and Scan49
Identify What Type of Passage You Are Reading49
Make Inferences50
Identify Transitional Words50
Understand Any Literary Figures of Speech51
An Example of How to Read a Passage52
Sample Reading Comprehension Passages: Questions, Answers, and Explanations55
Sample 155
Answers and Explanations for Sample 157
Sample 258
Answers and Explanations for Sample 260
Explaining Paragraph Fill-Ins61
Paragraph Fill-Ins61
Ability Tested61
Basic Skills Necessary62
Suggested Strategies for Paragraphs Fill-Ins63
Sample Paragraph Fill-Ins: Questions, Answers, and Explanations65
Set 165
Answers and Explanations for Set 166
Set 267
Answers and Explanations for Set 268
Explaining Discrete Sentence Fill-Ins69
Ability Tested69
Basic Skills Necessary69
Suggested Strategies for Discrete Sentence Fill-Ins70
Examples of How to Work through Discrete Sentence Fill-Ins72
Sample Discrete Sentence Fill-Ins: Questions, Answers, and Explanations73
Set 173
Answers and Explanations for Set 174
Set 275
Answers and Explanations for Set 275
Explaining Essay Questions77
Ability Tested77
Basic Skills Necessary77
Suggested Strategies for Essay Questions78
How Essays Are Scored80
High Score (9)80
Medium-High Score (7-8)81
Medium Score (4-6)81
Medium-Low Score (2-3)81
Low Score (0-1)81
Previous Essay Topics81
An Example of How to Write an Essay82
Sample Essay: Questions, Answers, and Explanations84
Sample 184
Explaining Picture Sequences89
Picture Sequences89
Ability Tested89
Basic Skills Necessary89
Suggested Strategies for Picture Sequences90
How to Practice for the Picture Sequence Section92
Picture Sequence Scoring94
High Score (9)94
Medium-High Score (7-8)94
Medium Score (5-6)94
Medium-Low Score (3-4)94
Low Score (1-2)95
No Score (0)95
Sample Picture Sequences95
Sample 195
Sample 298
Explaining Directed Response Questions101
Ability Tested101
Basic Skills Necessary101
Examples of Possible Questions102
Suggested Strategies for Directed Response Questions104
Directed Response Scoring105
Excellent (4)105
Very good to good (3)105
Acceptable (2)105
Weak to poor (1)106
Unacceptable (0)106
Sample Directed Response Questions106
Sample 1106
Sample 2106
Part IIIDiagnostic Test
Answer Sheet for the Diagnostic Test109
Diagnostic Test111
Section IMultiple Choice Questions111
Section IIFree Response117
Part AWriting Skills117
Part BSpeaking Skills119
Answer Key for the Diagnostic-Test122
Section IMultiple Choice Questions122
Section IIFree Response Questions123
Answers and Explanations for the Diagnostic Test124
Section IMultiple Choice Questions124
Section IIFree Response Questions126
Sample Answers for Essay Question127
Part IVThree Full-Length Practice Tests
Answer Sheet for Practice Test 1131
Practice Test 1133
Section IMultiple Choice Questions133
Section IIFree Response148
Part AWriting Skills148
Part BSpeaking Skills151
Practice Test 1 Scoring Worksheet154
Section IMultiple Choice Section154
Section IIFree Response Section154
Final Score154
Probable Final AP Score155
Answer Key for Practice Test 1155
Section IMultiple-Choice Questions155
Section IIFree-Response Questions157
Answers and Explanations for Practice Test 1158
Section IMultiple Choice Questions158
Section IIFree Response Questions163
Sample Answers for Essay Question165
Answer Sheet for Practice Test 2167
Practice Test 2169
Section IMultiple Choice Questions169
Section IIFree Response184
Part AWriting Skills184
Part BSpeaking Skills187
Practice Test 2 Scoring Worksheet190
Section IMultiple Choice Section190
Section IIFree Response Section190
Final Score190
Probable Final AP Score191
Answer Key for Practice Test 2191
Section IMultiple-Choice Questions191
Section IIFree-Response Questions193
Answers and Explanations for Practice Test 2194
Section IMultiple Choice Questions194
Section IIFree Response Questions199
Sample Answers for Essay Question200
Answer Sheet for Practice Test 3203
Practice Test 3205
Section IMultiple Choice Questions205
Section IIFree Response220
Part AWriting Skills220
Part BSpeaking Skills223
Practice Test 3 Scoring Worksheet226
Section IMultiple Choice Section226
Section IIFree Response Section226
Final Score226
Probable Final AP Score227
Answer Key for Practice Test 3227
Section IMultiple-Choice Questions227
Section IIFree-Response Questions229
Answers and Explanations for Practice Test 3230
Section IMultiple Choice Questions230
Section IIFree Response Questions235
Sample Answers for Essay Question236
Part VAppendices
Grammar Review241
Spanish-English Vocabulary283

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