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Spanish Language CLEP Study Guide

Name of Exam: Spanish Language CLEP

Number of Questions: 120

Time Limit: 90 Minutes

ACE Recommended Passing Score: 50 for six credits, 63 for twelve credits!

Practice Test Available?: Yes - Click here

Cost: $80 + Sitting Fee (Usually no more than $20) at your testing site. Military can take CLEPs for free with Tuition Assistance. Check with your Educational Officer!

Difficulty 1-5 : Depends on your Spanish ;)
(One being the easiest, and five being the hardest)


Exam Description:

The Spanish Language CLEP tests your knowledge in speaking, and reading Spanish.

Personal Thoughts:

My advice for these is the same no matter what language you're thinking about taking. If you've ever taken a year of this particular foreign language in high school, then you should at least attempt the exam. If your family ever uses the foreign language in the house, you should definitely attempt the exam. I don't care if your family has made fun of your horrible accent for your entire life, and you can only understand two words out of five. You should really at least attempt the exam.

For military this is truly a no-brainer. The exam doesn't cost you anything, but you have the chance of picking up at a minimum 6, and possibly 12 elective credits just for showing you can understand enough of that language to pass. Please... if you have any experience with the language, then at least attempt the exam.

Exam breakdown:

According to the College Board website, the Spanish Language CLEP exam is broken down as follows:

60%Reading
25%Listening: Dialogue and Narratives
15%Listening: Rejoiners

Areas of Study

A few of the topics that you will need to know are:

  • Discrete sentence reading (vocabulary and structure)
  • Short cloze reading (Fill in the missing words)
  • Reading passages (reading comprehension)
  • Listening comprehension through short oral exchanges
  • Listening comprehension through longer spoken narratives

Free Study Resources

Click on the titles to go to the study resource.

StudySpanish.com Free Tutorials - I like these a lot. They have free and premium lessons, but even the free lessons have audio, tests, and vocabulary lists. Definitely give it a look to brush up on your Spanish.

Learning Spanish at About.com - About.com has a great language section to include Spanish. Online Quizzes, Verb Tenses, and Lessons for the Beginner make this a great site to visit.

BBC Spanish Lessons - The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) has free language lessons for a variety of languages. They also have conversation tutorials, as well as quizzes.

Recommended bargain-priced study resources

SpanishHour CLEP Preparation - Hands down the best Spanish CLEP preparation that I've found. It has built in practice exams aimed at the Spanish CLEP and even will take you from absolute beginner to the level needed to pass. Just a great resource and at the time of this writing you can sign up for free.

Closing Thoughts

Seriously.... go attempt the Spanish Language CLEP if you know even a little bit of Spanish. Even if you're not in the military and the money comes from your own pocket, that's a potential twelve credits for $100. You can't find a better deal than that when it comes to college credit.

Best of luck! Or I should say, "Buena suerte!"

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