I copied this from the College Board CLEP website: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/ex_cls.html
"Most colleges that award credit for the Spanish Language exam award either two or four semesters of credit, depending on the candidate's test scores."
I take that to mean that even if you don't get all 12 credits possible for the Spanish CLEP, you might get 6 credits. Everybody takes the same test, but some people score higher and get 12 credits, some score lower and get 6 credits--and, of course, it is possible to get no credits (which would be really disappointing). My guess is that the lady at Multnomah meant it is really hard to get all 12 credits. But it might be worth trying for 6 credits.
I am sure it is a really hard test, and I don't plan to take it myself. :-) And I'm certainly not trying to talk anybody else into taking it. I do not want to make light of the study and work that should go into preparing for the test. I just wanted to make sure people are seeing this odd way of doing the test--of having the same test, with different scores, count for different amounts of college credit. Luke may have looked at the test and thought it was 12 credits or nothing, which could be a daunting way of looking at the test.
One CLEP test website Tami uses (not the College Board one) says that anybody with even one year of high school Spanish should at least attempt the Spanish CLEP. This may be a bit optimistic (he was in the military, where CLEPs are free), but his comments may be worth reading. The link is http://www.free-clep-prep.com/Spanish-Language-CLEP.html
I was hoping that one of the things Brad could do in the special CLEP tutoring session was "administer" the aural part of the practice test. In the CLEP prep book it is laid out as another reading assignment, but in the real test the student listens (and can only hear it one time!) instead of reads it and then selects the correct answer from several written answers. Apparently 2 out of 3 sections involve a lot of listening. However, the total score is 40% listening and 60% reading.
So many things to consider. May God lead each of us.And, Brad, we have the CLEP test prep book, so we aren't expecting you to go buy anything. We actually have two copies of the book right now, one from the library. They are different editions, but close enough we can work with it.
P.S. Tami helped me find more information on line about the Spanish CLEP. These are things people who took the test and wrote about it on some forum said.
Study the Schaum's Spanish Outline
- The vocal accents on the practice exams through Peterson's are very clear. However, there are a wider variety of vocal tones/inflections/accents in the actual exam -- and some of the conversations are more rapid and less clear. Because of this, I highly recommend interacting with Spanish speakers, watching Spanish language news (you already know what's going on in the world, so it's a little easier to translate in your head), or finding alternative audio material on the 'net.
- In the second audio portion, you only get to hear the audio once and you have to answer multiple questions about that audio. The Peterson's practice exam allows you to replay the audio for every question. Keep this in mind during study time and try to answer all of the questions for each scenario the "real" way.
- Vocabulary is definitely important.
.. Clothing/shopping terminology
.. Giving directions
.. Family members
.. Time and date
.. Por vs Para
.. Llegar vs Llevar
.. Ser vs Estar
- Verb tenses and reflexive pronouns come into play big time in the 3rd section. You can probably scrape by sections 1 & 2 without a detailed knowledge of these, simply by being strong in vocabulary. However, you will struggle in the 3rd section without a good grasp of tenses and reflexives.
All in all, I thought it was somewhat harder than the Peterson's practice exams. The great thing about using the practice exams, though, is getting through the 3 different sections of the test. It is set up differently than other CLEPs so it's worth it to have the exposure prior to going in.