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AP Spanish - stay away?

auxsoleilauxsoleil Posts: 426Registered User Member
edited April 2007 in AP Tests Preparation
did anyone here on CC take the AP Spanish LANGUAGE exam who is a non-native ?? is it impossible to get a 4 or higher if you're not a native?! would you recommend this course / test to other non-native speakers?
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  • MallomarCookieMallomarCookie Posts: 3,181Registered User Senior Member
    Of course it's not impossible! Most people who take the test are not native. I got a 5 and I am non-native. To get a 4 or 5 you just have to be really good at Spanish grammar.
  • auxsoleilauxsoleil Posts: 426Registered User Member
    hmm thanks for that mallomar
    any other thoughts? bumpp
  • bananamanbananaman Posts: 138Registered User Junior Member
    I agree with mallomar. At my school (public btw), AP Spanish is after four years, and usually a quarter of the kids get fives every year. Spanish grammar and the ability to read decently quickly (maybe 2/3rds as fast as you read in English) are key. You also need to be able to construct a solid essay using semi-advanced grammar like "lo que quiero hacer es..." and "Al amanecer, me levanto...". Vocab and oral comprehension are semi-important, and speaking ability not that important.
  • andriuxsandriuxs Posts: 599Registered User Member
    I'm a native speaker, so if u need help with ur spanish, just PM :d
  • 823freckles823freckles Posts: 72Registered User Junior Member
    It is definitely possible! I got a 4 my junior year, and I consider my Spanish skills to be pretty poor. I think it depends on how your school sets up AP Spanish- my school you are allowed to take the course after finishing Spanish 1-4 and we take a LOT of practice tests and do a lot of practice speaking tests (which was my weakness). Give it a try-what do you have to lose?
  • adorkableadorkable Posts: 245Registered User Junior Member
    the AP spanish test changed though. and it's hard. :(
  • kyledavid80kyledavid80 Posts: 8,093Registered User Senior Member
    ^^ it hasn't changed TOO much.

    It's difficult, as all the language tests are -- think about it: it's a different language! Of course it's not going to be easy, but if you studied throughout the year, it's definitely doable.

    What your prep should've been like:
    -reading and writing every day
    -speaking it to yourself and others
    -hearing it every day (for a good amount of time -- an hour or so)
    -learning words each day
    -studying grammar each day

    Obviously, the four modes of language + the elements/principles of language. Doing well on the AP Spanish exam is as much about being proficient in the language as it is about knowing the exam structure and approaches well. Get Barron's 2007-2008 prep book with CDs.

    Look at the breakdown of last years scores:

    Score Percent
    5 23.4%
    4 24.5%
    3 27.9%
    2 15.3%
    1 8.9%

    ~76% passed the exam. ~50% got a 4 or a 5. I know many non-native speakers who got a 4 or a 5.

    Here's what a friend who took the exam last year told me: he was always behind in readings; he procrastinated on the assignments and projects; and he didn't prepare a whole lot for the exam. He didn't STUDY a lot, either, and he's no prodigy in language (but he gets Spanish). The class wasn't rigorous (I'm taking it this year) at all. He says his vocab was and is weak, but he knew the grammar well. But above all, he used a lot of logic on the test: he knew what couldn't go, he used process of elimination, he thought critically. And he got a 5.

    Of course, the exam has changed, but it's still possible to get a good score on it. See the breakdown for the exam here:

    http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/sub_spanlang.html?spanlang
  • ducktapeducktape Posts: 1,000Registered User Member
    Yeah, I got a 4 on it and I'm not native. I took it last year as a sophomore, but my school doesn't have an AP class so I sort of self studied. Regardless, I really didn't know what was going to be on it. Know your subjunctive, be able to write with it, and you'll be fine.
  • araminaramin Posts: 190Registered User Junior Member
    The test has changed a great deal for this year. My teacher usually has about a 80% 5 rate, and he is freaked out. We've been practicing, and the formal speaking is going to be a *****.
  • collegebound0290collegebound0290 Posts: 220User Awaiting Email Confirmation Junior Member
    I heard that since this is the first year of the test the graders will be more lenient then in future years? Anyone else heard this?
  • karipac07karipac07 Posts: 124Registered User Junior Member
    ^No I haven't heard this, and yes the test has changed a lot this year but last year it changed a lot from two years before that and before that too. The test is constantly changing and I don't think graders are going to be more lenient. They will just grade the differences differently.

    And I'm a non-native and I got a 5 last year. Just practice!
  • kyledavid80kyledavid80 Posts: 8,093Registered User Senior Member
    It hasn't changed A LOT this year, but it's changed a bit (new "fill in the blank" section, etc.).
  • hoohahooha Posts: 26Registered User New Member
    anyone have any released old ap spanish exams?
  • ivyracerivyracer Posts: 215Registered User Junior Member
    btw what's the best book to purchase for spanish? barron's maybe?
  • willsmomwillsmom Posts: 160Registered User Junior Member
    The AP Spanish teacher at our school has been really frustrated at the lack of information and materials available to prepare for the test this year. She wasn't able to get curricular materials in the classroom until halfway through the school year, and is not requiring the kids to take the exam this year, even though she historically has LOTS of 5's. She feels she wasn't able to adequately prepare them for the changes that were made-- I think there is a lot more listening required and less time given to respond. We'll see-- my son is going to give it a shot.
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