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AP Spanish-- how hard is it to get a 5?

yankeedoodleyankeedoodle Posts: 385Registered User Member
edited April 2010 in World Languages
I desperately want to get a 5 because

1. I have studied Spanish for 4 years.
2. My teacher is VERY good and has been preparing us for the AP test the entire year.

But still, in practice tests I get mid-range 4's. How do I boost it to a 5 in the next 2 weeks? I'm decent at listening and reading.

I FAIL at speaking.
I don't do that well on writing for reasons unknown to me.

Thanks
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Replies to: AP Spanish-- how hard is it to get a 5?

  • RaedneRaedne Posts: 45Registered User Junior Member
    I have the same concern.. I'm currently panicking since I am basically teaching the language to myself, teacher is terrible. :(
  • sapphire_oceansapphire_ocean Posts: 942Registered User Member
    haha its supah easy! there are about three writing portions where you listen to conversations then respond to a prompt, there are mc and then passages with rc questions. also there is a speaking section[you get a tape recorder] and do an interview in spanish, sounds like you've been preparing so you should be fine, if you have any spanish speaking friends talk to them until the ap test in spanish for practice

    btw- i got a 5
  • mumurthigalmumurthigal Posts: 323Registered User Member
    sapphire: when did you take the test? i think you're referring to the old test. it changed in 2007.
  • shravasshravas Posts: 2,033Registered User Senior Member
    I think just practicing speaking would be pretty good, especially since you're pretty good in reading and writing. And for fomal speaking and formal writing, look carefully at what they're looking for, and it might even help to look at essays for AP English Language since they're somewhat similar. I think a lot of really good Spanish speakers get stuck on those sections since those require something more than just knowing Spanish.
  • camemilcamemil Posts: 44Registered User Junior Member
    IMPORTANT NOTICE TO YA'LL TAKING AP SPANISH!!!:

    so what my teacher told me is that they took the two paragraph sections out this year!!! woot woot.

    anyway concerning your question, p.s. if you can understand this then you should be able to get a 5, lo que hice fue: obten
  • sapphire_oceansapphire_ocean Posts: 942Registered User Member
    ^^ nah fool i took it last year 2008, but according to camemil's teacher they took out two paragraph sections-so you guys may be in luck =)
  • apHELPapHELP Posts: 184Registered User Junior Member
    So I took the test last year and got a 5 EASILY, most of the multiple choice is straightforward and the essay is not difficult. I failed the speaking part because of all the distraction, and I still got a 5. Don't worry people, you are all going to pass!
  • camemilcamemil Posts: 44Registered User Junior Member
    sapphire_ocean, what tenses did you use for the writing/speaking sections? what my teacher told us is that the more advanced the tense, used in the right context, should get you an easy five, what do you think?
  • camemilcamemil Posts: 44Registered User Junior Member
    apHELP, you, too. what do you think about usage of more advanced tenses?
  • apHELPapHELP Posts: 184Registered User Junior Member
    It should definitely help, but I wouldn't use something that I am no familiar with. My parents are both fluent in Spanish and have taught me to use the correct tenses, so for me it wasn't a problem, but for you I would advice good transitions.
  • camemilcamemil Posts: 44Registered User Junior Member
    transitions... as in?
  • apHELPapHELP Posts: 184Registered User Junior Member
    Pretty much the English ones translated to Spanish, the readers love looking at word choice and the structure that guides your main points.
    A Pesar - Despite
    Sobretodo - Overall
    Al igual - Similar to
    etc....
  • camemilcamemil Posts: 44Registered User Junior Member
    ah alright, thank you!
  • sapphire_oceansapphire_ocean Posts: 942Registered User Member
    yes eloquent word choice is key, but so is understand-ability, if you feel comfortable going a little fancy do it, but if not you'll end up with gobbledygook....
    tenses, as in future tense...

    like = me gustaria estar en esa clase porque me gusta la materia.
    instead of= me gustaba mucho esa clase, y quiero estar en ella.


    also:if it feels and sounds awkward in your head it probably is...
  • sapphire_oceansapphire_ocean Posts: 942Registered User Member
    ^umm sorry im a spanish speaker so it probably doesnt help much...
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