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**OFFICIAL** AP Spanish Language 2013 Thread

mschusler28mschusler28 Registered User Posts: 126 Junior Member
edited September 2013 in AP Tests Preparation
Post anything you feel will help others do well on the exam (IE: supplies, study guides, when you are studying etc...). I am taking this class in school so people like me can help out self studiers (if there are any lol). I am not a native speaker, I am actually a caucasian, so I think this one may be a bit tougher. I live in a mostly white area and am the only one in my family that speaks spanish. I feel like that there is not too much info on the forums to help us out because it is one of the least popular exams. My teacher told us to get AP Spanish Audio Program with 8 CD's- 3rd edition by Diaz, and Holt AP Spanish 2007 Exam Edition, which I do no believe either will help too much but we'll see. I have doen a lot of research myself on the best books to get. Barron's with the Audio CD's is highly recommended to me, as well as the flash cards. Princeton Review with the Audio CD's is also highly recommended. And lastly, I would get Crash Course, although it isn't highly rated on amazon, it is known to have great Audio. I'm really not feeling too strong on this one, being speaking/listening is my weakness and I don't have too many opportunities to get better besides at school. Let me know how you will practice those areas, as well as if you are a native speaker/ latino. Also, this exam is supposed to be very difficult, even for the native speakers. If anyone has taken it, feel free to share to us how it worked out for you. This test will be tough and I need to get either a 4 or 5 for National AP Scholar. But we can all help each other out and do this together :)
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Replies to: **OFFICIAL** AP Spanish Language 2013 Thread

  • PhilosophePhilosophe Registered User Posts: 110 New Member
    Good luck. I'm a native speaker and this exam was hell. I'm the only one in my class that passed/didn't get a 1...

    Definitely work on doing the multiple choice section, that was the worst one.
  • mschusler28mschusler28 Registered User Posts: 126 Junior Member
    I'm surprised the listening/speaking section wasn't the hardest. The MC you can take your time on and reading is much easier than listening in a different language for most people I would think. Then again you are a native speaker :)
  • CantConcentrateCantConcentrate Registered User Posts: 2,552 Senior Member
    You can't really "take your time" per say. Especially if you run into a word or words in a row that you've never seen in your life.
  • mschusler28mschusler28 Registered User Posts: 126 Junior Member
    @CantConcentrate What did you get on the exam and what was your background in Spanish?
  • mschusler28mschusler28 Registered User Posts: 126 Junior Member
    @EmilyXie, I'm in the same boat as you and my teacher told us to get the Holt 2007 Exam Edition, AP SPanish Audio Program by Diaz. I will be getting other things on my own as well probably.
  • IamapersonIamaperson Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Last year, our AP Spanish teacher was the epitome of horrible teaching--in fact, the class was discontinued at our school after the first offering >.>

    What I did to still get a 5 on the exam was buy the Barron's study guide. Just as a heads up, the book sucks in terms of gauging your score on the actual exam (the passages, especially the reading, are way too verbose and unnecessarily highfalutin--I averaged a 2 on each test). But the listening and speaking sections accurately portray the stuff that's gonna be on the exam.

    As for the reading, don't read novels as much as internet articles. I remember forcing myself to read one BBC Mundo article per day for two weeks prior to the exam (I would start even earlier).

    As for writing, just use big words. They like big words.
  • todayisfridaytodayisfriday Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    I am the first person from my school to take AP Spanish, which I am taking online. I find it to be easy. Any one else in AP online?
  • musicislife73musicislife73 Registered User Posts: 297 Junior Member
    I posted this on another thread a long time ago, but it should help those of you taking the test this year. Good luck!

    My teacher was nice enough to hold lunch-time review sessions for those of us who wanted extra practice (mainly my group of nerds/friends and me); the result: of those of us who regularly went at lunch (10 or so), 8 of us passed, and 2 of my friends and I got 5s (all of us are non-native speakers). That being said, here's a bit of a breakdown that should hopefully help.


    It seems like most AP Spanish teachers are using the Prentice Hall Preparing for the AP Spanish Language Exam book, as did my class. Do as many items from it as possible (ignore the paragraph completion, as it is no longer on the exam). Although there is no answer key, your teacher should be able to help you with that. Do as many reading comprehension as possible (the ones I did for practice were difficult, but when I got to the actual test they were a breeze). I'll go more in depth later. Also try to do as many of the writing and speaking prompts as you can (try to get a copy of the audio if your class/teacher does not have it). There is also a great list of vocabulary and idioms in the back for use in all of the sections of the exam. As a grammar/class textbook, we used Una Vez M
  • 13nortonj13nortonj Registered User Posts: 93 Junior Member
    Musicislife73, that is such a helpful post- thank you so much! I'm glad that SOMEONE managed to get a 5 on this exam and that with studying, it is possible. Your ideas seem really good and I'm definitely going to have to refer back to them right before the exam. I have a LOT of studying to do, but I'm going to start now and do it little by little until May. I especially liked your tip about reading news articles- I feel like that will help so much even though news articles can be very short!
  • 13nortonj13nortonj Registered User Posts: 93 Junior Member
    I've been studying every weekend- I feel like writing is the easiest for me, but everything else is very difficult. I feel like I'm not bad at reading but when I do the questions and passages in Barron's I get half of them wrong :/. I haven't practiced any speaking prompts yet but I'm not too bad of a speaker as long as I know what I am talking about, and listening is awful for me so I'm going to work again on that next weekend.
  • musicislife73musicislife73 Registered User Posts: 297 Junior Member
    13nortonj, I just saw your posts. Good luck with the exam! I'd recommend at least trying a few speaking prompts, just to make sure you can adequately respond to them. Also, if I didn't mention above (I wrote that a long time ago, so I don't quite remember), make sure you bring a watch and time yourself for both the speaking portions. It can get really awkward if you stop talking with 30 seconds left, or if you've only covered half of what you want when time is up. If you're getting half of the reading passages wrong in Barron's, be glad. I remember on the few that I did I missed almost all of them sometimes. Just make sure you understand why what you chose was wrong, and more importantly why the other answer is correct. Again, good luck, and feel free to message me if you need anything!
  • Derek1Derek1 Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    Does anybody know approx. how many multiple choice you can get wrong to get a 5?
  • 12456543631245654363 Registered User Posts: 65 Junior Member
    Go to appass, it has a good calculator.
  • todayisfridaytodayisfriday Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    Is or has anyone used the 5 Steps to a 5 book? Do you know how accurate the practice tests are? Anyone else nervous for this exam?
  • serghesserghes - Posts: 112 Junior Member
    Im white and my teacher was hardcore.im not worried at all,she prepared us well,i will thank her so bad after teh exam
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