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Harvard On-Campus Spanish Language Verification Exam Help/Details

nchsstudentnchsstudent 7 replies7 threads New Member
I'm a rising freshman and I was wondering what the format of the Language Verification Exam in Spanish at Harvard is like.

Are there just reading and listening sections, or are there writing/speaking sections, too?
What is the level of the grammar and vocabulary like? Is it similar/more difficult than the SAT/AP?
What would be the best way to prepare for this test? Are there vocab lists out there?

Any details would be much appreciated.
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  • gibbygibby 10541 replies249 threads Senior Member
    edited August 2018
    My guess is that foreign language exam is at the same level as the SAT/AP, as a passing score of 700 on the FL SAT, or a 5 on the foreign language AP, exempts a student from having to take a foreign language course at Harvard. In addition see: https://placement-info.fas.harvard.edu/language
    Please take the online language placement exams on a computer with a high-speed internet connection as there are multiple sound files that must be downloaded for the listening sections.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 42310 replies8428 threads Super Moderator
    edited August 2018
    Please take the online language placement exams on a computer with a high-speed internet connection as there are multiple sound files that must be downloaded for the listening sections.
    That's for the online version @gibby . The OP is asking about the follow-up to the online exam given during Opening Days.
    https://placement-info.fas.harvard.edu/lve

    So, for the OP, I don't have first-hand knowledge, as I fulfilled via AP, but I seem to remember some discussion among others in my entryway. My understanding is that it is similar to the Spanish with listening Subject Test, maybe a small step up, but easier than AP. I know for some languages, an oral interview is included, but I don't know if it's part of the Spanish/French/ LVE. There really is no prep involved; you either know the material or you don't. I suppose if you're so inclined you can review your old notes and/or get a Subject Test prep book.
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