Language Placement

<p>I took AP Spanish at the end of my senior year and got a 5, which means I could skip the language requirement. But I still think I want to continue studying Spanish in college, so I need to take an oral exam during orientation. Is it a good idea to study for this since I probably forgot a lot over the summer, or just take it cold for more accurate placement?</p>

<p>my theory is that I will not review my spanish before I take the class, so I shouldn't review before the test. I figure its better to underestimate my spanish abilities than overestimate them.</p>

<p>It depends on whether or not you would like to place into a Spanish class that would challenge you. If so, I would study a little (not too much) before you get here. If you don't mind what Spanish class you end up in, or would like your class to be relatively easy, then don't study. Basically, don't kill yourself over it, but if you are serious about studying Spanish then preparing for the placement exam is a good idea.</p>

<p>By the way... get to the exam early. When I went, they ran out of tape recorders for the oral part and the proctor scolded my friend and me for not getting there early enough.</p>

<p>Are all the oral examinations for a certain language at the same time? How do we find out where/the date/what time we take that exam?</p>

<p>I think you should get a humongous file of papers your first day. The information should be in there. Also, I believe you meet with your advisor early on, and they should be able to help. RAs might also know answers, or at least how to find them.</p>

<p>yeah you get a schedule with all that info. trust me, you'll get more info for NSO than you want.</p>

<p>what is the oral test like? is it similar to the 5 question on the AP?</p>

When I went, they ran out of tape recorders for the oral part and the proctor scolded my friend and me for not getting there early enough.


<p>That makes no sense, if you guys had shown up earlier, two other people would have still needed them.</p>

<p>Yes... I know. Unfortunately, that's what happened.</p>

<p>I ended up not taking Spanish at Stanford. I placed out of the requirement with AP scores anyways.</p>

<p>I already took the online written test for Italian but I've been thinking that I don't want to continue with the language (my SAT 2 fulfilled the language requirement). Can I just skip out of continuing by not going to the oral test? Am I bound to taking the oral test since I had taken the written test? Can I find out my written score anyway (without taking the oral)? Thanks.</p>

<p>Ask someone in the department. Or, even go to the oral exam and ask someone in charge if you have to stay.</p>