I took the CLEP today and passed with a score high enough to receive all 12 colledge credits! I know this is all due to your hard work as a teacher, so I'd like to thank you SO MUCH!
For future CLEP-takers, here are some things I recommend:
Schaum's Outline of Spanish Grammar was a book that I found to be slightly more helpful than REA's CLEP study guide. After each new concept is introduced, you do 5 or so exercises on it. Also, I found this book slightly easier to understand in introducing concepts.
However, the REA study book has strengths in the practice tests. The CLEP exam turned out to be slightly easier than the practice exams (in my opinion) which is good because it pushes you further. And the practice exams are a little longer.
Here are a few tips to think about on the day of the CLEP exam:
-Bring two pencils in case one breaks (the test is computer-based, but you will need to take notes)
-Do not bring scrap paper. This is provided at the test center.
-Basically, try not to bring anything else, as they won't allow hats, bags, devices, etc. in the testing room. The facility I used had lockers, but other test centers may not, so I would not recommend bringing unnecessary things.
Here are some tips to think about during the CLEP exam:
-Before each section, the computer instructs you, basically, on how to use a computer and what you'll see. I would recommend looking this over, and NOT skipping it, as important information can be easily missed without reading the instructions.
-Try not to take too much time on one question. The computer allows you to "mark" a question for further reference, and at the end of the section you have the option to move on or review. In review, you can see answered, unanswered, and marked questions.
-Do not leave any answers blank. You will not lose points for this; however, a guess is better than nothing.
Here are the basics of each section:
Section I Listening
-Here you will hear a sentence and four answers/responses. Choose the best one.
-It can be tricky remembering what the question was at the end. Write down the basics of the question as you hear it.
-Write a, b, c, d on your paper. This way, you can mark off crazy answers that you know are wrong as you hear them. It's pretty much impossible to remember all the answers after hearing them.
-Listen closely. The speakers do not speak ultra-fast like I thought they would, but there are cases where you may not understand a word. Both listening sections require FULL attention.
Section II Listening
-Here you will hear a longer dialogue/narrative/story. Then you will see a list of answers. Choose the answer to each question.
-The exam asks for obscure details, so take AS MANY NOTES AS POSSIBLE.
-Listen for specific indications of when something will happen, lists, and names.
-Don't write the story out word for word. This takes too long and the speaker can speak faster than you can write.
-I found this to be the most difficult section, so I would recommend practicing with the REA book a lot.
Section III Reading
-Here the exam will show you paragraphs, advertisements, or stories. You will either fill in the blanks or answer a question.
-The good thing about this section is you can look at the stories and answers over and over.
-Read the entire story. Sometimes the exam will ask a question that seems like it matches one part of the story, but really match another. If you don't read the entire story, you may miss a hidden link.