Anicia wrote: "I recently took the Spanish CLEP, and passed with a score of 62! Thank you for all your hard work in teaching me during high school.
I wrote down some info about the CLEP structure and test-taking tips, in case they could be helpful:
I highly recommend using the provided paper and pencils. A significant portion of the test was listening only, with only one chance to listen to the material. Writing down keywords as I listened helped me to follow the dialogue in the voice clip, and have something to reference when selecting my answers.
The first portion of the test had 18 questions. A clip of dialogue was spoken, as well as four options for a response. I was given ten seconds to select an answer. Before I began the first section, I wrote down sets of a, b, c, and d bullet points so that I had less to write during the test. I used the bullet points to write a keyword or two, and 'x'ed out obviously incorrect options.
The second portion had closer to 30 questions with longer audio clips. The time limit was about 20 minutes for the whole section. The multiple-choice answer options were displayed on the screen rather than spoken. I still wrote keywords when listening, but kept them simple so I didn't miss any dialogue.
The third portion of the test was reading. There were 70-75 questions to be answered in 60 minutes. If there was a section/question I didn't understand, I made an educated guess, marked it for review, and moved on. When I had answered all questions with time remaining, I went back to those sections/questions to read more carefully and change answers as needed.
As part of my studying, I subscribed to www.spanishhour.com to take their three full-length practice tests, which helped simulate the environment of the CLEP test. Furthermore, the tests were used to analyze my weaknesses, and I was directed to the corresponding lessons in the Spanish Hour online course to review the material.
I hope this information is helpful!