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try to test out of Spanish 101,102 on January 10th at 9 in the morning.. did not have Spanish for 5 years help me T_T

I am doing duolingo as a warm up but I still am not doing so hot getting a 2.03/ 5 where my goal is at least a 70%. Anyone have any suggestions to help me brush up more and be ready for it please help me I'm super scared! T_T

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/856pm

Well, here's a what I'd do:

  1. If you really have to pass this test, devote your life until then to study.

  2. Finish the tree.

  3. Practice. Practice like it's your life at stake.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/suzumie

thanks I have been studying every day even on Christmas like crazy, but I still struggle to the point I question myself. I either forget how to spell the word, can't recognize it when it is pronounced on here, or just how the sentence is put together trips me up.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/856pm

Try practicing your weak vocabulary by going to Vocabulary and doing it there. Just keep on going until you consistently pass with full hearts.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fishysteph

In addition to practicing on Duolingo as much as possible, you could find weak vocab words on here and make flashcards (I like Study Blue). It has helped me out tremendously. Also watching tv with subtitles/listening to music in spanish (even while you're doing other things, like cleaning if you're limited on time). It may help some of the older stuff come back to you or help you pick up phrases. And if you have the opportunity, speak it with people. Buena suerte!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Phobic
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As far as vocab goes, I second the flashcard idea. I've been using Anki, but I really prefer physical flashcards. My favorite thing is to buy several packs of 100 index cards (blank on both sides, not lined) from the grocery store. If you don't know a card, do not put it at the back of the deck. Put it near the front, behind the next three or four cards, or wherever you think is best. The more comfortable you get with a word, the further towards the back you can put it.

If you're too stretched for time to do this or it sounds like too much work, just take a piece of paper and make a list of words giving you problems. Look over the list again and again. Put a mark next to the ones that are especially troublesome so you'll know to focus particularly on those.

Use mnemonics for at least the worst ones. I'm learning Portuguese. I remember that "ant" is "formiga" because I very vividly picture an ant walking across a Formica counter top. To make a mnemonic stick better, attach an emotion to it. If I didn't like ants, maybe I could imagine my disgust at discovering an ant on the Formica. I happen to like ants, so instead I'm worried that someone might smash the ant if they see it on the Formica. It's important that the image be vivid, even cartoonish if it helps you visualize. The mnemonic doesn't have to be perfect in every way (I have to remember that formiga has a g instead of a c), but it gets me close enough. Instead of being totally lost, I'm at least in the area.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/moogy
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Please remember that the Duo test goes to a pretty high level ,covering the future and conditional as well as their compound tenses.It also covers the present and imperfect subjunctive. My understanding is that 101 classes are introductory courses (excuse my ignorance if I'm wrong as I'm English and our systems are different) .Therefore they may not go as far as the Duo Tree. If this is the case the score of 2.03 may be a good enough standard to get through. Try Newsinslowspanish for listening practice or Euronews on Youtube -both have transcripts of the audio . Concentrate on learning general vocab rather than specialised terms - words you can use in most essays and prepare a set of general sentences to use as a framework for your answers. Good Luck !!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/suzumie

so where would you suggest me drawing an endpoint on this tree thing for Spanish 101 and 102 also I made notecards just have yet to look over them because I've been so focused on this, also any suggestions still on how to get Spanish subtitles on dish tv?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/moogy
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Here's some lingots for another attempt at the test when you've done some more practice !!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Salxandra
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I agree with moogy. Compare the syllabus to the duolingo tree.

In general, I think of the third checkpoint as corresponding to finishing Spanish 102. It looks like you're right at that point. So, you're probably good to go.

I would recommend confirming that you have indeed covered all of the material you need to test out of Spanish 101 and 102, and then, spend your time until the test, reviewing this material. You may want to add some supplemental material to expand your vocabulary. But, Duolingo has research showing that is very good for helping pass college foreign language placement tests.

There are also many college placement tests available on the internet. Take a couple to see where your scores are ending up.

http://testing.wisc.edu/centerpages/spanishtest.html http://www.napavalley.edu/Academics/LADS/SpanishTesting/Pages/default.aspx http://cornellcollege.edu/spanish/practests/ http://nso.unm.edu/resources/foreign-language-placement-exams.html (I've actually taken this one. It was very helpful, and the test is well-constructed. Although I'm somewhat partial as I graduated from UNM)

P.S. Let us know how you did

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/suzumie

the person I called to set the test day and time just told me to do this and would not help me out any further, my high school syllabus is very vague does not really help in any indication. I was thinking of calling again hoping I get someone else on the phone this time and they can be more helpful..

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Salxandra
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If this is for high school, then,... (caveat: in the USA) Typically, FOUR years of high school Spanish correlates to TWO years of college Spanish. So, Spanish 101 and Spanish 102 in college is the first year of study which equates to the first TWO years of high school Spanish.

The full Duolingo tree "equates" to TWO years of college Spanish and FOUR years of high school Spanish.

(P.S. Duolingo lacks much of the material that is included in a school course. It must be supplemented if you want to have the same level of proficiency. However, from what I heard Duolingo does prepare someone well for the courses. )

Simply, is your Spanish 101 and 102 one or two years of your high school Spanish?

If it's only one year of your high school Spanish, then you've likely covered double the material that you need.

If it's both years of Spanish, then, you should be very close to what you need for your test.

Take one of the college placement tests. I recommend the UNM one. Remind yourself that you're only a high school student. And, see where you score. Keep in mind that you only need, at most, "entry into Spanish 201".

I know I'm blabbing a lot, but essentially, with your Duolingo tree, for most schools, you would be fine at this point by just reviewing the material that you've covered.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/suzumie

Spanish 101 is Spanish 1 and Spanish 102 is Spanish 2 each one is one year of Spanish so I just need to test out of those two and i'll be fine hopefully. Also I'm not a high school student I'm a pre-vet student and first generation in my family to be in college so no one told me back when I was a senior in high school that I could test out, and no one told me in college that I could as well till I found out recently. Then I was told you could only test out during finals time and I just found out this fall semester I can pick what day and time I want too so yeah >.< I'm in the dark a lot Q^Q

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Salxandra
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If you're after two years of college Spanish equivalency, you may, indeed, need the full Duolingo tree.

But, I would imagine if you can even get one year of Spanish credited that will be a great help.

Good Luck.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/suzumie

I tested out of Spanish 101 and 102 I hit my goal!! ^_^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/moogy
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Check the syllabus for the course or your course notes to see how much you are expected to know.Also at this stage Duo may not be the best tool to be using as I can see from your tree you're only half way down the tree ( This makes your score of 2.03 a lot more impressive considering you haven't completed the tree yet). Try some of the courses on Memrise for example http://www.memrise.com/course/121155/no-typing-advanced-spanish/

or Quizlet

http://quizlet.com/3172392/common-regular-verbs-flash-cards/

There are many sets for all levels of Spanish on both these sites and unlike Duo you can go in at any level .Also you can see where you are making mistakes and rectify them.

Sorry but I can't help with the subtitle issue -

Good Luck

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sakasiru
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Well, the test surely helped you to see where you still have some weaknesses. So I guess you should proceed throgh the tree and focus on the lessons where you have the most problems.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sommerlied
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No need to be scared. Just start at a comfortable point and work your way down the tree. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/suzumie

i tried the test on here and now it's like I can't pass anything after it and anyone know how to have Spanish subtitles on dish tv?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Phobic
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I don't have the faintest idea, but if you can watch video on the internet, try googling "noticias espanol video". Most major news networks have at least some videos online in multiple languages. I looked at univision.com and was able to turn on closed captions in Spanish on a Spanish-language video. If you wanted English with Spanish subtitles, searching for "subtitulos en espaƱol documentales" turned up a number of interesting results.

ETA: Best of luck. No matter what happens, I hope you feel better and less stressed.

4 years ago