Passed my Spanish CLEP Test!
Today, I got up, worked out, and went in to take my Spanish equivalency exam (also known as CLEP). Of course, the test didn't work at first. The system crashed and had to be restarted before I could start. I am glad to say that even though it was stressful, I came out on top and scored a 55 of 80 (50 = 6 credit hours, 63 = 12 credit hours). I was so thrilled to find out I passed!
My plan is to take it again in 6 months and in the time between then, really work on listening and speaking more spanish because my weakest part was the listening comprehension section. Anyway, I wanted to post on here and let people know that Duolingo was a HUGE help in getting me this far. I will continue to use it to keep me fresh on vocabulary as well as other online tools.
If it seems hard now, just keep at it! I set out with the goal to CLEP Spanish and save some money and look what I accomplished! Thanks for all the encouragement along the way!
I'm planning on taking it sometime this year. I just got back from a trip to Spain in which I spoke nothing but Spanish for three weeks, so I think I'm ready. :)
Congrats. CLEP is the way to go, if one has some self-discipline. I CLEPped out of many courses during my academic career and saved a bunch of money - a bunch. :) A CLEP prep book and Duo should do the job in Spanish.
Congrats! Did you use a book as well? I am trying to do this for French and I plan on doing the tree and then a reverse tree. I'm very worried about the listening section because many of the exercises here are difficult to actually hear properly. What was the listening section like?
I did not use a book. I just did duolingo and a little bit of Memrise. That and trying to speak to people I could. I had a few people helping me and letting me know when I said things wrong and when I said things right. Once you get over the nervousness of speaking, it becomes easier to learn. The listening section was SUPER hard for me... thats probably why I didn't get 12 credit hours. I had the least experience with listening to full paragraphs in spanish so if you take the test, try listening to an audiobook or something, that might help. Regardless of difficulty, I think a huge part of language learning is about being able to distinguish words from another, try not to practice hearing words one at a time, but always in clumps, that will help you to be able to tell what it is when it is used in a sentence.
Hope that helps!
I've never heard of that site... I just poked around there and tried out several of their videos and the flashcards and I gotta say, that site's pretty sick! I think I'll definitely be signing up for that!
Thanks :) ... a lingot for you.
Congrats - Just out of interest how many videos are there on that site? I would join but I don't want to feel stiffed with just a handful of videos to choose from.
Taken from the header on their video page
"VIDEOS: Now playing 1097 videos totaling 62h 7m "
After tooling around with the videos and all the features, I'd say it'd still be a great choice to sign up if that header only read "now playing 100 videos totalling 6 hours" though.
Congratulations!!! So happy to hear success from this site, gives us all inspiration. I wish you the best of luck!