University placement test equivalency...
I'm just wondering if anybody has an idea what level most American universities test for. I'm currently B1, half way through duolingo program (and took a few years of spanish in high school).
I need to place out of four semesters of spanish. I'm wondering what level a second year spanish student is at and if it is realistic to place out of all four.
Do some Googling and check out CLEP tests. You can get a CLEP Spanish book at Barnes & Noble or Amazon and take a pre-test. How well you score will determine how many semesters you can test out of. Also, many US universities have a placement on-line that you can take, too. To test out of four semesters of US uni Spanish I think you'll need to supplement Duo, but you have a few years of high school Spanish, which will help. If you are currently B1 I think it is very possible to test out of four semesters, but I would not really only on Duo.
Thank you! I'll give it a shot. I also am watching spanish tv and youtube videos. Namely Don Cheto and the second language show "Extra". If I don't place where I want, I will have to wait another year to take it... which may be a blessing, as it should give me time to really get a stronger grasp on the language. I also think it's possible, as I finished half the tree in a week. As a Biochemistry major, I really need to focus on the Calculus's, so any class I don't have to take will help me graduate on time.
Also, what do you think B1 is equivalent to as a semester? If I were to guess it'd be A1=first semester, A2=second semester etc. Would you feel that's accurate? Thanks!
Duolingo makes the claim that the course covers 1 semester of university Spanish. But, I've read from other folks that they tested out of the whole first year after using Duolingo. But, the official line is 1 semester. https://www.duolingo.com/effectiveness-study
Some universities offer placement tests online and free of charge. See if you can take it to get a baseline, and if they'll let you retake it later.
Duo's claim is that 34 hours of study will advance a person one semester. If a person begins at an advanced level, or spends more than 34 hours, they can advance further, Duo says. The content of the tree covers a great deal more than is covered in first semester Spanish at a US University. I was a participant the study cited, and I advanced from 2nd to 3rd semester.
Awesome... do you know of a university in particular that does? Mine doesn't, they seem to have their own testing. I do wonder if the UNC system is a bit different, because I read someone placed out of two of the four classes using Duolingo with our school system. Perhaps they are a little more relaxed on it
Southern Oregon University has an online placement test. However, I don't know if non-enrolled students can take it, or if you can use your score there to bypass your own school's language requirements. You can pay so the credits show up on your transcripts (the same amount you would pay to have taken the course, I believe.) There are other complications though, such as SOU doesn't use a semester system.
No harm in checking it out though. :)
but basically it is not realistic at all to test out of all four semesters, like at all.
Really? I've read that some users have placed out of an entire year by only completing half of the tree. Oh well, it's best to have realistic expectations and if something really nice happens like I place out of 3 or 4, then good.