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Spanish Language

Shorten Your Path to a College Degree

Are you fluent in Spanish? The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers you the opportunity to earn up to 12 college credits by passing the CLEP Spanish Language exam, saving time and money as you work towards your college degree. There are 2,900 colleges that will grant credit for a successful score on CLEP Spanish Language. Find out if your college grants credit for CLEP.

Description of the Examination

The Spanish Language examination is designed to measure knowledge and ability equivalent to that of students who have completed two to four semesters of college Spanish language study. The exam focuses on skills typically achieved from the end of the first year through the second year of college study; material taught during both years is incorporated into a single exam.

The examination contains approximately 120 questions to be answered in approximately 90 minutes. Some of these are pretest questions that will not be scored. There are three separately timed sections. The three sections are weighted so that each question contributes equally to the total score. Any time candidates spend on tutorials or providing personal information is in addition to the actual testing time.

There are two Listening sections and one Reading section. Each section has its own timing requirements.

  • The two Listening sections together are approximately 30 minutes in length. The amount of time candidates have to answer a question varies according to the section and does not include the time they spend listening to the test material.
  • The Reading section is 60 minutes in length.

Most colleges that award credit for the Spanish Language exam award either two or four semesters of credit, depending on the candidate's test scores.

Knowledge and Skills Required

Questions on the Spanish Language examination require candidates to comprehend written and spoken Spanish. The subject matter is drawn from the following abilities. The percentages next to the main topics indicate the approximate percentage of exam questions on that ability.

15%
Section I:
Listening: Rejoinders

Listening comprehension through short oral exchanges

25%
Section II:
Listening: Dialogues and Narratives

Listening comprehension through longer spoken selections

60%
Section III:
Reading

16% Part A: Discrete sentences (vocabulary and structure)
20% Part B: Short cloze passages (vocabulary and structure)
24% Part C: Reading passages and authentic stimulus materials (reading comprehension)

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