Before determining which CLEP Spanish exam a student should take, students should consult the department that is responsible for setting their institution’s CLEP credit policy to ensure the student will receive the credit they need for a qualifying score on either the Spanish Language or Spanish with Writing exam.
Once the student has confirmed their institution's credit policy, they should consider the knowledge and skills each exam measures and their own proficiency in each of the exam subject areas. If a student feels confident in their Spanish writing skills, they should review the Spanish with Writing exam writing prompts to determine whether they think they’d perform well on the exam. If so, the student should register for the Spanish with Writing exam. If the student does not feel comfortable writing an email or essay in Spanish, then perhaps the Spanish Language exam is more suited to their needs.