Spanish with Writing Exam available Fall 2019
The Spanish with Writing exam measures listening, reading, and writing skills taught in most first-year and second-year college Spanish Language courses.
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The Spanish with Writing exam measures listening, reading, and writing skills taught in most first-year and second-year Spanish Language courses at the college level.
Material taught during the first two years is incorporated into a single exam, covering both Level-1 and Level-2 content. A test-taker's proficiency level is dependent on the test score.
The Spanish with Writing exam contains 100 multiple-choice questions to be answered in approximately 80 minutes and two writing tasks to be written in 30 minutes, for a total of approximately 110 minutes testing time.
- The listening section is approximately 27 minutes long.
- The amount of time you have to answer a question varies according to the section and doesn't include the time you spend listening to the test material.
- Timing begins after the section directions are dismissed.
- Volume can be changed by using the Volume testing tool.
- The audio portions of the listening sections are presented only once.
The reading section is approximately 50 minutes long.
The writing section includes two writing tasks that together are 30 minutes long.
- Task 1: Interpersonal writing—This writing task asks the student to write an e-mail to a friend, relative, or other acquaintance. The student has approximately 10 minutes to write the e-mail, and the response should contain at least 60 words.
- Task 2: Presentational writing—The second writing task asks the student to write a composition on a given topic. The student has approximately 20 minutes to write the composition, and the response should contain at least 100 words.
- Each writing task is scored based on the content and grammatical accuracy of the response.
Knowledge and Skills Required
The exam's subject matter is drawn from the following skills. The percentages next to the main topics indicate the approximate percentage of exam questions on that skill.
Section I (10%)
Listening comprehension through short oral exchanges
Section II (20%)
Listening: Dialogues and Narratives
Listening comprehension through longer spoken selections
Section III (45%)
13% Part A: Discrete sentences
(vocabulary and structure)
15% Part B: Short cloze passages
(vocabulary and structure)
17% Part C: Reading passages and authentic stimulus materials
Section IV (25%)
Most textbooks used in college-level Spanish language courses cover the topics in the above outline, but the approaches to certain topics and the emphases given to them may differ. To prepare for the CLEP Spanish with Writing exam, it's advisable to study one or more college textbooks, which can be found in most college bookstores.
Besides studying basic vocabulary, you should understand and be able to apply the grammatical principles that make up the language. To improve your reading comprehension, read passages from textbooks, short magazine or newspaper articles, or other Spanish-language materials of your choice. To improve your listening comprehension, look for chances to hear the language spoken by native speakers and to converse with native speakers. Take advantage of opportunities to join organizations with Spanish-speaking members, to attend Spanish movies, or to listen to Spanish-language television or radio broadcasts.
A survey conducted by CLEP found that the following textbooks are among those used by college faculty who teach the equivalent course. You can purchase one or more of these online or at your local college bookstore.
- Armen, Abriendo puertas: Lenguaje (McDougal Littell)
- Gill et al., En contacto (Heinle)
- Gilman et al., Nuevos horizontes (Wiley)
- Iglesias and Meiden, Spanish for Oral and Written Review (Heinle)
- Kiddle et al., Perspectivas (Heinle)
- Knorre et al., Puntos de partida (McGraw-Hill)
- Siskin et al., Entrevistas: An Introduction to Language and Culture (McGraw-Hill)
- Valdes and Teschner, Español escrito (Prentice Hall)
- Dozier and Iguiña, Manual de gramática: Grammar Reference for Students of Spanish (Heinle)
- Frances et al., Manual de gramática y ortografía para hispanos (Pearson)
- Gac-Artigas, Directo al grano (Prentice Hall)
These resources, compiled by the CLEP test development committee and staff members, may help you study for your exam. However, none of these sources are designed specifically to provide preparation for a CLEP exam. The College Board has no control over their content and can't vouch for their accuracy.
- Trent University: Spanish Language Exercises
- AP Spanish Language and Culture: Some of the materials covered in this AP course are also covered by the CLEP Spanish with Writing exam. CLEP test takers may use this course as a study resource for the knowledge and skills evaluated by the CLEP Spanish with Writing exam.
- Free online CLEP Spanish Language course offered by Modern States Education Alliance
Reponses to the exam's writing tasks are scored twice monthly by college Spanish faculty from throughout the country via an online scoring system. Each of the two writing tasks is scored independently by at least two different readers, and the scores are then combined.
The multiple-choice section score (75%) and writing score (25%) are then combined to yield the test taker’s exam score. The resulting combined score is reported as a single scaled score between 20 and 80. Separate scores aren't reported for the multiple-choice and writing sections.
Credit-Granting Score for Spanish Language
ACE Recommended Score*: 50
Semester Hours: 6
ACE Recommended Score*: 65
Semester Hours: 12
Each institution reserves the right to set its own credit-granting policy, which may differ from that of ACE. Contact your college as soon as possible to find out the score it requires to grant credit, the number of credit hours granted, and the course(s) that can be bypassed with a satisfactory score.
*The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated CLEP processes and procedures for developing, administering, and scoring the exams. The score listed above is equivalent to a grade of C in the corresponding course. The American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for the nation’s higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. Visit the ACE CREDIT website for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Spanish with Writing exam contains multiple-choice questions that measure interpretive language skills (Listening and Reading) and two writing tasks that measure interpersonal and presentational communication.
No. The Spanish with Writing exam will be offered in addition to the current Spanish Language exam. When the Spanish with Writing exam becomes available, students will have the option to take the Spanish Language exam OR the Spanish with Writing exam.
No. There will be no changes to the current Spanish Language exam. The CLEP Program is introducing a new separate exam called Spanish with Writing that includes a writing section and will be offered in addition to the current Spanish Language exam.
Although both exams are designed to measure knowledge and ability equivalent to that of students who have completed one to two years of college Spanish language study, the Spanish with Writing exam contains multiple-choice questions and a mandatory writing section while the Spanish Language exam only includes multiple-choice questions. The exams also differ with regard to:
- number of questions found on each exam
- Spanish Language, approximately 121 MC questions
- Spanish with Writing, 100 MC questions + two writing tasks
- how much time is given to complete each exam
- Spanish Language, approximately 90 mins
- Spanish with Writing, 110 mins
- percentage of questions focused on a particular subject matter
- Spanish Language
- 15% Section I: Listening: Rejoinders (short answer to a reply)
- 25% Section II: Listening: Dialogues and Narratives
- 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)
- Spanish with Writing
- 10% Section I: Listening: Rejoinders
- 20% Section II: Listening: Dialogues and Narratives
- 45% Section III: Reading
- 13% Part A: Discrete sentences
- 15% Part B: Short cloze passages
- 17% Part C: Reading passages and authentic stimulus materials (reading comprehension)
- 25% Section IV: Writing
- Writing: Interpersonal
- Writing: Presentational
- Spanish Language
The Spanish with Writing exam contains 100 multiple-choice questions and two writing tasks.
The Spanish with Writing exam measures the same skills as the Spanish Language exam—listening and reading skills taught in most first-year and second-year Spanish Language courses at the college level. In addition, writing skills are measured.
Students have 110 minutes to take the Spanish with Writing exam, 80 minutes for multiple choice questions and 30 minutes for two writing tasks.
The Spanish with Writing exam will be administered on a computer at over 2,000 CLEP test centers. Responses for the two mandatory writing tasks must also be typed into the computer.
There are no additional technical requirements for a test center to administer the Spanish with Writing exam. If your center already administers CLEP exams, you do not need to do anything additional for Spanish with Writing. The exam will be made available after a scheduled maintenance update in Fall 2019. The specific date will be shared closer to the exam launch in Fall 2019.
The Spanish with Writing exam will be available at all CLEP test centers in Fall 2019.
Yes. After the review by the American Council on Education (ACE) is completed in Spring 2019, the credit granting score recommendations will be published in the ACE National Guide. They will also be posted to the ACE Credit Recommendations page of the CLEP website and will also be included in the CLEP What Your Score Means document.
We will add Spanish with Writing exam information on the CLEP website in the Spring, as well as in a Spanish with Writing fact sheet and test information guide, both of which will be available at the end of Summer 2019.
Sample writing prompts for Spanish with Writing will be available on the exam fact sheet at the end of Summer 2019. In addition, students can find writing prompts by purchasing the 2020 CLEP Official Study Guide when it becomes available for purchase in July 2019. Students can also buy the individual 2020 Spanish with Writing Examination Guide, which includes the same information as the CLEP Official Study Guide, in Fall 2019.
Students can use the same practice resources recommended for the Spanish Language exam to study for the Spanish with Writing exam. The resources can be found on the Spanish Language exam page on the CLEP website. To prepare for writing tasks on the new exam, students can refer to the Spanish with Writing exam fact sheet, which will be available on the CLEP website at the end of Summer 2019. They can also purchase the 2020 CLEP Official Study Guide in July 2019 or the Spanish with Writing Examination Guide available in Fall 2019. However, students should not buy both study publications as they contain the same exam information and sample questions.
The Spanish with Writing compositions are scored twice monthly by college Spanish faculty from throughout the country via an online scoring system. Each of the two writing tasks is scored independently by two different readers, and the scores are then combined.
The multiple-choice section score (75%) and writing score (25%) are combined to yield the candidate’s exam score. The resulting combined score is reported as a single scaled score between 20 and 80. Separate scores are not reported for the multiple-choice and writing sections.
Students will receive Spanish with Writing scores online one to two weeks after testing by logging into My Account and clicking on My Exam Scores.
No. Spanish with Writing exam scores will only be made available online through My Account one to two weeks after testing.
If a student would like to send their score to an institution, they can choose one institution to receive their score at the time of registration. After testing, students can send an official transcript to an institution for a small fee by logging in to My Account.
As with other CLEP exams, CLEP score requirements for awarding credit vary from institution to institution. The College Board recommends that colleges refer to the standards set by the American Council on Education (ACE). ACE will provide its credit granting score recommendation for Spanish with Writing after its review of the exam in Spring 2019. To determine whether a student is eligible for credit, we recommend the student contact the appropriate department that determines credit granting scores for their institution.
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