should I take AP spanish lang?
I can speak spanish and understand, but he problem is I can't write it and I have to write a 4 paragraph essay on the Ap test which I haven't achieved. I don't know what to do. What will the colleges say about my me not taking it? #college
I was in a similar situation. I can speak and read Spanish, but I write at an elementary level. I did not take the AP exam, instead, I took the college CLEP Spanish exam.
This exam is administered by your college (check to verify), and can be completed in 90 minutes. It is graded based on your ability. There is no written assessment, so this plays to your strengths. I walked out with 4 semesters (12 Spanish credits) in less than 2 hours. I strongly recommend this route unless you are planning to study a Spanish related topic. It will allow you to meet 100% of your language requirements.
The exam is usually $70-$90, which is significantly less costly than 12 university credits. If for some reason you don’t do well, the grade is not recorded anywhere. If you pass, you will have a “P” on your transcript, it will not impact your GPA.
Good luck, I hope this helps!
Sergio recommends the following next steps:
- Visit https://clep.collegeboard.org/world-languages/spanish-language
- Study the free practice exam
- Verify that your college accepts CLEP credit
- Schedule and take your exam
- If it works out for you, tell a friend and start studying for another CLEP to get your degree faster
Great question. In college, the usefulness of taking the AP Spanish exam depends on the major that you want to pursue in many institutions. For example, if you have plans in majoring in something related to language, Spanish culture, or translating per se, then it wouldn't hurt to prepare for the exam and give it a shot. Some universities do accept credits from AP language exams, some even up to 12 credits, which can go towards your major map. However, as a Biology major myself who took French/AP French for four years in high school, I chose not to take the AP French exam. I mainly didn't take it because, similar to your case, I wasn't ready. If I wanted the credits from the exam to count towards my major, it would've only applied as an elective credit. This is because my major doesn't have much to do with French or French culture.
In another case, regarding admissions to college, I wouldn't think that you would be declined admission to an institution just because you chose not to take the AP exam for a language you are familiar with. Colleges usually try to look at the overall picture of your application and academic journey and not be picky if you took a specific exam or not. Each institution is different of course but this is just a general statement.
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This ultimately means that before you graduate the college you'll take about 2 semesters ( depends on the college) of foreign language. Who knows! You may end up taking French, Japanese, or any other language that is offered if you're tired of learning Spanish. You will be okay if you don't take the exam.