Presentation on theme: "Preparing for the AP Spanish Language Exam"— Presentation transcript:
1 Preparing for the AP Spanish Language Exam Content and tips for success
2 Exam Format Section I: Multiple Choice + Listening 20 % questions – min.Dialogues, short and long narratives+ Reading 30% questions – min.Fiction and non fiction, articles, short essaysIdentify and summarize pointsMake inferences and predictionsRecognize cultural elements
3 Multiple choice section General facts and tips Each question leads directly to the correct choiceIncorrect choices may be plausible, but not possibleThere are 4 choices for each questionA right answer receives 1 pointA blank answer receives a 0A wrong answer receives a 0When not sure of the right answer,eliminate as many choices as possible,then take an educated guess.- Do NOT leave questions unanswered.
4 Tips for the listening section (20%) Find your best listening modeOpen/closed eyes, scan choices, note takingFor practice, listen to authentic sourcese.g., Radio Naciones Unidas, BBC MundoFor practice, break down selections in segmentsCome up with a question for each segmentJot down key concepts when appropriateNames of people, places and dates should be notedTake notes on longer narrativesSeparate main ideas from detailsDon’t worry about isolated words you can’t understand
5 Tips for the reading section – Passages (30%) Apply all test-taking techniques as you would for other standardized testsPassage title may give clues to the restYou can move within the section, you can read and answer in any orderIt is a “timed game,” you may tackle first passages that you find easierPay attention to factual info: who, what, where, when, why, howLook for main and secondary ideas, inferencesOne question may deal with the insertion of a sentence somewhere in the passagePractice timed reading comprehension with a classmate
6 Free-response Section: Part A – Writing Writing tasksInterpersonal writing (10%)message, postcard, note, journal entryWrite for 10 minutesPresentational writing (20%)Integration of reading, listening and writingRead TWO documentsListen to ONE related source / recordingRespond to a written prompt – WRITE for 40 minutes
7 Tips for interpersonal writing Follow instructions carefully, so you address every aspect of the promptThis is informal, but not to the extent of using q for que, or lol !Use appropriate register, e.g. familiar form if addressing a friend or classmateMake sure you have control over all elementary structures, gender and numberPractice by writing in the different informal venues and settingsAsk your teacher for the corresponding “rubrics,” they will help you improve your writing
8 Tips for presentational writing This is similar to a document-based question (DBQ)For the reading and listening aspects of the task, follow previous recommendationsYou have to use the THREE sources in your answerSynthesis of sources, comparison and/or contrast, should be included in your essayHave a thesis statement based on the ideas contained in the sources and support your thesis making references to the sourcesHave a concluding paragraphAgain, apply whatever you have learned about essay writing or DBQs when preparing for other standardized testsAsk your teacher for the question’s “rubrics”Use appropriate transition words, and make sure you have control over all basic grammar and vocabularyLearn to time yourself by practicing in test-taking situations
9 Free-response section: Part B - Speaking Interpersonal speakingSimulated conversation (10%)5 or 6 response prompts, 20 seconds eachPresentational speaking (10%)Integrated skills:One audio source, one written documentOne prompt, 2 minutes to respond
10 Tips for interpersonal speaking – Simulated Conversation Follow instructions carefully, so you address every aspect of the promptUse appropriate register, e.g. familiar form if addressing a friend or classmateMake sure you have control over all elementary structures, subject-verb agreement, etc.Your speech should be natural, with varied vocabulary; use idioms only if appropriatePractice speaking in a testing situation similar to the “real thing,” recording and evaluating your responsesSpeak for the whole 20 seconds allowed for each response, correcting yourself if necessaryFill pauses with words like “bueno… pues… a ver… entonces…”Ask your teacher for the corresponding “rubrics;” they will help you improve your informal speaking skills
11 Tips for presentational speaking – Formal Oral Presentation For the reading and listening aspects of the task, follow previous recommendationsYou have to use both the written and audio source in your answerUse info from sources to present a synthesis and express an opinionThesis, support from sources, and conclusion, all in the TWO MINUTES you have to speak, is no easy task. Practice!Listen to sample responses available to your teacher, so together with the “rubrics” you can better learn what is expectedDon’t know a word? Go around it and keep goingSpeak while thinking in Spanish, do not translate from EnglishUse appropriate transition words, and make sure you have control over all basic grammar and vocabularySpeak for the full time allowed and correct yourself if necessaryLearn to time yourself by practicing in test-taking situations
12 Concluding CommentsIn order to succeed, you have to listen to Spanish, read Spanish, write Spanish, speak Spanish. No other way.Make sure that you have practiced the exam “logistics” enough so that on exam day you can focus on preparing your answers rather than on listening to instructions.Technical problems should be addressed during the exam administration. For example, ask for a replay of any portion of listening inaudible due to malfunction or unexpected interruptions. ETS, the test maker, is very understanding of these situations.It is a long test. Make sure you know what you can bring and not to bring, the break provided, etc. The idea is to minimize extemporaneous issues and concentrate on acing the test!BUENA SUERTE
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