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the prompt will contain specific tasks, such as “ask for clarification, “answer questions,” or “respond with details.” Some sections will contain two tasks. This is the most important thing to address during the exercise. Complete tasks immediately, and then fill the rest of the time with details. It is often helpful to check off the tasks as you complete them. If you do not complete all the indicated tasks, you will not receive credit for that answer. 2. Know your instructions The instructions for this section will always be the same, so you don’t need to listen to them! Use the time while they are being read to start glancing over the prompt and thinking about your possible responses. 3. Know your audience When you look at the prompt, identify whether you should use tú or Usted immediately. This may seem like a simple distinction, but it can really hurt you if you address a future employer or a teacher as Usted. As soon as you read the person’s title or role, jot down which form of address you will use at the top of the page. 4. Take notes briefly Obviously, until the conversation begins you won’t be able to answer questions or come up with responses. However, there are a couple of tricks you can keep up your sleeve. Write down key words or phrases that might go along with each task, what verb tenses you think you might be using, or whether you should be using the subjunctive.
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How to Tackle AP Spanish Language Informal Speaking Cont. 87 Interested in an Albert license? E-mail us at [email protected] For example, if one of the tasks asks for your opinion, you should write down “subjunctive” and maybe phrases like, “Me parece que” or “No creo que.” If the task is to make plans, you could write “Es posible que” or “Quiero que.” Don’t try to write full sentences; instead think of key words that might be helpful. The prompts will be somewhat open-ended, so be creative and go with what feels natural! 5. Fill up your time The worst thing to have in your AP Spanish language informal speaking answers is silence. You only have twenty seconds to speak – that’s not a long time. Even if you repeat yourself a little, keep talking! Add some more details if you can, or ask more questions. It’s okay if you get cut off, as long as you have completed the tasks. 6. Use context clues You’re not going to understand every word of every prompt. Instead, pay close attention to questions and focus on the words you do understand. These will give you context clues and key words. When in doubt, make an educated guess based on the task for that section, and the main idea of the prompt. 7. Self-correct There’s no way to proofread a conversation, except as you go. Making mistakes or misspeaking is inevitable – and it’s completely normal in conversation. AP graders aren’t looking for perfection, they’re looking for communication. If you catch yourself making a mistake, just correct yourself! It’s simple. For example, if you say, “Hoy está viernes, lo siento, hoy es viernes…” and then continue, you will be fine.
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