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The Ultimate List of AP Spanish Language and Culture Tips Cont. 149 Interested in an Albert license? E-mail us at [email protected] Tips by AP Spanish Language Teachers School is out and you may think your AP Spanish teacher checks out for the summer. To the contrary, most scoring for AP Spanish Language and Culture exams is done by AP Spanish teachers themselves! What does this mean for you? Well, teachers return to their classrooms after the AP exam grading having seen both sides of the test: the students and the responses. They know what students tend to do and what graders do and do not want to see on the test. Here is some of their expert knowledge: 1. Do your best from the first day of class . Foreign language is complex and takes many months and years of steady practice and commitment. “I always tell my students, you should be putting your best foot forward from day 1 of class. You can’t cram for a language – fluency takes time. Put the time in throughout the semester(s) and you’ll be rewarded come exam time.” 2. 6 minutes? Use it! The experts back us up on this one! You have so much time for the speaking section so make sure you use that to your advantage. “When we grade the speaking section of the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam, we must listen to the entirety of each recording even if 3 of the 6 minutes are silent! I always encourage my students to use this to their advantage! Don’t babble, but practice forming coherent, oral arguments when we do our practice exams in class. 6 minutes is a lot of time, but with practice, it becomes easy to fill with well- formulated material in a foreign language.” 3. 6 pages? Don’t use it! And make sure to be concise with writing! Graders simply read too many essays every day to manage your six-page essay, so only write what you really want to say. This will help with time management issues as well.
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The Ultimate List of AP Spanish Language and Culture Tips Cont. 150 Interested in an Albert license? E-mail us at [email protected] “For the writing section of the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam, we grade upwards of 100 essays a day for multiple days in a row. Think that sounds tiring? It is. There is nothing worse than a long presentational writing component that carries on for pages without actually making a point. Sometimes they won’t even state a thesis. The test creators want to make sure that you have plenty of space to formulate your thoughts so they give you lots of pages. However, that rarely means that you need to fill out every single blank page. I have given out scores of 5 to essays that were only 2 pages.” 4. Save up your energy for the end. “The AP Spanish Language and Culture exam is notorious for its length and variety of content for which you must prepare: multiple choice, written, oral, etc. I think the most important advice that I give my students year after year is to not wear themselves out too much during the test.
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