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Study: I used the free guide from ETS. I also asked my friends who had already taken the test. If you speak Spanish you should know the answers, though there are some grammar questions that you need to review, such as the personal "a." History and literature (includin theatre) you need to review important names: heroes, authors, et. You must be familiar not only with latin american events but Spanish too.
Test: The test was fair. Not surprises. Remember to review literature and history.
Study: I used my old workbooks from my university courses, and I used the free test resource on the state's website. These worked very well, but I would research authors of Spanish literature and Spanish/Latin American history more.
Test: It was harder than expected, but it wasn't bad. In the listening part, I would read the question and answers before the speaker on the CD player began, then try to listen for the correct answer in the narration.
Study: Practice test online at Texs Teachers. I would recommend buying a study guide.
Test: About as difficult as I expected. I would tell someone not to stress out too much. No tricks or hints.
Study: Study literature writers like; Isabel Allende, Sandra Cisneros, Pablo Dario, Garcia Marquez - know exactly which book they wrote and what it's about. Know basic history of each Latin country, especially Spain. Buy the book ExCET for Spanish 6 - 12. It was very helpful.
Test: Buy the study guide. The study guide is harder than the actual test.
Study: The only part I found difficult was the section on authors and the works of literature. It been a few years and I had trouble recalling them. I would say there about 10 questions or less on this. Other than that, in the oral sections, I wrote myself a note or wrote the whole statement down on the first reading. The oral questions are read twice. That way I could go back when I was reviewing and make sure I had them right. If you are not fluent and a fast writer I suggest you only listen but read the question first so you’ll know what you are looking for. Other than that expect what you would see in a Spanish I or II class, verbs, tenses, and noun agreements. There are also interpretation passage questions, so reading comprehension is important. Overall the test was easy if you are fluent if you have Spanish as a second language I see it as much difficult and a reviewing is definitely necessary. This test is a you know it or you don't test. Hope this helps :)
Test: Good Luck!
Study: I would study Hispanic and Spanish authors and their works more. There were about 20 questions on authors and other cultural items like geography and history.
Test: It was easier than I expected, except for the author part.
Study: Studied the state prep manual online.
Test: Keep studying! This test had blogging and the newest technology gimmicks that are not even mentioned in the test prep material.
Study: The state preparation guide served well for a general outline, however, I could not find detailed study guides anywhere. In order to study for this test I looked through the state list of objectives and sample questions and identified which areas I felt comfortable with and which I did not. Although I did use school materials to cover all areas on the test, I made sure to give special attention to those areas with which I had the most trouble.
Test: Harder in some areas than others for me. I had trouble with the history and literature sections. During my study sessions, I found my textbooks and wikipedia very useful.
Study: Preparation manuals online.
Test: Take your time and get a native speaker friend to practice with you so you get used to the accent.
Study: I used the free guide from ETS. It was okay but short. I also used a book from Xamonline. It was good because it helped me study more in detail but there were a lot of typos and even some incorrect information. Also, the format of the questions on the sample exam are different (and more difficult) than the actual exam. Tip: Review literature.
Test: Some of the "cultural" questions were difficult because they were very specific - names, dates, geography, titles of works, etc. Review literature, literary movements and geography.
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