Tips for the AP Spanish Exam

Teacher Tips For the AP Spanish Exam

The AP Spanish Exam is a big deal. Not only have your students been working hard all year for this moment, but really, they’ve been working hard for four years, or more! Students are trying to earn college credit, and it’s important! Here are my best tips for the AP Spanish Exam.

Have a Plan

The most important of my tips for the AP Spanish Exam is to have a plan. Ideally, you have been working in elements of the Exam all year long. But if you haven’t, now is the time to map things out.

Print out a paper calendar. Mark important days, like Spring Break, the day of the AP Spanish Exam, 1/2 days, field trips, etc. Once you know how many days you have to work with, you can really make a plan!

Practice the Open-Ended Sections

Each open-ended section has certain rules or elements that readers are looking for. Make sure you know what they are, and then make sure your students know them too! (If you need more info on this, at the end of this post I will include links to my posts specific to each open-ended section.)

On that planning calendar, mark out time to practice these. Teaching students to write the Argumentative Essay is the most time consuming. This can take several days.

Depending on your class time, you can probably get through 2 email replies in a 45 minute class, 3 simulated conversations and 3 cultural comparisons. (Assuming they already know the rules and how-to’s.) I suggest using your paper calendar to pencil in a day for emails, a day for cultural comparisons and a day for simulated conversations. For my students, repetition is key.

Tips For The AP Spanish Exam: Assign Graded Homework

Another of my good tips for the AP Spanish Exam is to assign homework and grade it. My students, especially since Covid, see homework as optional. Many do not do homework. But in this case, with college credit on the line, it’s really important.

Let students know you will be grading homework. Show them a sliding scale for how you will grade it. For example: if you start assigning practice test homework activities 4 weeks before the exam, the score they need to get a 10/10 might be lower than during week 2, and week 3 and week 4. The idea is that you want them to try hard but not get super frustrated. And with regular practice, the hope is that they will improve!

Homework is a great time to assign the MCQ questions. If you are lucky enough to have a practice workbook, create a packet for each week. We also have access to the College Board website which has lots of practices too!

Actively Teach Strategies

Another of my tips for the AP Spanish Exam is to be sure to model strategies to students. Again, pencil in time to do this! I know I said that MCQ makes great homework. But it’s also important to do some of those in class. Show students how to pre-read questions, underline important parts, like which one doesn’t…., to identify common types of questions or instructions, how to eliminate some choices, etc.

In my experience, some students know these things intuitively. But many do not. And as far as tips for the AP Spanish Exam go, teaching students these strategies can really help!

Pump Your Students Up!

When the day of the test arrives, your most important job is to increase their confidence! Teachers are not allowed to proctor the exam. But I always go into the testing room before 8am and I tape a 4 leaf clover to each desk. Each clover has their name written in it and a note of encouragement. (I just print an image from the internet!)

Yes, this is cheesy! But students are so nervous on this day. I want them to know I’m thinking about them and believe in them!


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