SOPI - SPAN 4000+


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Identification


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Instructions

This test allows you to demonstrate your ability to speak Spanish. There are several parts in the test. Directions for each part will be given in English. Listen carefully to the directions and answer in Spanish when you are asked to do so. Your answer will be recorded on tape, so it will be important for you to speak clearly enough and loudly enough for your voice to be properly recorded.

The test asks you to perform various speaking tasks which will range from easy to considerably more challenging. You are not expected to be able to answer all questions with equal facility. However, you should try to speak as much and as well as you can in Spanish in response to each question. During the test, you will be asked to imagine yourself in various Spanish-speaking countries. There is no need to try to accomodate your Spanish to the geographic location of the different questions.

The amount of time provided for your response will vary depending on the complexity of the question. Since the amount of time each examinee needs to respond also varies, feel free to stop talking when you feel you have given a complete response. Do not feel that you need to keep on talking until the alotted time is over. On the other hand, do not worry if you are occasionally interrupted by the next question before completing your answer.

There are no right or wrong answers on this test. The accuracy and completeness of your answers will not be evaluated. The sole purpose of this test is to allow you to demonstrate your ability to speak Spanish. Therefore, always say as much as you can, speak as well as you can, and show what you can do.


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Picture 1

Imagine that you are at your school’s Spanish club meeting one evening. Alberto, an exchange student from Córdoba, Spain, has brought along some pictures of his friends from home. These pictures are shown on the facing page. You want to ask Alberto some questions about these pictures to find out about his friends.
Picture 1

Imagine that you are at your school’s Spanish club meeting one evening. ALberto, an exchange student from Córdoba, Spain, has brought along some pictures of his friends from home. These pictures are shown on the facing page. You want to ask Alberto some questions about these pictures to find out about his friends.

Now look at Picture 1, which shows Alberto’s friend Carlos. Now ask Alberto one or more questions to find out more about Carlos. (15 sec)
Picture 1

Imagine that you are at your school’s Spanish club meeting one evening. Alberto, an exchange student from Córdoba, Spain, has brought along some pictures of his friends from home. These pictures are shown on the facing page. You want to ask Alberto some questions about these pictures to find out about his friends.

Now look at Picture 1, which shows Alberto’s friend Carlos. Now ask Alberto one or more questions to find out more about Carlos. (15 sec)
Now look at Picture 2, which shows Alberto’s school. Now ask Alberto one or more questions to find out more about his school. (15 sec)
Picture 1

Imagine that you are at your school’s Spanish club meeting one evening. Alberto, an exchange student from Córdoba, Spain, has brought along some pictures of his friends from home. These pictures are shown on the facing page. You want to ask Alberto some questions about these pictures to find out about his friends.

Now look at Picture 1, which shows Alberto’s friend Carlos. Now ask Alberto one or more questions to find out more about Carlos. (15 sec)
Now look at Picture 2, which shows Alberto’s school. Now ask Alberto one or more questions to find out more about his school. (15 sec)
Now look at Picture 3, which shows Alberto and his friends playing soccer. Now ask Alberto one or more questions to find out what kinds of activities he likes to do with his friends. (15 sec)
Picture 1

Imagine that you are at your school’s Spanish club meeting one evening. Alberto, an exchange student from Córdoba, Spain, has brought along some pictures of his friends from home. These pictures are shown on the facing page. You want to ask Alberto some questions about these pictures to find out about his friends.

Now look at Picture 1, which shows Alberto’s friend Carlos. Now ask Alberto one or more questions to find out more about Carlos. (15 sec)
Now look at Picture 2, which shows Alberto’s school. Now ask Alberto one or more questions to find out more about his school. (15 sec)
Now look at Picture 3, which shows Alberto and his friends playing soccer. Now ask Alberto one or more questions to find out what kinds of activities he likes to do with his friends. (15 sec)
Now look at Picture 4, which shows Alberto and his girlfriend Susana. Now ask Alberto one or more questions to find out more about her. (15 sec)
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Picture 2

Imagine that you are visiting friends in Ecuador. Your friends are talking about going to the beach. One of your friends, Pablo, asks you to describe the kinds of activities people usually do at the beach in the U.S. You may use the picture on the facing page or your own experience as a source of ideas. You will have fifteen seconds to prepare your answer. Then, after Pablo asks his question, you will have one minute and twenty seconds for your response. Remember to wait for Pablo’s question before you describe for him the kinds of activities people usually do at the beach.

(15 sec - preparation)
(1 min 20 sec - response)
Picture 3

Imagine that you are an exchange student in Costa Rica. You are leaving the post office one day when a woman stops to ask you how to get to the museum. You are familiar with the museum, which is not very far away. The dotted line on the map provided shows the route from the post office to the museum. You will have fifteen seconds to study the map. Then, after you hear the woman ask her question, you will have forty-five seconds for your answer. Study the map now and wait for the woman’s question before you explain to her how to get from the post office to the museum.

(15 sec - preparation)
(45 sec - response)
Listen to the Instructions.

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Picture 4

Daniel, a student from Peru, has recently arrived at your school. He asks you to tell him about the typical daily routine of a student in the United States. Using the series of pictures as a source of ideas, describe for Daniel the typical daily routine of a student in the U.S. You will have one minute and twenty seconds for your answer. Study the pictures now, and wait for Daniel’s question before you describe for him the typical daily routine of a student in the United States.

(15 sec - preparation)
(1 min 20 sec - response)
Picture 5

Eduardo, a friend of yours from Spain, has just finished telling you about an experience he had today while shopping for clothes. This reminds you of an amusing incident that happened to your friend Carmen last week when she bought a dress for a party. Eduardo asks you to tell him about what happened to Carmen. Based on the story shown in the pictures, recount for Eduardo exactly what happened to Carmen. You will have twenty seconds to prepare your answer. Then, after Eduardo asks his question, you will have one minute and ten seconds to tell him the whole story.

(20 sec - preparation)
(1 min 10 sec - response)
Listen to the Instructions

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Situation 1

Your Spanish teacher has invited a speaker to your class to talk about student life in her native country, Bolivia, and how students in Bolivia typically spend their weekends. After her talk, the speaker, Mrs. Marcos, is chatting informally with you. She asks you how normally spend your weekend. After Mrs. Marcos asks her question, tell her how you usually spend your weekend.

(15 sec - preparation)
(1 min - response)
Situation 2

Imagine that your family is hosting an exchange student from Mexico. The exchange student, Alma, tells you that she has a toothache, and asks you how to make an appointment to see a dentist. After Alma asks her question, explain to her how to make an appointment to see a dentist.

(15 sec - preparation)
(1 min - response)
Situation 3

Imagine that you are an exchange student in Venezuela and you are talking to your friends about various options for living arrangements. One of your friends says taht it's wise for students to live at home with their parents while attending college. Another thinks that it's important to live away from home. Your friend, Emilio, asks you what you think the advantages and disadvantages are of living away from home while attending college. After you hear emilio ask his question, state the advantages and disadvantages of living away from home while attending college.

(20 sec - preparation)
(1 min 15 sec - response)
Situation 4

While studying in Spain, you are discussing the American school year with your teacher, Mr. Campos. He remarks that some American schools have adopted a twelve-month school year in order to have more classroom time. Some people in the U.S., he states, argue that losing a long summer vacation will affect traditional sumer activities, including summer jobs. Mr. Campos asks you how you feel about the twelve-month school year and why you feel this way. After he asks you for your opinion, explain your position to him, giving clear reasons to support your views.

(30 sec - preparation)
(1 min 30 sec - response)
Situation 5

During a conversation you are having with Dr. Roca a visiting school administrator from Puerto Rico, the conversation turns to foreign language study in U.S. high schools. Dr. Roca asks you what you think the effects would be if high school students in the United States were required to study a foreign language throughout their high school years, so that every American student would make as much progress as possible in at least one foreign language. After Dr. Roca asks his question, tell him what you think the possible consequences might be if such a requirement were established.

(20 sec - preparation)
(1 min 20 sec - response)
Situation 6

You are participating in a language exchange program in Cali, Colombia. One day, you decide to go out on a short trip. Because the weather has been rainy, the daughter of your hosts, Norma, has lent you an umbrella. On your way home, you realize that you have lost the umbrella. When you return home, Norma asks you if you enjoyed your trip. She also asks if you had to use the umbrella. After you hear her question, tell her about the umbrella, apologize for losing it, and offer to replace it with another.

(15 sec - preparation)
(55 sec - response)
Situation 7

You are studying abroad in Madrid and are scheduled to go to Barcelona on an excursion for exchange students. Several days after you have paid the organizer, Mrs. Molina, for the trip, you discover that the trip conflicts with the date of your host sister's wedding. You have asked Mrs. Molina for a refund, but she is reluctant to give it t you. After she expresses her reluctance, convince her to refund your money.

(15 sec - preparation)
(1 min 5 sec - response)
Situation 8

Imagine that you are studying in Guatemala for the summer. You and other foreign students are meeting with r. Martínez, the foreign student advisor, to discuss plans for the foreign student group to serve as volunteers in a community project. Some students have suggested that the group help construct houses. Other stuents have suggested working in a local hospital. Still others suggest tutoring local school children in English. Dr. Martínez asks you what you think the group should do. After you hear Dr. Martínez ask her question, state a project that you feel should be done, giving valid and convincing reasons in defense of your proposal over the others. The project that you propose does not have to be one of the projects given above.

(20 sec - preparation)
(1 min 15 sec - response)
Situation 9

You are an exchange student in Chile. You have been asked to give a short talk to students about health and fitness in the United States, including eating and exercise habits. You are now in the auditorium and your talk is about to be introduced. After you hear the introduction, thank the group for the invitation and begin to discuss health and fitness in the United States, including eating and exercise habits. Note that you are NOT expected to give a complete talk in the time allotted. You only need to begin your talk and continue until the time is up.

(30 sec - preparation)
(1 min 40 sec - response)
Situation 10

During a conversation you are having with Dr. Roca a visiting school administrator from Puerto Rico, the conversation turns to foreign language study in U.S. high schools. Dr. Roca asks you what you think the effects would be if high school students in the United States were required to study a foreign language throughout their high school years, so that every American student would make as much progress as possible in at least one foreign language. After Dr. Roca asks his question, tell him what you think the possible consequences might be if such a requirement were established.

(20 sec - preparation)
(1 min 20 sec - response)
End of Exam

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