SAT II SPANISH SCORES





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Discus: SAT/ACT Tests and Test Preparation: June 2004 Archive: SAT II SPANISH SCORES
By Sns22022 (Sns22022) on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 03:57 pm: Edit

Woo that was harsh. 520. But I got a 720 writing and 750 math. Should I go ahead and send my SAT to Duke or should I just send the 32 ACT.

By Sns22022 (Sns22022) on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 04:02 pm: Edit

anyone take it?

By Cmg_Ridley (Cmg_Ridley) on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 04:06 pm: Edit

i got a 720, kind of disappointed, but it's pretty good. i took us history and writing i got a 700 on history and a 670 on writing, which i'll retake

By Sns22022 (Sns22022) on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 04:11 pm: Edit

I would give anything for a 720. I'm like, sitting in my room bawling my eyes out right now. I kind of expected it, but then again I kind of expected to atleast break 600 because I studied so much.

By Willywonka (Willywonka) on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 04:15 pm: Edit

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I got a 650. By far my worst SAT II score. I got 800 on writing and 800 on us history, so I'm satisfied, but still kind of disappointed with Spanish.

Glory Be, I was just looking at Status and noticed a 650 is 55th percentile. Wow. Ouch.

By Sns22022 (Sns22022) on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 04:27 pm: Edit

Be glad you arent mehh!

By Pistolpete (Pistolpete) on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 04:49 pm: Edit

Sns, go with the 32 ACT. It's the same as a 1480 SAT.

By Jangel86 (Jangel86) on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 04:55 pm: Edit

I got a 650 too... and I studied a ton... definitely my lowest score, out of all of the 1's and II's

I was gonna minor in Spanish too.

By Sns22022 (Sns22022) on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 09:39 pm: Edit

Yeah that's exactly what I decided to do after a long night of driving and ice cream. lol. My friend got in on just her ACT, so I think thats the way its gonna be. There just isn't enough time to retake.

By Thegumby (Thegumby) on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 09:40 pm: Edit

When I took the Spanish SAT II in May I got a 780 and it was only 88%.... Does that mean loads of native speakers take it or something?

By Jangel86 (Jangel86) on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 10:07 pm: Edit

Yeah, thats the problem with all of the language tests. A big percentage of the test takers are native speakers, which throws off the curve and kills the percentiles. I mean, for chinese, an 800 is only 62%. How crazy is that?

By Sns22022 (Sns22022) on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 10:18 pm: Edit

Jeesh. Yeah I heard that it was just the listening one thats really loaded with natives, so I took reading only but yeah. Oh well. I t didn't go that great anyway. In case anyone cares...big 520 is the 25th percentile! Haha...I'm kind of laughing at this entire thing now.

By Smartaleck123 (Smartaleck123) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 09:57 am: Edit

for those who scored 750+ on SATII Spanish.. what book do you recommend?

By Etsrep78328 (Etsrep78328) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 10:00 am: Edit

Yo recomendo que tu estudies mucho.

By Smartaleck123 (Smartaleck123) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 10:08 am: Edit

pero que libro "ETS" rep?

By Etsrep78328 (Etsrep78328) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 10:11 am: Edit

I highly recommend that you look over the .pdf files for the Spanish SAT II on www.collegeboard.com in addition to Real SAT II Subject Tests.

Pretend as if the Spanish SAT II is the verbal section of the SAT I (only it's in Spanish of course). Continue reading and speaking in Spanish, and the more fluent you become, the better you will be able to comprehend the language and excel on the SAT II Spanish.

By Pistolpete (Pistolpete) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 10:26 am: Edit

Smartaleck-I'd also recommend the Real SAT II Subject Tests. Try reading online Spanish newspapers, too.

By Smartaleck123 (Smartaleck123) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 10:31 am: Edit

pero que libro "ETS" rep?

By Smartaleck123 (Smartaleck123) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 10:31 am: Edit

haha double post. sorry

By Sns22022 (Sns22022) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 10:34 am: Edit

I used Barrons, and exhausted their tests getting between 600-700 on most of them. I'm thinking I was just feeling really apathetic towards the end of the session. I think that took away about 100 points. :(

By Jangel86 (Jangel86) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 11:54 am: Edit

I used Princeton Review and got a 680 and 730 on the 2 practice tests I took, but only ended up with a 650. I think I was maybe a little too anxious to get out of there or something.

By Encomium (Encomium) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 12:07 pm: Edit

I'm studying in Spain for 5 weeks this summer. I'm guessing that's good prep for SAT II Spanish :)

By Sns22022 (Sns22022) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 01:21 pm: Edit

Haha. Certainly. Yeah I took it last, so I think no matter what test I took I would have done poorly. Maybe not as poor as this...but w/e. I kinda think its funny now. lol.

By Smartaleck123 (Smartaleck123) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 01:39 pm: Edit

ETSRep, on CollegeBoard.com.. the pdf file is only like 2 pages worth of Spanish.. by the way.. lol Ill definitely look at at it though... but i'm looking more for a book, like Barrons for example, to help me out. Has any1 had success with Barrons? (I'm looking to get 750+ on Spanish in November)

By Sns22022 (Sns22022) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 04:32 pm: Edit

Barrons has a really comprehensive review, and the tests seemed really representative of the real thing. BUT I can't say my story was a successful one.

By Smartaleck123 (Smartaleck123) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 04:40 pm: Edit

i'm sorry to hear that.. but why exactly do you think you didn't do so well? I'm assuming it wasn't cuz of the Barrons book...

By Mattlord (Mattlord) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 06:46 pm: Edit

"Yo recomendo que tu estudiES mucho."

last time i checked, estudiar was an -ar verb ;)

By Willywonka (Willywonka) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 06:56 pm: Edit

"last time i checked, estudiar was an -ar verb ;)"

However, because of the uncertain nature of a sentence recommending that someone does something, the present subjunctive must be used. When conjugating this form, you must change AR verbs to end as if they were ER/IR verbs and vice-versa.

By Kewlkiwi102 (Kewlkiwi102) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 07:04 pm: Edit

"Yo recomendo que tu estudies mucho."
Recomendo? really?
i dont know what spanish class you took ETS, but as far as I know recomendar has a stem change and should be conjugated Recomiendo in the first person present indicative.
Lol Espanglish much?

By Conker (Conker) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 08:03 pm: Edit

"for those who scored 750+ on SATII Spanish.. what book do you recommend?"

They wouldn't recommend any book because they're probably native Spanish speakers. I have a feeling that all the SAT II language test curves are thrown off by the native speakers who take them. The Chinese and Korean tests by far are the worst offenders, and not far behind them are the Japanese and Spanish tests.

By Willywonka (Willywonka) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 08:58 pm: Edit

I'm kind of miffed about all the native speakers taking the test. Why would colleges even look at their scores on them? Do they? Isn't that like giving us the most basic english test possible? I don't know, it's just really weird to me.

By Pistolpete (Pistolpete) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 09:14 pm: Edit

"They wouldn't recommend any book because they're probably native Spanish speakers."

Yeah...you'd be surprised how many of us speak Spanish in Vermont ;P

But seriously, it would be interesting to know how many native speakers take the test.

By Sns22022 (Sns22022) on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 09:41 pm: Edit

Smartaleck- I think part of the reason I didn't break 600 was because it was my last test and I just went through it like a lazy ass. I didn't really care...ya know? Then of course there was some vocab I didn't know, but the big problem was just my mentality. Barrons was definitely a good prep book, in my opinion.

By Smartaleck123 (Smartaleck123) on Saturday, June 19, 2004 - 12:15 am: Edit

now i'm scared to take this test cuz of the curve and how all the native speakers mess up the curve for every1 else..

And I was reading posts of some people who were in Honors Spanish, or AP Spanish... almost fluent.. and got a 650 or something

Is there any way to guarantee a 750+ on this test? it seems like no1 does well except the native speakers? does any1 have any other advice? it would be greatly appreciated... gracias

By Pistolpete (Pistolpete) on Saturday, June 19, 2004 - 12:35 am: Edit

I've taken 5 semesters of Spanish. To give you a little perspective, we took a mini practice test in Spanish IV during the first semester of junior year and I scored a 660 or something. In the second semester, I took Spanish V, and then spent 5 weeks in the summer working for the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation in San Jose. We spoke a lot of Spanish, but it wasn't a real Spanish immersion or anything (I was around other Americans a lot, and we spoke English with each other). I didn't really get to be fluent like I'd hoped. But I did try to do a fair amount of reading from Costa Rican newspapers, and I think that helped a good deal. I got back to the States in early August and did very little to prepare until about a week before the October administration. I scored a 770.

To get a 750+ you don't have to be fluent, but you've got to have a relatively strong grasp on vocabulary and conjugation. Like I've said, take practice tests and read books/newspapers in Spanish. Another suggestion: this isn't very efficient, but if you're freaking out, just read a Spanish-English dictionary this summer. Also, try to be around people who speak Spanish as much as possible.

Hope you find something useful in there.

By Cmg_Ridley (Cmg_Ridley) on Saturday, June 19, 2004 - 01:02 am: Edit

i don't think i got more than 4 wrong, but i was still thinking 750+, instead i got a 720. the curve is definitely harsh because of native speakers because a 720 is the 71st percentile. i guess i'll find out the number i got wrong when the scores come back in the mail.

By Jackiec (Jackiec) on Saturday, June 19, 2004 - 03:02 am: Edit

i scored an 800 and i am definitely NOT a native speaker. i'm full Chinese and actually learned Chinese before any language...but I was born and raised here in Cali.

I barely even touched my prep book. and I've never even been to Mexico or Spain or any Spanish speaking country. If you've got the time, I recommend watching Spanish soap operas. I've been watchin 'em for 2 and a half years now and they really help me pick up different grammar usage and a much wider range of vocabulary than I could have ever gotten out of my classes. I never studied for a Spanish test either..pulled the highest grade in my class. seriously..if you've got the time, watch soap operas, movies dubbed in Spanish...just immerse yourself in the language.

but you know..soap operas. I'm a sappy girl..I love the drama and romance. I don't know how the guys would fare with the "Mariana, te amo...y te amare siempre..mi amor mi vida" kinda stuff. hahaha.

By Jackiec (Jackiec) on Saturday, June 19, 2004 - 03:04 am: Edit

oh..and an 800 is only in the 94th percentile. so eh.

By Sns22022 (Sns22022) on Saturday, June 19, 2004 - 11:15 am: Edit

Percentiles on the SAT IIs just suck. I look at my 750 on the IIC and get excited but than I see 76th percentile and its like "ooh, ok." I think people need to stop doing so well:-p

By Smartaleck123 (Smartaleck123) on Saturday, June 19, 2004 - 12:05 pm: Edit

Before I buy the Spanish SATII Barrons book, I would like this questioned answered.... this is for those of you that actually USED the Barrons book to prepare for the test. Does the book have a conversion chart.. that converts raw score to actual score out of 800?! cuz the Math IIC Barrons book didn't have the conversion.... it really pissed me off, leaving me to guess what my score might be. Thank you!

By Cmg_Ridley (Cmg_Ridley) on Saturday, June 19, 2004 - 02:12 pm: Edit

kaplan's book had no conversion chart, i don't know about barron's

By Sns22022 (Sns22022) on Saturday, June 19, 2004 - 03:48 pm: Edit

It doesn't have an exact conversion chart which kind of annoyed me. Although it does give you a "600-650" range sort of thing.

By Smartaleck123 (Smartaleck123) on Saturday, June 19, 2004 - 08:33 pm: Edit

sounds good... thank you!

By Banana1216 (Banana1216) on Sunday, June 20, 2004 - 12:54 pm: Edit

I'm a non-native Spanish speaker- 760 on the SAT IIs. I've never studied abroad and am in a pretty standard Span. 4 Honors class. You really can't learn Spanish from a book, you have to dip into real-life stuff. Listen to the radio in Spanish, read Spanish magazines like People en Español, Latina, and Thalía, and watch TV in Spanish. Try to listen when people speak Spanish and see what you can understand. Practice tests are good I guess, I never took one. One more thing, just trust yourself. Chances are your brain has heard a word or term used correctly, but you are trying to do rationalize the answer to yourself and go by the rules...just go with your instincts. Good luck to everyone taking it in the fall.


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