Upper & Lower Level Spanish - Credit by Exam

Starting in September, the Credit by Exam in Spanish will be offered on a rolling basis in Blackboard. The students interested in taking this exam should first contact either:

The CBE (Spanish) will be offered on these days from 5 am to 10 am:

Fall 2020

  1. Sept 3rd and 17th
  2. Oct 1st, 15th, 29th
  3. Nov 5th, 19th
  4. Dec 3rd

Remember to email either Professor Riva or Professor Magnetti if you are interested to take the exam 72 hours prior to the desired date. We will inform you if your request has been approved. Once you are approved, please register here for your preferred time slot to take the exam. 

Important Information

Students enrolled at the U of A before Fall 2017

Students with native and near-native Spanish proficiency may take a fast track exam to earn credit for up to nine hours of Spanish credit for the following courses: SPAN 3003, SPAN 3033, and SPAN 4003. To qualify for the fast track exam, students must demonstrate native or near-native proficiency prior to taking the exam. The qualification is based primarily on the linguistic skills of the student, not their ethnicity or nationality. The exam cannot be repeated. Credit is earned based on test score:

  • Students scoring 80% or more in the exam will receive credit for SPAN 3003, 3033, and 4003.
  • Students scoring 70-79% in the exam will receive credit for SPAN 3003 and 3033.
  • A score of 69% or lower receives no credit.

Students first enrolled at the U of A on Fall 2017 and thereafter

In order to comply with university policy, effective Fall 2017, new and transferring Native and Heritage Spanish speakers may earn up to 6 credit hours by taking a shorter advanced “Fast Track” Spanish exam. To qualify for this fast track exam, students must demonstrate native or near-native proficiency prior to taking the exam. The qualification is based primarily on the linguistic skills of the student, not their ethnicity or nationality. The exam cannot be repeated. Credit is earned based on test score:

  • Students scoring 80% or more in the exam will receive credit for SPAN 3003 and 3033.
  • A score of 79% or below receives no credit.

The exam is on Friday, April 24th, 2020. Since the CBE will be offered online, it will be available the entire day until midnight and you can take it from any location. Keep in mind that we will use our UofA blackboard platform and that it is required to download and install the “Respondus Lockdown Browser" before taking the exam. This software also provides the additional proctoring method that we use for the exam: the Respondus Monitor Webcam. For this reason, your computer or device must have a webcam. Follow the link provided below to download and install this software in the computer or device that you will use to take the exam:

https://tips.uark.edu/lockdown-student-quickstart/

Since your preregistration has been approved, you have access to our section-platform called “Credit by Exam” listed with the rest of your courses in blackboard. However, the exam will not be available until the 8th at midnight.

Before taking the exam on April 24th, you are required to take a short quiz ("system check required before taking the exam") (one question) in the platform using the “Respondus Lockdown Browser (& Monitor Webcam) with the same computer or device that you will use on the day of the exam. This will allow us to verify that your equipment is ready for April 24th.

Please read the attached instructions related to our section-platform so that you learn how to navigate in it to be able to take the “short quiz” and later the exam.

PREPARING FOR THE EXAM

The exam will assess your Spanish skills in a variety of ways, including fill in the blank grammar questions, reading comprehension exercises, and short writing exercises.

Attention Native and Heritage Speakers: you may not be familiar with the names of the grammatical structures, so make sure you know them before the exam: subjuntivo, imperfecto, infinitive, etc.

Before the exam, you must review the following topics:

*Difference between the imperfect and the preterite.

*Uses of the present, future, and conditional.

*Uses of the subjunctive.

*Uses of the infinitive and the gerund in Spanish.

*Accent marks.

*Spelling differences in English-Spanish cognate words (immigration, psychology, governor, etc.)

Materials:

For a grammar review, consult any advanced grammar book and/or see the following links: http://www.indiana.edu/~call/ejercicios.html http://roble.pntic.mec.es/~msanto1/ortografia/ http://www.colby.edu/~bknelson/SLC/index.php

Students enrolled at the U of A before Fall 2017: To receive credit for 3 courses, exam must be passed with 80% correct. To receive credit for 2 courses, exam must be passed with 70% correct.

Students first enrolled at the U of A on Fall 2017 and thereafter: Your exam is shorter. To receive credit for 2 courses, exam must be passed with 80% correct.

 They will be emailed by May 1st, 2020. Inquiries about results prior to that date will not be answered. ***Credits will count for May 2020 graduates*** 

 After you are notified that you passed the exam, you must complete the appropriate number of credit by exam forms (i.e. one for each course that you will be receiving credit for). The credit by exam form is in https://registrar.uark.edu/forms/index.php under: “Students Records” / “Credit by Exam”. Then, you can send them to Fernando Riva at riva@uark.edu in order to start the process with the WLLC chair and the registrar.

 Once you complete the credit by exam forms, they will be sent to the registrar, which will bill your account and update your transcripts.