The Spanish Subject Test is a great way to highlight your knowledge of Spanish and demonstrate your interest in the Spanish language during the college-admission process.
Plus, it could give you a head start in college by allowing you to fulfill basic language competency requirements or place out of introductory-level Spanish courses.
To prepare, you may want to work with a Spanish tutor and prepare the test together with some Spanish tutoring sessions.
Here are some examples of lists of vocabulary words that you could learn in order to advance on your SAT Subject Test studying. They are pretty basic.
|el aeropuerto||airport||panaderia||pastry shop|
|el banco||bank||la farmácia||pharmacy|
|la playa||beach||la estación de la policía||police station|
|el café||cafe||los correos||post office|
|la iglesia||church||la piscina||pool|
|la fábrica||factory||el restaurante||restaurant|
|el gardín||garden||la escuela||school|
|almacén||grocery store||el estadio||stadium|
|la hospital||hospital||la estación del tren||train station|
|la biblioteca||library||pasillo de ciudad||town hall|
|el cine||movie theater||parque zoológico||zoo|
|la officina||office||el intercambio de modernidad||currency exchange|
|la ciudad||city||las aduanas||customs|
|la renta||the rent||la entrada||entrance|
|el impuesto||tax||el salido||exit|
|la cuesta||the cost||la información||information|
|el précio||price||pagar||to pay|
|la cuenta||bill||comprar||to buy|
|la estimación||estimate||vender||to sell|
|el cheque||check||costar||to cost|
|el cheque de viajar||travelers check||alquiler||to rent|
|el passaporte||passport||depositar||to deposit|
|en avión||by airplane||motor||engine|
|en bicicleta||by bicycle||llanta||wheel|
|en barco||by boat||mapa||map|
|en bus||by bus||los direcciones||directions|
|en automovíl||by car||acelerar||to accelerate|
|a pie||on foot||retardarse||to break|
|en ciclomotor||by moped||parar||to stop|
|en motocicleta||by motorcycle||ir||to go|
|en subterráneo||by subway||dar vuelta a la izqierda||turn left|
|en taxi||by taxi||dar vuelta a la derecha||turn right|
|en tren||by train||ir derecho||go straight|
It’s important to know how to say words like “casa” “jardin” “puerta” and “garaje,” which are all related to the home.
House and Furniture (Casa y Muebles)
|la casa||house||la mesa||table|
|el apartamento||apartment||la silla||chair|
|la sala||living room||escritorio||desk|
|cuarto de cenar||dining room||el puerto||door|
|la pila||sink||la refrijedora||refrigerator|
|la ventana||window||la basura||garbage|
|el ángel||angel||el judaismo||Judaism|
|el bautismo||baptism||el monasterio||monastery|
|la biblia||Bible||el Pápa||Pope|
|el obispo||bishop||la profeta||prophet|
|el buddismo||Buddhism||el protestante||Protestant|
|el catedral||cathedral||la religión||religion|
|el cristianismo||Christianity||el sermón||sermon|
|la iglesia||church||el templo||temple|
|la fe||faith||cantar||to sing|
|el Diós||God||adorar||to worship|
|el cielo||heaven||orar||to pray|
|el infierno||hell||arrepentirse||to repent (reflexive)|
A Spanish dictionary will always help you get ahead on the Spanish SAT Subject Test.
No sense in just repeating words mindlessly! You want to understand the word you are learning. So make sure to look at it in a sentence or a paragraph.
Make sure you listen to those words being spoken aloud so that you don’t start memorizing the wrong pronunciation. It’s essential you do this quick because pronunciations stick and you could find yourself repeating something wrong over and over again.
Speaking of repeating, make sure that you repeat over and over again in order to really let the words sink in to your memory.
Make sure you take a look at the article. The article makes a big difference in Spanish. You need to know whether the word is masculine or feminine, also.
It is always good to enunciate words when learning them. Get a feel for them by saying them out loud, and preferably to a native speaker so they can maybe correct you if need be.
There are a few factors to consider as you decide when to take the test. You should have at least two years of strong preparation in the language, but the more the better.
It’s recommended that you take the Spanish test as close to the end of the most advanced Spanish class that you plan to take, while still balancing college admission and placement requirements. You’re likely not to do as well if you take the test after you haven’t been in a Spanish class for several months.
Is it necessary to be bilingual in order to pass the Spanish SAT Subject test? Hopefully not. The exam is there to assess your ability for comprehension and expression.
Can studying the language abroad help? Yes and no. If you plan to leave during the Easter holidays, you may as well say that it is too late knowing that the test is so soon! However, if it’s during the summer before senior year in high school, it could definitely be worth it. Speaking Spanish in real life will make you feel more comfortable once you sit down in front of the SAT Subject Test.
Keep it simple. No need to mess with convoluted sentences. You risk getting confused and/or appearing presumptuous. You should probably also avoid humor, which could mean you will be misunderstood.
What if your jokes were totally misunderstood by a Spanish person? Wouldn’t you feel irked…
The Spanish test includes reading only — you read in Spanish and answer multiple-choice questions. The Spanish with Listening test given only in November also includes a listening portion — you listen in Spanish and answer multiple-choice questions. Although students report feeling more anxious about the listening portion, they also tend to do better on that part of the test. Plus, many colleges indicate the Spanish with Listening test gives them a fuller picture of your ability and may be more useful for placement purposes.
The language used on the test is taken from pieces written and dialogue spoken by those who use Spanish in their everyday lives. Words or sayings specific to certain geographic areas (e.g., Mexico or Spain) will not be used on the test. If you’ve had at least two years of strong preparation in the language, then you should be able to understand the Spanish on the test.
No matter how you acquired your knowledge of Spanish, it’s important to show colleges what you know. Bilingual (or multilingual) abilities are achievements that deserve to be highlighted. Your test will be scored the same way as that of someone who learned Spanish in the classroom only. If you’ve been exposed to a lot of spoken Spanish, then you should definitely consider taking the Spanish with Listening test.
If you’ll be using these results to fulfill a college-admission requirement, you should be aware that different colleges have different policies regarding Subject Tests in foreign languages. You should check with the colleges that you’re interested in about their policies and seek guidance from your counselor or teacher on your specific situation.
Please note that this test reflects what is commonly taught in high school. Due to differences in high school classes, it’s likely that most students will find questions on topics they’re not familiar with. This is nothing to worry about. You do not have to get every question correct to receive the highest score (800) for the test. Many students do well despite not having studied every topic covered.