Exit Exam Guide

This assessment exam for Spanish is a newly required exit exam for Spanish majors as described in program guidelines by the California Department of Education, and by national guidelines of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages. 

All majors in future semesters will be required to take the Spanish Exit Exam at the end of their major to demonstrate their retention of key concepts and facts in the areas of grammar, linguistics, culture, and literary analysis. The exam is a combination of objective questions (multiple choice, matching) and essay questions that require clear and coherent analysis of language, culture, and literature. For this reason, we suggest that students retain their class notes, textbooks, exams, essays, and other course materials in order to review and prepare for the exam.

All Spanish Pre-Credential majors must pass this exam with a65%, which allows them to graduate with the Spanish B.A. (Option for Pre-Credential) and show Subject Matter Competency in order to enter into a credential program. This is a requirement of the State of California.

General Spanish Majors are also required to take the exam as part of Spanish 497, but those who entered the program prior to Fall 2006 will only be responsible for taking the exam, not receiving a particular grade. General Spanish Majors who enter CSUC in F06 or after will be responsible for passing the exam. 

If you have any questions, please contact the instructor of your 497 course to verify his/her requirements for taking the exam. 

Study Guide for the Spanish Exit Exam

DOMAIN I. Grammar: 

Review the first ten chapters of the book Repase y Escriba (used for 104A/301), focusing on major grammar points rather than groups of vocabulary, etc.  Think of areas like ser and estar, por and para, the subjunctive, imperfect versus preterit, accents, etc.

DOMAIN II: Linguistics

(You will be given a choice between the following options):

For students who have taken Span 320: General Linguistics

You must be prepared to analyze different words and separate them into their morphological constituents and to identify their syntactical function (i.e., Noun, Adj, Adv, etc).  Other questions in General Linguistics may refer to an analysis of the phonological, morphological and lexical aspects of Spanish from a specific region identified on the exam.

For students who have taken Span 321: Phonology

You must be prepared to show your knowledge of place or manner of articulation of Spanish allophones.   Another possibility would be to discuss specific dialectical processes and which regions are associated with these processes.

DOMAIN III Literary analysis:

  • Major literary and cultural movements - There will be a series of multiple choice questions on the major literary movements in Spain and Latin America (Romanticismo, Barroco, Boom, Realismo, etc.).  You will be asked to select from a list of possibilities the answer with the most correct elements of the literary movements.  The introductions to each major section of the book Aproximaciones a la literature hispánica are a good source for these.
  • Analysis of literature - You will be given a short excerpt of a very famous text from one of the major literary movements of Spain or Latin America and will be asked the following: En un ensayo de 8 a 10 oraciones, identifique a que movimiento literario pertenece el siguiente texto. Explique como la historia, la sociedad y la cultura de aquella época influyeron en el texto. Explique también como los textos de este movimiento literario influyeron en la sociedad y cultura de su época.
  • Identification of rhetorical, literary and poetic techniques.  You will be given a short well-known poem and then asked to identify rhetorical and poetic devices, meter, rhyme, etc. in a short essay of 8-10 sentences.  You will also interpret why the author used those devices in her/his poem.  See again the introductions to the poetry section of your 105A or B Textbook (Especially useful is the introduction to Aproximaciones al Estudio de la Literatura Hispánica). 

DOMAIN IV: Spanish and Latin American Culture and Civilization: Comparisons and Analysis

These will be multiple choice questions similar to those you would find on exams for Span 130/331 and Span 150/332. Review your exams and textbooks and focus on major figures, art, literatures, architecture, culture, etc.  Suggested books to review: Latinoamárica: Presente y Pasado by Fox and España y su civilización by Ugarte, Ugarte and McNerney.  Other similar texts from your classes will provide valid informational sources.

You also will be asked to write a brief essay interpreting Latin American and Spanish culture.  For example discussing how the political, religious, social, economic, and educational systems and institutions in nations and cultures have been shaped by and have influenced the development and evolution of the target cultures (e.g., traditions, social conventions, social relationships, and social status).  Or possibly, Demonstrate an understanding of how cultural practices exemplify cultural perspectives. For example: rituals and traditions, social institutions such as marriage and family, holidays and festivals, how stereotypes function, how elements like art, architecture, literature, technology, etc. exemplify cultural perspectives.