Spanish A-level exams test a student’s knowledge of the Spanish language. The examination tests skill levels in speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension. To achieve the best results, the first step in test preparation is to make sure that you have taken and passed the appropriate courses with sufficient marks. If you have done poorly or just average in the requisite courses, you may not be adequately prepared for taking the Spanish A-level.
A-level courses are generally based on preparation for the culminating exam, so coursework should be taken seriously. Use the exercises and tasks in class to prepare yourself for the various requirements of the examination. Many students attend a test preparatory course in addition to A-level courses, and these can often be found by searching online or through your educational institution. In addition, your educational institution may provide tutors or working groups that meet regularly and focus on A-level exam preparations.
The first section of the examination tests speaking abilities. During this section, you must give an oral presentation on a topic relating to a Spanish speaking country. The best way to prepare for a presentation is practicing your public speaking skills. Run through your presentation numerous times on your own and with your friends, family, or a mentor as your audience.
After the presentation, there will be a discussion with the examiner. At this point, you should be prepared to discuss the country or region on which you have presented information, but also be able to delve deeper into the subject throughout the discussion. Examinees must be able to respond to questions from the examiner as well as initiate discussion and conversation on their own. To better prepare yourself for this section, read a variety of resources on your chosen topic including news articles, history, and current and past culture pieces.
The second component of the Spanish A-level focuses on reading and writing. Candidates will be required to answer questions based on several passages of text. Normally, several previous Spanish A-level exams will be provided for guidance. Take a look at the questions asked on earlier exams and practice responding with clear, complete, and grammatically correct responses.
A third section requires an essay of approximately 250 to 400 words. The topic will be chosen from a designated list. Prepare yourself by regularly practicing your Spanish writing skills and continually adding words to your Spanish vocabulary. If possible, review your writing with an instructor, tutor, or peer to improve and perfect your grammar and style.
The final section of the Spanish A-level exam focuses on comprehension. Examinees must answer questions corresponding to several texts. Candidates should respond in a clear and precise manner and focus on the topic, themes, and issues presented in each text. The best way to prepare is to read and converse in Spanish as much as possible. Again, continually expanding your vocabulary will be helpful.
Once you have completed your examination, it is possible to resit a particularly difficult section. If you are unhappy with how your results were graded, it is possible to request a review. Consult your instructor or educational institution for questions regarding reviewing your examinations.