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The student I worked with passed the CLEP on the
first shot with a grade above minimum passing and a
94 on the NYS Regents. This book is highly recommended.
There are 3 lengthy exams which you should complete.

The front of the text has a lot of good stuff on the

o adjectives and adverbs
o present indicative, preterite, imperfect and conditional
tense structures
o present participle, reflexive pronouns, the infinitive
and subjunctive etc.

The CLEP exam is a bit different from the NYS-Regents in
Spanish. The Regents is more conversational. On CLEP,
you must understand the grammar COLD ! There is no
getting around a thorough understanding of the language.
Remember that colleges will be waiving credit based upon
your performance on this exam. Some colleges may require
that you submit a writing sample in Spanish after you pass
the CLEP exam.

Overall, the book is an excellent acquisition. Passing the
CLEP can be worth thousands of dollars toward the college
degree. In addition, colleges view the CLEP as prima facie
evidence that you can do college work.

Dr. Joseph S. Maresca
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on January 15, 2010
I used this book and passed my spanish CLEP exam, so I can't complain too much. I agree closely with the reviewer who said "Fair But Full of Errors." The most useful part of the book are the practice tests and the quizzes for different grammar review areas. It was easy and quick to run through all the review sections and do all the review problems in between taking the practice tests. My practice test scores went up a little (but not a lot) after going through all the review material. The scoring of the practice tests seemed a bit strange to me--you could loose 30 of 130 points and still get a "perfect" 80, which doesn't seem realistic to me (and my actual test score was lower than my practice test scores). It was frustrating, however, to find quite blatant errors in the book and really misleading or poorly worded explanations. Of course this is written as review for people who should already know spanish, but nonetheless, quite a few times it had me shaking my head in confusion or anger, only to look it up in a normal spanish book and find it clearly and simply explained.

For example, one practice question went something like: "El ladron fue (muerto/matado) por el policía." After having paragraphs of useless information explaining all the other questions whose answers were obvious, the answer key only says something like: "The correct answer is "muerto" because muerto is the past participle for matar in the passive." Confused, I looked up matar and morir in every dictionary that I have, and it's always matar-matado, morir-muerto. What gives? Well, I finally went onto a couple online grammar forums, and this is apparently a subtle grammar exception for this particular word, and even native speakers have trouble explaining it except to say that they agree that either you use muerto for matar in the passive and only in the passive, or you avoid the whole issue by using asesinado. Digging deeper, I found that the real answer possibly has to do with an antiquated use of the word morir as a transitive verb, which happens to have its vestiges left in the passive tense only. Mabye every dope already knows this, but I think the the book should have used a couple more sentences to explain this, or it should not have used such an unusual exception in their quiz. In a book where there are so many mistakes, I initially took this bad explanation as a flat-out error.

The practice tests for the reading part were very similar to the actual test, if not slightly harder, which is the way to err on a practice test. The listening portion, however, was WAY harder than the actual test. In fact, I personally found the listening portion of the practice test very disheartening because it went so fast and used such advanced topcics that I simply could not keep the topics and all their details straight in my head (you only get to listen once). The real test, however, stuck to very simple subjects and had relatively easy-to-remember questions and quick answers. The only thing difficult about the real CLEP test is that the volume was much too low and the quality was really scratchy, so it was difficult in that regard. Luckily, I brought my own earphones to the test because if I hadn't, the cheap, test-supplied earphones would have been insufficient to hear anything.

I found out, much too late, that Peterson's offers practice tests online--you can even get them free through some library websites. The Peterson's reading comprehension tests were ever so slightly simpler than the CLEP exam tests, which is a slight disadvantage, but the listening portion was right on target! After I did a couple practice tests on the Peterson's website, I was feeling much more better about myself and more confident about the test. And it left me praying that the real test would be more like Peterson's than the REA book. And it was, in the listening portion anyway.
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on March 24, 2016
I bought this prep book in college because I wanted to take the CLEP test. While I never did take the test, this book helped me to review my Spanish knowledge. It is definitely a helpful tool if you are a little rusty. I cannot review how well it would prepare you for the actual test as I did not take it.
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on August 25, 2011
If you are planning on taking the Spanish CLEP, then you definitely need to purchase this book. I used it as my main text studying for the CLEP. I will say the sections could be organized better. Sometimes I felt the content was random. Nevertheless, the practice tests make it invaluable. I just took my CLEP test today and passed! My official score on the real test was an average of my score on the practice tests from this book. I didn't even complete the whole book either. I maybe studied half the book and just focused on expanding my vocabulary once I had the basics down.

I also highly recommend a verb book, such as Barrons 501 Spanish verbs. I also studied out of this book to get a strong verb base and study the conjugation of the most common verbs.

Together these resources are a recipe for success!
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on March 7, 2013
I had to teach myself Spanish so that I could pass the CLEP test and earn just enough college credits to receive an associate's degree. Of all the material I was able to get my hands on (internet lessons, Spanish class text books, etc.), this book was the most concise and efficient thing I've ever seen. The audio CDs were extremely helpful as well.

Thanks to this book I earned a bunch of credits from the CLEP and got my associates and saved thousands of dollars in tuition money.
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on May 15, 2012
The book is in excellent condition and arrived very quickly. It comes with 2 CD'S. It is well written. The book explains how the CLEP tests are given in detail. It gives test-taking tips. It breaks it down into a 6 week schedule, and has 3 full practice exams.
It covers everything from the alphabet, verb tenses, compound tenses, subjective-uses, etc. It also has practice drills.
I have just started to use it, but I feel 99% sure this book will be my ticket to saving $$$ on taking my last class in Spanish to receive my undergraduate degree. I can never seem to take this class because I am a non-traditional student (working, older, single mom.) I have already "walked the stage last week" and just need to CLEP this to receive my diploma. I have always been happy with Amazon!
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on November 7, 2015
Great material, and helpful so far. I'm still studying in preparation of taking the Spanish CLEP. I just wish the lesson plans and chapters were a little different. Learning the alphabet and vocabulary first is most helpful for me; then sentence structure and grammar. Overall though the book lays out a plan for you to study in 6 weeks, which can be condensed into 3 which is great! I will add on to the review after I have taken the test.
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on August 1, 2016
The book was fine and in good shape. However, the CLEP test includes a difficult oral section, and this book did not include the required CD's for taking this part of the practice tests. In the end, there was only one practice test for the oral section of the tests instead of three. This is insufficient for doing well on this section of the test.
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on January 4, 2010
I needed to take the Spanish CLEP exam. Growing up in Miami, I am somewhat fluent in Spanish, but was worried about the exam. I got the flu the week before my exam was scheduled, so I actually had only two days to study! The book and the CD (only one is included with the book, not two) helped me tremendously. I passed the exam and earned the six credits in foreign language I need to graduate. If you're an English-speaking native looking to take the exam without at least some Spanish background basics, I wouldn't suggest the book; however, for those of you beyond basic Spanish, this is the book to get.
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on February 27, 2012
This book provided a great review of most aspects of the Spanish language and grammar, though it was not quite detailed enough to use by itself to prepare for the CLEP exam. I would definitely suggest buying this book as well as a more in-depth Spanish language book. This one is worth getting for the sole reason of the auditory practice exams provided. It is much different to hear Spanish than to read it, and the CD gives you great comprehension practice.
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