By Julia S. | November 27, 2011
Before getting to the SLRPE, I have some other things write about that are more applicable to the general public:
YES, I jumped in Mirror Lake for Beat M!ch!g@n Week.
YES, it was awesome (and cold).
YES, I do have a radical picture to prove it!
I’m the I. :D
And YES, I am aware that we lost to M!ch!g@n, but considering that we’ve still beat them 7 times since 2003 I am as proud as ever to be a Buckeye. Although, I’d be proud to be a Buckeye even if we didn’t have that winning streak ^_^. And for the record, it was a pretty fantastic game! We will be back with a vengeance! And now, I can focus on what I know will be a stellar basketball season… gotta love Aaron Craft!
On to the main topic of this post: I took and passed the SLRPE! The Spanish Listening and Reading Proficiency Exam, that is. And yes, it is pronounced “slurpee.” It’s very official-sounding.
For anyone wishing to take upper level Spanish classes (401 and up), a score of least an 80% percent on both the reading and listening sections of the SLRPE is required. You are eligible to take this test while enrolled in Spanish 104H or 250. To my knowledge, Spanish is the only foreign language at OSU that involves this sort of test. As a Spanish major, passing this test was a priority for me, even more so because I happen to be taking not just 1, but 3 upper level Spanish classes in winter quarter (yikes!). If you don’t pass it, you do have a chance to retake it five weeks in to the next quarter. After that, a third test can be petitioned as well.
For the reading part of the test, you have 30 minutes to read a story in Spanish and take notes on it before the story is taken away from you. Then, using your ½ sheet of notes, you summarize what you read as thoroughly as possible in English. For the listening section, you listen to a Spanish audio clip a few times that is several minutes in length. Once again, you then summarize it in English using your notes. It’s relatively straightforward, but it felt daunting nevertheless. However, I ended up passing both sections with full points! It felt nice to do well, but the real test will come when I actually have to take my upper level classes this winter.
Rude Awakening: I’m honestly going to miss Ohio State like crazy over winter break! I’m excited to go home and see my family, friends, and doggies, but I will miss Columbus too—not just my OSU friends, but our beautiful campus. It really does feel like home! :(
Pleasant Surprise: After going to all the OSU home games and watching the away games on TV as well, I can say that I officially understand football! I know my 2 point conversions, my penalty hand signals, my touchbacks, etc! I’m no expert, but it feels nice to finally be a girl in the know!
In firm friendship,
Julia Rose S.
Photo belongs to Megan Van Almsick (the second ‘O’ :D)
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