All education students with a major or minor in Spanish (or bilingual education) are required to pass three proficiency exams—the oral proficiency exam, the grammar exam and the composition exam.
The Spanish proficiency exams are offered four times during the school year—twice in the fall and twice in the spring. Sign up at least two weeks in advance. The dates for the OPI/OPIc, grammar and composition exams will be announced in the weekly Spanish department newsletter, Enlace.
In order to be approved to student teach you must pass all three exams one year prior to starting your student teacher internship. If this requirement is not met, you must make a formal appeal to the department to be allowed to student teach. Download the appeal form here.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have not completed all portions of the proficiency requirements by the time you graduate, you will not be certified to teach Spanish. You will, however, be allowed to retake any exam portion you have not passed within five years after graduation in order to add the Spanish endorsement to your teaching certificate at that time.
The oral proficiency exam
The grammar and composition exams
Education students must also pass a grammar and a composition exam. These exams are usually offered on the same week as the OPI/OPIc, but the written exams are on a Saturday and the OPI/OPIc is offered on a week day. The same sign up deadlines apply. The cost for these exams is $20 for one or $25 for both. (The first time you take it, however, it is free.) You may re-take these exams as many times as necessary. These exams are graded within the Calvin Spanish department.
It is important to know that doing excellent work in Spanish 301 and 302 will be to your advantage. There are certain portions of the 301 and 302 final exams that can count for the proficiency exam if they meet the criteria. These portions have to be rerated by two professors to determine the level achieved. The semester following your completion of Spanish 302 you will receive a notification from the Spanish Department with your scores for grammar and composition (providing that you have filled out the BLUE sheet from your Spanish advisor).
In order to pass you need to attain the following scores: