Spanish and Portuguese Reading Exams for Graduate Students

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Portuguese Graduate Reading Exam

  • This proficiency exam is designed for students not enrolled in the Portuguese graduate program of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.
  • Dictionary reading: one 500-word text from the student's department (supplied by the student's faculty advisor) and one 250-word text supplied by the examiner.
  • Use of a dictionary is permitted.
  • Time: 1 hour for 500-word text, and a 1/2 hour for the 250-word text.
  • Requirements: Bring your OSU I.D. (or driver's license) with you to the exam. 
  • For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Lúcia Costigan, 246 Hagerty Hall, phone: (614) 292-0833.

Spanish Graduate Reading Exam

Overview

The Graduate Reading Proficiency Exam in Spanish is designed to allow graduate students to demonstrate reading proficiency in Spanish in their area of specialization. The exam is for students not enrolled in the Spanish graduate program of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. It is offered once in Autumn, Spring semesters and consists of the translation of a 500-word and a 250-word passage from secondary sources, typically scholarly journals, in the candidate's area of study. Candidates will have two hours to complete the translation and may use a dictionary.
A 500 word reading passage in Spanish is provided by the student's department (either the advisor or the Graduate Studies Chair). One 250 word text in Spanish is supplied by the examiner. The exam is graded on a pass/non-pass basis by the SPPO Testing Coordinator. Use of a dictionary is permitted.

Procedure

The application to take the proficiency examination consists of two parts. You must register for the exam with Dr. Richard Henricksen. Then, you must contact your advisor or department chair and have him/her submit the 500 word passage to Dr. Richard Henricksen by the deadline listed below. This is a written exam so you should bring your pencils/pens and a Spanish-English dictionary of your choice. Pocket dictionaries are not recommended.

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           SPRING 2020

 

Deadline to apply

Thursday, March 19, 2020

 

Deadline for advisor to submit passage

Thursday, March 19, 2020

 

Exam

Thursday, March 26, 2020

 

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The exam takes place in Hagerty Hall room 277 from 1:30-3:30 PM. 

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The Department of Spanish and Portuguese does not offer a Spanish Language in Translation course. If you have had previous courses in Spanish you may choose to take the MultiCAT placement exam to obtain a quick evaluation of your reading skills. If you place beyond Spanish 1103 it is possible that your language reading requirement may be met. Please check with your department's language requirements as each department's policies vary. You may also use our free tutoring services offered in our Teaching and Learning Centers (TLC) or take our elementary/intermediate courses for an audit or credit to prepare for the exam. Contact Dr. Richard Henricksen if you wish to set up an appointment to discuss these options.