The students came to Rio Salado to take their College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) Spanish exam—one of 33 CLEP tests offered at the college. These exams assess subject matter proficiency and provide an opportunity for students to receive college credit with qualifying scores. Spanish CLEP test takers can earn up to 16 college credits.
“The majority of the students receive the maximum credits,” said Clendenen. “That’s due to the preparation and the hard work that we put in throughout the year to prepare for the test-- the listening dialogues, the reading comprehension activities. This is proof that they are bilingual, they’re bi-literate and they can handle college coursework.”
“From day one I tell them that they will learn the universally accepted Spanish language, which is Castilian, so there is a transition period, especially when they’re freshman,” said Clendenen.
Clenenden, who has been with Franklin for six years, arranged for 41 students to take the exam over the course of two days. He also helped the students organize fundraisers to help pay for the test. The students raised nearly $4,200 by hosting movie nights, car washes and selling refreshments.
“I’m just very happy that every student was fully funded to take the test this year and the results speak for themselves,” said Clendenen.
CLEP exams are one of several ways individuals can earn college credit for prior learning. Qualified candidates are also eligible to seek departmental credit by examination or evaluation.
There are also a variety of other exams administered by Rio Salado testing centers across the Valley, including the GED® test and discounted CompTIA certification exams.
For more details about credit for prior learning and testing services, visit www.riosalado.edu/testing or call 480-517-8560.
This story can also be found in the July 12 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.