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07/28/2020 at 09:18PM
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Language Proficiency Section on the CommonApp?

Hi, I am an incoming senior (US citizen) struggling a bit to fill in the common app. My first language is English so I obviously am proficient in that. I've taken spanish for 6 and soon 7 years now in middle and then high school and will be taking AP Spanish this coming school year as a senior. I do well in Spanish class (all A+'s) in writing and reading the best and basic speaking but I don't know if I should even put that down since I am not fluent whatsoever but do have more of a basic proficiency than someone in lower level spanish? To put in in perspective I probably would not be comfortable holding a college interview entirely in Spanish but could write essays in Spanish with the occasional dictionary. Please let me know what I should select! :)


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3 answers

07/28/2020 at 09:22PM

Hey, I can help! Do you mind telling me what the options you can choose from are? If it’s a level I would put you at maybe A2/B1 but if it’s more of a “basic/proficient/fluent” I would put conversational-proficient. If you can specify speaking vs writing I would also say fluent writing but conversational in speaking.

07/29/2020 at 01:28PM

This question is meant to help colleges build a more diverse class. If you can speak Spanish conversationally, I would include it, but since you mention that you wouldn't be comfortable doing a college interview in Spanish, you might consider leaving it out. Your other skills in Spanish (reading & writing) should be evident through your course grades, so there's no need to worry that you're under-representing your skills.

Hope this helps, and let me know if you have more questions!

07/28/2020 at 10:03PM

You can’t compare your native language to a foreign language you learn. If you can write essays in Spanish with the help of a dictionary then you have a basic fluency of this foreign to you language. And you should be proud of this and put it down in your common app. Now if you have the time, you might want to take your SAT Spanish Subject to show even better this achievement, but if you can’t please don’t worry. Best of luck !


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