Border Patrol Agent

I have heard I have a choice in the entrance examination to take either a Spanish test or something called an Artificial Language Test. What should I do?

If you are fluent in formal Spanish, you may wish to take the Spanish Test. However, for those who consider themselves to be native speakers of Spanish are often surprised by the difficulty of the test. If you speak “Spanglish” or “Tex-Mex” you should be aware that standard grammar and vocabulary are emphasized. You also have the option to take the Artificial Language Test (ALT). The ALT is a test that helps us predict your ability to learn Spanish. The test may, at first glance, seem intimidating. It is, in fact, based on the grammar and syntax of neo-Latin languages such as Spanish and French. A good grasp of common structures (how the various parts of speech fit together) combined with a thorough reading of the ALT study guide that you receive when you apply will prepare you for this test.

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