The Spanish placement exam was developed to test students’ fluency in the Spanish language. Specifically, the exam evaluates students’ aural/listening proficiency, writing and reading skills in the Spanish language. Students with prior instruction in Spanish may take the placement exam in an effort to be exempt from prerequisite courses (e.g., SPA 1311, 1312, 2311, and/or 2312). This local exam is available to native and non-native Spanish speakers.

Make an Appointment

You will need to complete the background questionnaire before the test can be administered.


The Spanish placement exam requires a non-refundable fee that is payable on Marketplace.

Test Times

Spanish placement exams are offered by appointment only during regular office hours.

All testing appointments must be scheduled at least 24 hours before your desired testing date and time. We cannot accommodate same-day testers or walk-ins.

Exam Day Breakdown

Valid Photo ID

  • Bring any of the following:
    • Driver’s license
    • Passport
    • Other government-issued photo ID

Test Length

  • The test includes three sections: Listening, Multiple Choice and Essay
  • The test lasts approximately one hour

How is Credit Awarded?

Depending upon your results, you may place into one of the following Spanish language classes:

  • SPA 1311
  • SPA 1312
  • SPA 2311
  • SPA 2312
  • SPA 331

Credit is awarded once you successfully complete the Spanish language class you placed into. When you successfully complete your placement course with a grade of D or higher (a grade of C or higher is required if the class is part of your major) you will receive credit for that course (3 credit hours).

Note: Students whose degree plan already requires them to take upper-division Spanish may not substitute lower-division courses for upper-division ones.

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