Updated May 2023
Online Placement Exam for the Fall 2023 Semester:
- Placement Exam opens: July 3 (9:00 am)
- Placement Exam closes: July 31 (12:00 noon) NOTE: Please begin your test by 10:30 am to ensure you have enough time for a full testing session.
- Placement results reported: See Canvas site announcement
The test link can be found at the very bottom of this page:
General and Heritage Placement Tests
If I received a 5 or higher on an AP test in Spanish, or a score of 6 or 7 on the IB Advanced-level exam in Spanish, am I required to take the placement exam?
If you received a 5 or higher on an AP test in Spanish, or if you received a score of 6 or 7 on the IB Advanced-level exam in Spanish, you are not required to take the placement exam. You can go ahead and register in courses at the L5 level.
In this case, you only have to take one L5 course in Spanish (Language or literature) to fulfill your language requirement. You do have to send your scores to the registrar to verify and confirm your placement. Keep in mind that not all L5 courses are equivalent in difficulty. Some are designed for students with greater proficiency and may have additional prerequisites. Our placement exams are administered to evaluate students’ ability and thus determine the most suitable course level for them.
On the other hand, since many students may or may not have the same proficiency level as when they took the AP or IB tests, we strongly recommend that everyone take the exam to confirm their actual language level. Students should take the test to evaluate whether they are ready for the advanced level and thus determine if an L5 course would work for them. Please note that if the results place a student at a lower language level (L1-L4) after taking the test, the student would have to register for a course at that placement level.
Requesting Placement Test Accomodations:
Students with documented disabilities may request accommodations for placement testing through the Student Accessibility Services office. Please contact them through the online registration form at least one week before the placement test begins.
Please note that these requests for accommodations apply only to the placement testing period. To register for ongoing accessibility arrangements, students should submit a request and meet with SAS before the start of the semester.
More information for first-years seeking accommodations is available on the Student Accessibility Services website.
Futher information about placement testing can be found here.