The Spanish language placement exam is administered to determine the level at which students will begin the General Education and Connections foreign language requirements or begin studies toward the majors and minors in Hispanic Studies and Latin American Studies.

Who is required to take the placement exam?

All incoming first-year students are required to take the online exam prior to orientation, even those who have successfully completed AP requirements. Any student who has not taken the placement exam should take it and consult with the department chair to determine appropriate placement prior to registering for a course. During orientation, Hispanic Studies faculty will be available for interviews and advising to be combined with the score from the online placement exam. After this session during orientation, a list of recommendations will be available for students to consult in Fanning Hall and Winthrop Hall (2nd floor).

Online placement test overview

  • This is a web-based test.
  • The placement test can be taken anywhere, anytime where Internet facilities are available.
  • Plan for 30 minutes to complete in a quiet location.
  • Test items are based on real-world, every-day situations.
  • In order to answer the question, you must click once on the down arrow after "select answer." You will then see a list of possible answers.
  • If you are wrong, you will see "Try again!"
  • If you are right, you will see "Correct!"
  • If you get the question wrong you are allowed to continue until you find the correct answer. 


At the end of the end of the test, you will be presented with a score and a table that allows you to gauge your level of ability.

This score comprises the amount of questions answered correctly the first time only. So, if you get a question wrong, then continue to try until you find the correct answer. This will not add 1 to your score. Don't worry if you accidentally choose the incorrect answer after having found the correct answer, as the test only uses your first answer towards the final score. 


Once you have completed the exam, please email the score to Luis Gonz├ílez, Chair of Hispanic Studies Department, at

This score will be compiled with your first-year orientation or departmental interview materials to determine the appropriate course for you.