Introductory Courses and Placement

Students who have had two or more years of high school Spanish are not eligible to take Elementary Spanish (101 or 102) and must take a placement test.

Students who have grown up in Spanish-speaking homes and/or who have received any formal education in Spanish must also take the placement test, and they may not take elementary (101-102), intermediate (131-132), or conversation courses (203-204); they should instead take the sequence of language courses designated for native speakers, which is specially tailored to their needs, or upper-level courses, in accordance with their placement test results.
NOTE: Students will NOT receive credit for any course taken below their placement.

The only students who are not required to take the placement test are non-native speakers who have had less than two years of high school Spanish. Please note, however, that if you have had fewer than two years of high school Spanish and choose to take the placement test, you must enroll in the level in which you are placed.

If you are unclear on whether you need to take the placement exam or not, please contact the department.