Language Information

Spanish Placement Test Information

2021-2022 Academic Year Information — For test and results link, READ AND SCROLL DOWN TO BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.

All first-year students who plan to fulfill a language requirement or would like to continue with their study of Spanish, and all transfer students who plan to take Spanish MUST take the online placement test before registering for courses, UNLESS they have the indicated AP Spanish scores (see below.)

 

The Spanish Placement Test is offered online over the summer and during the academic year.

*FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE THE SPANISH PLACEMENT TEST BY JUNE 11th.

   

Please note:  If you take the placement test before June 11th, your results will be posted here by June 14th.  

 

All late acceptance and transfer students must take the placement exam by July 31st. These results will be posted here on or before Aug. 1st.

 

Seats reserved for first-year students taking Spanish 121-1, 125-0, 199-0 and 203-0 in Fall 2021 will be available during New Student Registration period. Please click on the Course Notes in CAESAR for more details.

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*If you score high enough on the online portion, you will earn “reassessment” on the placement exam.  The “REASSESSMENT” (oral interview and written composition) will be required to confirm your level of proficiency.  This follow-up exam will determine whether you have satisfied the Weinberg foreign language requirement and/or qualify for Spanish 199-0 or 200-level Spanish courses.

 

Spanish Reassessment Session I

(Open to all students who earned "reassessment" on the online placement exam.)

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

Time: 10-11am  

Location: Zoom, Students who have earned a “reassessment” on the online placement exam will be emailed the Zoom information.

 

Fall 2021/Wildcat Welcome week reassessment information:

Spanish Reassessment Session II

(Open to all students who earned "reassessment" on the online placement exam.)

Thursday, Sept. 2nd, 2021

Time: 1-2pm  

Location: Zoom, Students who have earned a “reassessment” on the online placement exam will be emailed the Zoom information.

Other than during Wildcat Welcome, Reassessment of the placement test will be held by appointment only, with a minimum of one week notice. Once you have retrieved your placement exam results (indicating “Reassessment”), email Elena Lanza, Interim Director of Spanish Language Program, to make an appointment.

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Before registering for Spanish courses at Northwestern, you MUST take the online Spanish placement test UNLESS you have no prior experience with Spanish or any of the following applies to you:

 

Your AP exam score in Spanish language AND literature is a 5.

You have satisfied the Weinberg foreign language requirement in Spanish.  We encourage you to continue your Spanish studies at Northwestern. You have fulfilled the prerequisites to now take Spanish 205, 206, 208, 250, 251, 260, 261, 280, 281, or 302. If you have questions, please consult any departmental undergraduate adviser.

 

Your AP exam score in Spanish language OR literature is a 5.

You have satisfied the Weinberg foreign language requirement in Spanish. We encourage you to continue your Spanish studies at Northwestern. Please register for SPANISH 203-0 Individual & Society through Written Expression or SPANISH 207 for heritage learners. If you have any questions, please email Elisa Baena (e-baena@northwestern.edu).

 

Your AP exam score in Spanish language and/or literature is a 4.

You have satisfied the Weinberg foreign language requirement in Spanish. To continue your Spanish studies at Northwestern, you'll need to register for SPANISH 199-0 Language in Context: Contemporary Spain or SPANISH 197 for heritage learners. First-year students are advised to take this course in fall quarter. If you have any questions, please email Elena Lanza (e-lanza@northwestern.edu).

 

Your AP exam score in Spanish language is a 3.

You will satisfy the Weinberg foreign language requirement in Spanish by taking Accelerated Intermediate Spanish (SPANISH 125-0, or SPANISH 127-0 for heritage learners) and passing the course with a C- or better. All new students should take this course immediately in fall, as it is offered ONLY in Fall Quarter. If you have any questions, please email Asha Nagaraj (a-nagaraj@northwestern.edu).

 

You took high school Spanish for less than two years. To continue your Spanish studies at Northwestern, you may register for SPANISH 101-1, offered ONLY in fall quarter. If you have any questions, please email Heather Colburn (h-colburn@northwestern.edu).

 

The Spanish placement test is given online only. You should take the test before coming to campus in the fall.  If you don’t have access to the internet, you may take the placement test on a computer in your student residence or in a computer lab as soon as you arrive on campus.

 

There are many advantages to taking the online test as early as possible in the summer: You'll get your score in time to learn about the course in which you'll begin. You can take the test when you feel ready. You can take the time you need to complete the test. You can work in a quiet, relaxed testing environment.

If you have Spanish placement questions, please email Shannon Millikin, Spanish Placement Coordinator (s-millikin@northwestern.edu).