Not sure what level of Spanish you should take? Take a look at these guidelines below.

You must take both components of the Spanish Placement Test if you want to take Spanish language course and you fit into one of the categories immediately below:

  • You are a heritage speaker
  • You are a transfer student
  • You have taken a Spanish AP test, and your score is either pending or you have received a score of 4 or 5
  • You have taken four years of Spanish and have additional experience with the language (studying or living abroad in a Spanish speaking country)

All students taking the online Spanish exam must also sign up for a Spanish oral interview that will take place during your PittStart session. Starting May 1, you can schedule an interview online. Please take the written component part of the test before your oral interview.

Guidelines for Spanish language placement

If you fit any of the following categories, you do not need to take the placement exam in order to take a Spanish language course in the fall term:

Students with no Spanish language experience:

  • If you have not taken Spanish in high school, are not a heritage speaker, nor have been exposed to the language, you will enroll in Spanish 0001. You do not need to take a placement test or request a permission number.

Students who have taken two or less years of Spanish in high school have two options:

  1. If you want to take a Spanish course within one academic year since you took your last Spanish class (in other words, if you want to enroll in the fall or the spring immediately after you took a Spanish class in high school), you will enroll in Spanish 0015. You do not need to take a placement test or request a permission number.
  2. To take a Spanish course after one academic year has passed since you took your last Spanish class in high school, you will enroll in Spanish 0001. You do not need to take a placement test or request a permission number.

Students who have taken three or four years of Spanish in high school, and have had no additional experience with the language have two options:

  1. If you want to take a Spanish course within one academic year of your high school graduation (in other words, if you want to enroll in the fall or the spring immediately after you took your last Spanish class), you will enroll in Spanish 0003. You do not need to take a placement test or request a permission number.
  2. If you want to take a Spanish course after one academic year has passed since you took your last Spanish class, you will enroll in Spanish 0015. You do not need to take a placement test or request a permission number.