Placement

How does the department place students into Spanish classes?

The Spanish Language Program uses THREE levels of screening in order to place students in the correct language acquisition course. They are

    (1) your GWU Placement Test score,

    (2) your prior formal study of the language -high school and college only-,

    (3) an interview with a Spanish placement advisor, if needed, during the first week of classes (PHILLIPS HALL 513)

Do you need to take the Spanish Placement Test?

You NEED to take this test if

• you have taken Spanish courses during high school, or at an institution other than The George Washington University

• you have not studied Spanish, but it is a language that is spoken at home

• you lived in a Spanish-speaking country, or were in that country for an extended period of time

• you are a native speaker of Spanish

• your AP Spanish score is less than 5, or you feel that a 5 does not accurately reflect your Spanish level

You DO NOT need to take this test if

• you never studied Spanish in high school, and you do not speak Spanish at home (please enroll in SPAN 1011).

•you received a score of 5 on the AP Spanish Language Exam. This score gives you credit for Spanish 1014 and 1099, and you can register for SPAN 2005

• you received a score of 5 on the AP Spanish Literature Exam. Please register for SPAN 2006

What type of test is the Placement test?

It is an online test that assess your knowledge of Spanish vocabulary, grammar, and communicative elements ONLY in a written/comprehension mode. it gives us general information of your knowledge in these areas, and allows us to match you with a class that will allow you to progress further in your language acquisition process.

Your raw score suggests the course you should place into.

0-25 .................. Spanish 1011 or Spanish 1012 (Intensive track)

26-45 ................ Spanish 1012

46-65 ................ Spanish 1013 or Spanish 1034 (Intensive track)

66-80 ................ Spanish 1014

81-95 ................ Spanish 2005, or Spanish 2056 (Intensive track)

96-110 ...............Spanish 2006

111-125 .............Spanish 3010W, or Spanish 3022, or Spanish 3040

126-140 .............Spanish 3100 or above (consult with Literature faculty)

How does my prior study of Spanish influence my placement?

Your score in the Placement Test is only one indication of your ability. We also take into account the amount of instruction you have received in the language prior to this point.

Students with 2 years of High School Spanish

Regardless of placement test results, students with 2 years of high school Spanish are ineligible to enroll in Span 1011 or Span 1012. However, if there has been one full year or more since their last Spanish class, and the placement test score falls within the range, they can take Span 1012.

Students with 3 years of High School Spanish

Regardless of placement test results, students with 3 years of high school Spanish are ineligible to enroll in Span 1011 or Span 1012. However, if there has been one full year or more since their last Spanish class, and the placement test score falls within the range, they can take Span 1012.

No credit for Span 1011 is given under any circumstances.

Students with 4 years of High School Spanish

Regardless of placement test results, students with 4 years of high school Spanish are ineligible to enroll in Span 1011, Span 1012, Span 1013, or Span 1034. However, if there has been one full year or more since their last Spanish class, and the placement test score falls within the range, they can enroll in Span 1013 or Span 1034.

No credit for Span 1011 or Span 1012 is given under any circumstances.

Can I have further advising on my Spanish placement?

During registration, you should enroll in a class based on (a) your score in the Placement Test, and (b) you prior instruction in the language. On the first day of class, your instructor will have you fill a Placement Screening Survey. If you need to discuss your placement further, you can do so during the first week of classes. Your instructor will tell where to go. You may also need to see a Placement Advisor if your instructor asks you to do so (after reviewing your Placement Screening Survey).

Within the first 6 days of class, instructors work hard to identify any student who, despite screening, does not have a possibility to succeed in the class. This means that the student lacks a minimal language foundation to be able to progress in the language, and that the problem cannot be solved with the help of a tutor.

To access the Placement Test click HERE

To Access the Placement Test

         Click HERE