Online Placement Exam

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The placement exam in Spanish is an on-line multiple-choice format exam; it consists of questions on vocabulary, grammar and reading comprehension. There is no oral or listening part to the exam. Since it is a computer-adaptive test, the length varies from one individual to another, with the average time being 20 minutes. Please supply all the required information. Your score and placement will become available immediately upon completion of the exam. A copy of your score along with a placement determination will be sent by email to you as well as to the Spanish Language Program at Penn. You MUST print out your results and bring the print out to class. You will be asked to present these results in class as proof of placement. If you do not present proof of placement, you will not be able to receive credit for the course. After receipt of this report, you may then register in the appropriate course by following the instructions you have received to that effect.

Since you are taking the exam on your own, the exam must represent your own work; it is also in your interest to work to the best of your ability. By taking this test you are bound by the terms of the University´s Code of Student Conduct and Code of Academic Integrity. Please familiarize yourself with both of these documents before taking the exam.

 

NOTE: YOU MAY TAKE THIS EXAM ONLY ONCE!

 

Only your first score will be considered valid for placement purposes.

Should you have any concerns, please contact the proper course coordinator or the Undergraduate Coordinator.

Placement Scores and Levels:

The following table shows scores and placement levels for the on-line placement examination in Spanish: 

Score

Placement

below 285

SPAN 110

285-383

SPAN 121

384-453

SPAN 130

454-546

SPAN 140

above 546**

SPAN 140 or exam to qualify for exemption

 

If you are a college student, you may register for one level higher than you are assigned; that is, if you place into SPAN 110, you may take SPAN 121, SPAN 121 may take SPAN 130, and SPAN 130 may take SPAN 140. If you are a Wharton, Engineering, Nursing, or LPS student, you must take the course you place into. If you feel you have special circumstances, consult the specific course coordinator. However, the online placement test is for diagnostic purposes only and will be supplemented by instructors' evaluations during the first week of classes. Under no circumstances may you choose to take a level lower than the one to which you are assigned without the explicit permission of the appropriate Spanish course coordinator.

 

**NOTE: This examination may not be used for exemption from the language requirement.

 

The written departmental exam (a paper-and-pencil multiple-choice exam taken at Penn) is offered to those students who score above 546 on the online examination at the beginning of each semester. The exam covers comprehension of grammar, vocabulary, and reading. There is no oral or listening component. The placement exams for this year will take place on Monday, August 28, 2017 from 8:00-10:00am in David Rittenhouse Laboratory, Room A-1. In order to take the placement exam, eligible students must register by August 27th at 8pm. For more information, please contact the main office at 215—898—7429. 

 

 

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Good Luck!