Results of this exam are used to place students in UT Austin Spanish courses appropriate for their particular levels of proficiency. Test results also serve as a basis for awarding credit in Spanish courses-SPN 601D, 610D and 611D.
In addition to the University of Texas Spanish examination, which includes multiple choice test items in Listening, Grammar and Reading, there will be a UT Austin writing exercise comprised of a short essay, approximately 200 words long, that tests the student’s ability to communicate ideas clearly in Spanish. The student will be expected to write in Spanish using a wide range of vocabulary and grammar, textual organization, flow and use of connectors, and punctuation and spelling. Students must meet minimum standard for the writing exercise AND the University of Texas Spanish examination in order to receive the credit specified.
Where and When to Take the Test
The University of Texas Spanish Exam with writing exercise must be taken on the UT Austin campus. It is offered monthly during the school-year, as well as during Summer Orientation Sessions, and other orientation sessions during the year. Visit the Test Registration System to view and register for upcoming test dates.
Students for Whom the Test is Recommended or Appropriate
For placement in UT Spanish courses, students who have prior knowledge of Spanish and who do not have college credit in Spanish MUST take the UT Austin Spanish test w/ Writing Exercise before they can enroll in their first UT Austin Spanish course. Students who take the IB HL Exam in Spanish Language A1, A2, or B, or the AP Exam in Spanish Language or Spanish Literature, are exempt from taking the University of Texas Spanish exam with writing exercise.
Transfer students may also use the placement test to earn additional credit in Spanish or to earn credit for lower-division courses from which they were exempted without credit at another institution.
Spanish credit already earned is not affected by the results of the placement test. Students who do not intend to enroll in a Spanish course but who wish to attempt to earn credit by examination may take the placement test.
The total of the fees for the test is $90. When you register for a test, you will immediately be billed for the non-refundable test registration fee of $25. After you take the test, you will be billed for the test fee of $65. Payments are due within 14 days of the billing date. All fees are subject to change.
Level 1: SPN 601D - Introductory Spanish
NOTE: Only one of the following may be counted: SPN 601D, 604, or 506. Prerequisite: An appropriate score on a departmentally approved Spanish placement examination.
Level 2: SPN 610D - Intermediate Spanish I
NOTE: Only one of the following may be counted: SPN 610D, 612 or 312K. Prerequisite: SPN 601D, 604, 507, or 508K with a grade of at least C.
Level 3: SPN 611D – Intermediate Spanish II
NOTE: Only one of the following may be counted: SPN 611D, 612, 312L. Prerequisite: SPN 610D or 312K with a grade of at least C.
Students who plan to enroll in UT Austin Spanish courses and who place out of Spanish 601D, 610D and 611D are advised to enroll in SPN 327G. Before enrolling in SPN 327G, please consult with an advisor in the Benedict 2.116.
Test Results and Retakes:
Results are available within a few days after the test date.
You may take the University of Texas Spanish exam with writing exercise only once.
|UT Austin Courses||Notes|
|SPN 601D, 610D, and 611D||Students must meet minimum standard for the writing exercise AND the University of Texas Spanish examination in order to receive any credit. No cut scores are publicized for this test.|
|SPN 601D, 610D, 311, 314||Beginning Fall 2020. Students must meet minimum standard for the writing exercise AND the University of Texas Spanish examination in order to receive any credit. No cut scores are publicized for this test.|