Spanish Placement Exam

Juniors, and Seniors Only

Welcome to Spanish at Gustavus! If you have previously studied Spanish and plan to continue at Gustavus, you are in the right page. Please read the instructions below. Scroll down for the exam link.

The language placement test is intended for students who want to study language at Gustavus. Below are instructions for the Spanish placement.


  • If you are planning to major or minor in Spanish and have not completed post-secondary options (college) coursework in the language. If you wish to major or minor, it is highly recommended you register for Spanish courses as soon as possible in your freshman year. At any point, talk to a Spanish advisor if you have any questions about your placement.
  • If you are planning to continue your study Spanish and have not completed post-secondary options (college) coursework in this language. You can take this exam only once so take it before the semester you intend on continuing your study. Email both Dr. Ana Adams and Dr. Marisa Kalbermatten if you have any questions about your placement.

  • If you are planning to fulfill the graduation requirement with a language other than Spanish.
  • If you want to take Spanish in a future semester. Pease take the placement the semester before you intend on continuing the study of this language for an optimal reading of your language ability.
  • If you want to begin a new language.
  • If you have college credit (College in the Schools, AP [score 4 or higher], IB [higher level exams], PSEO) and you wish to continue the study of this language, you will register for the level assigned to you by the registrar's office. Please contact them if you have further questions. Also, feel free to talk to both Dr. Ana Adams and Dr. Marisa Kalbermatten if you have concerns or questions about your placement.
  • If you are planning to demonstrate equivalency with the equivalency exam on campus and do not intend to continue studying Spanish. For instructions for the equivalency exam, please go to the equivalency exam page.
Instructions for accessing and taking the Placement Exam in Spanish

Important things you should know before you take the placement test:

  • Students do not self-place. They must follow placement results and guidelines to ensure classes have students with similar range of skill and knowledge.
  • You will not fulfill the language requirement by taking the placement test. This is an exam to place into Spanish courses only. If you wish to prove equivalency, you should take the equivalency test.
  • You may complete the placement exam from any computer that has Internet access.
  • The language placement test can only be taken ONCE for the same language.
  • You do not need to study for this test. Doing so, will result in your incorrect placement.
  • Please know that you will not know all the answers since the exam covers all language levels. Simply answer the questions to the best of your knowledge.
  • You must do the exam by yourself and must not use a dictionary or any other help as it will skew your score, resulting in incorrect placement.
  • The exam is timed. Answer to the best of your knowledge and plan well so you are able to complete it without interruptions.
  • It will be scored immediately and will let you know what course to register for. If you find problems registering on-line for a class you have placed in, contact the Office of the Registrar. The system will not let you register in class you were not placed in. 
  • If you have 3 years of language experience in high school, you will not be able to register at the 101 level no matter what the language placement test results are. With 3 years of Spanish experience, you are no longer considered a beginner and must register at the102 level or above according to placement score.
  • Contact Jenny Tollefson if you experience technical difficulties and are unable to complete the exam. She can also answer questions about computer access, the exam, and exam results.
  • With any other questions or concerns about placement please e-mail both Dr. Ana Adams and and Dr. Marisa Kalbermatten.

Instructions for accessing the Placement Exam for Spanish

The placement exam is only for placing/entering into language courses. If you are looking into testing out, please refer to the Equivalency Exam page.

  1. Open your web browser and click on this link, and follow the instructions to create an account.
  2. Once logged in, give yourself approximately 15-30 minutes to complete the exam.
  3. After completing the exam, you will receive immediate results. Use this information to register for the appropriate level.
  4. If you ever need to refer back to your results you can login to the test site again with the username and password you created.