Placement Test

Updated on June 5, 2024.

We are pleased to offer Spanish language courses in-person only for the 2024-25 academic year.

If this is the first time that you are enrolling in a Spanish course at the University of Toronto: Welcome! We have made some changes in our language course sequence, so any student who begins Spanish studies in Fall 2024 onwards has to complete a mandatory placement test - even if they are true beginners in the language - to ensure that you are enrolling in the appropriate level course. If you fail to do so, you risk being removed from the course. Students on the waitlist should also complete the assessment to ensure they are on the waitlist for the correct course.

We have implemented this process to place each student in the course that we consider most appropriate. Please, keep in mind that it is the Department's decision to place students in language courses. Students who consider that they have been placed in the wrong course are welcome to reach out for a conversation with their course instructor and our Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies. If you are found to be enrolled in a different, lower-level course from the one assigned by our unit without this previous conversation, you will be immediately removed from it.

The goal of the placement test is to assess your knowledge accurately. If you claim to know less than you actually do, you are not only committing an academic integrity offense but also disrupting the learning environment for others who do want to improve their skills. Misrepresenting your Spanish language abilities is a serious academic offense. See the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters:

“The University and its members have a responsibility to ensure that a climate that might encourage, or conditions that might enable, cheating, misrepresentation or unfairness not be tolerated. To this end all must acknowledge that seeking credit or other advantages by fraud or misrepresentation, or seeking to disadvantage others by disruptive behaviour is unacceptable, as is any dishonesty or unfairness in dealing with the work or record of a student.”

If it is discovered that you understated your proficiency, you will be reported to the Academic Integrity office and immediately removed from the course.

Students who have previously completed the language placement test and those who have completed the prerequisite language course in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at St. George do not need to retake this test.

Instructions for placement test

Updated on June 17, 2024.

Our Spanish placement test period for the 2024-25 academic year is open.

If you are an incoming student at the University of Toronto, obtain a UTORid and a University of Toronto provided email address before completing this test. For detailed instructions on how to do this, read carefully Get Your UTORid & TCard .

To complete our Spanish placement test, please follow these steps:

  1. Answer our Spanish Language Background Questionnaire as completely and thoroughly as possible. You will need your UTORid to log in.
  2. If needed, one of our placement specialists will email you to conduct a brief language assessment through a written test and oral interview.
  3. Our placement specialist will assign your first SPA course.
  4. Enroll in the assigned course through ACORN when it's your time!

As we anticipate a very high demand for placement, please be aware that we aim to complete each step within two (2) business days and the entire process could take up to a week to complete.

Contact the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies at for concerns.