Placement Test

Updated on July 20, 2022.

We are pleased to offer Spanish language courses both in-person and online synchronous delivery (with in-person evaluations) during the 2022-23 academic term.

We have prepared the following guidelines to help you decide in which Spanish course to enroll for the first time. Please be aware that if your instructor or teaching assistant considers that you would be better placed in another course, you will be moved into a more suitable level.

1. If you do not have any prior knowledge of Spanish or no more than 1 year of Spanish studies in high school, enroll in SPA100Y1 - Spanish for Beginners

2. If you learned Spanish at home with your family or caregivers but received no formal schooling or education in the language, enroll in SPA219Y1 - Academic Spanish

3. If you have completed Spanish as a Second Language courses in elementary or high school, follow the instructions for placement test below.

4. If you have lived in a Spanish-speaking country for more than 6 months, follow the instructions for placement test below.

5. If you have received formal education in Spanish or attended a school where the primary language of instruction was Spanish, contact the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies for assessment.

We will not offer SPA120Y1 - Accelerated Spanish through Community Engaged Learning for 2022-23.

 

Instructions for placement test

Updated on July 20, 2022.

Take the placement test on the Prueba de Español Cervantes website. Be sure to save a screenshot of the final result.

Then, send an email with your U of T student ID number and the Prueba de Español Cervantes test result to the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies at spanport.undergraduate@utoronto.ca

In addition to the test result, please answer the following questions in your email:

  • Did you take Spanish in high school (Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12)?
  • Are you a native Spanish speaker?
  • Have you attended a school where the main language of instruction was Spanish? If so, when and for how long?
  • Are you a language heritage speaker? We consider you such if you speak Spanish at home, but have never taken Spanish in an academic setting or have only taken it in high school.
  • Have you ever lived in a Spanish-speaking country for a long period of time? If so, when and for how long?
  • Have you taken Spanish classes? If so, when and for how long?

We will not review placement tests without confirmation of your student ID number.

Please be aware that we require a minimum of three (3) business days to review results and assign a course. In some cases, we conduct an interview with students before giving a final assignment. We aim to communicate your results as early as possible and thank you for your patience as we deal with a high number of assessments.

Contact the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies at spanport.undergraduate@utoronto.ca for concerns.