Placement Information & Exams

Questions about placement not answered by the material below should be addressed to Language Program Director Roberto Rey Agudo.

Spanish Class Enrollment Advice

If you studied Spanish prior to matriculation and you would like to continue your studies at Dartmouth, please use these guidelines to figure out which class your should enroll in.

If you have taken the SAT II test:

  • 0 – 410: SPAN 1
  • 420 – 590: SPAN 2
  • 600 – 680: SPAN 3
  • 690 or better: SPAN 9. (Language requirement fulfilled)

If you have taken AP Exams:

  • AP Language 4 or 5: SPAN 9. (Language requirement fulfilled)
  • AP Literature 4: SPAN 9. (Language requirement fulfilled)
  • AP Literature 5: SPAN 20. (Language requirement fulfilled)

If you have taken the British A level exams:

  • “A” on the A level exam: SPAN 20. (Language requirement fulfilled)
  • “B” on the A level exam: SPAN 9. (Language requirement fulfilled)

If you have taken the IB exam:

  • 6 or 7 on the Higher-level IB exam: SPAN 20. (Language requirement fulfilled)

Students who have taken SAT II, AP, British A level or IB exams do not need to take the online placement exam. Students who do not have SAT II, AP, British A level or IB exam scores must take the Department Placement exam if they wish to continue with their Spanish studies at Dartmouth. The exam is offered online for incoming first year students from August 1 – August 24. The score you receive will indicate the course for which you should register. All students who place out of SPAN 3 on the placement exam will be required to take an oral exam on campus during fall orientation. For more general information about language classes and the online exam see the department website.

Students who have lived or studied abroad for more than 6 months should contact the Spanish Language Program Director for further placement information.

Important placement information for possible LSA participants: if you have taken SPAN 3 on campus or place out of SPAN 3 on the online placement exam, if you score a 4 or 5 on either AP exam, or if you score 690 or better on the SAT II exam, you are overqualified and thus not eligible to apply for the LSA program - but please check out our LSA+ and FSP programs!

Portuguese Language Placement Procedures

Students may place into Portuguese classes by taking the Portuguese Placement Exam administered by the Department. Results are sent directly to the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students the day after the exam is taken. Students should contact that office for results. All upper-class students who need to take a placement exam can do so by scheduling an individual time for a placement exam with Rodolfo Franconi, or Carlos Minchillo.