Spanish Placement Testing

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If your native language is Spanish, you should not take the placement test or seek placement guidance. The language placement tests and placement guidance are intended only for student learners who wish to take Spanish as a foreign language. 

ALL students are asked to take the placement examination before registering for their first Spanish course.

The results of this test will be used ONLY to place you into the appropriate level to be successful in our basic language sequence. 

No academic credit is awarded for this assessment. It is impossible to "test out of" the language requirement for the College of Arts and Science (CAS-A) through this assessment. Instead, students with high scores are placed into a higher-level SPN course.

It is important to place as high as possible and to the best of your ability for two reasons: 1) You will save time and money by taking only the courses you need to meet the CAS-A requirement. 2) You will save yourself initial frustration at the beginning of the semester by placing into an appropriate course instead of having find out that you have to drop the course, find an appropriate course, and hoping to get into that new course before the add/drop period expires.

PLEASE REMEMBER!  If you are taking this placement test within 48 hours of your registration period, please expect that you may not be able to register for the course you intend. Results from this Canvas placement may take up to two (2) business days to process into the university systems, depending on the time of day you've taken the placement.


  • This assessment requires the use of a speaker or headset. There will be some audio and video segments on this exam that you will have to listen to in order to answer a question.
  • You may take this assessment once. If you believe that your score does not reflect your language ability, you must email the office at the bottom of this page and give detailed reasons and detailed explanations. It is the office's discretion whether or not they will allow a retake of the placement exam.
  • To get the most accurate placement, do not use any resources (dictionary, Google translate, another person, etc.) to assist you with this exam. Using such resources may be considered a violation of Miami University's academic integrity policy.
  • Although this assessment is untimed, please give yourself a good 60 to 90 minutes of unobstructed time in a quiet, distraction-free place to take this exam.
  • This placement test consists of 50 questions drawn from a variety of levels to assess your knowledge of Spanish. Choose the best answer presented for each question. You will only have one attempt.


  1. Self-Enroll into the Spanish Placement Test Canvas website. You can do this by clicking on the button to the right of this page.
  2. If prompted, enter in your Miami UniqueID and Miami password.
  3. You will get a prompt to enroll into the Canvas course. Click the Enroll button.

    Spanish Canvas Enroll

  4. You will see another screen confirming you have enrolled.

    Spanish Canvas Enroll Confirmed

  5. Access the Canvas Dashboard and click on the newly added "Spanish Placement Test" site.

    Spanish Canvas Start Site

  6. You will see a module for you to take the placement test (shown below) on the site's home page.

    Spanish Module Example

  7. Click on the Pre-Placement Survey link first. Then return to the module and click on the Spanish Placement Exam link to begin your assessment.
  8. When you are finished, your test will be automatically graded.


  1. The test will be recorded into this Canvas site immediately and into the Foreign Language Placement Testing Database within two (2) business days
  2. Click on the "Grades" link in Canvas to bring up your individual grade sheet. Your placement will show in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, or find the percentage of your exam and use the scale below:

    Spanish Canvas Grade Sheet Example

  3. If you need to retrieve your score or placement, log in to the FLTEST score lookup site by clicking the red button to the right of this page.


For students that received a placement of SPN 202, you may register for either SPN 202 or SPN 203.

For students that reeived a placement of SPN 311, you may register for SPN 311, but any 300 level course will be acceptable as well.

If you have additional questions or for more information about enrolling in Spanish courses, please contact: the Spanish Placement Advisors at for advice about placement, or the Spanish & Portuguese department office at (513) 529-4500

If  you are blocked by Banner when attempting to add a Spanish course, please contact the Spanish Placement Advisors at for advice about placement.

For students who have taken the WebCape placement test up to April 30, 2020, the old placement test score ranges are:

000-150 = SPN 101
151-300 = SPN 111
301-354 = SPN 201
355-370 = SPN 201 or 211
371-390 = SPN 202 or 203 or 211
391-440 = SPN 202 or 203
441-999 = SPN 311


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