Spanish Placement Testing

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General Information

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.

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Take the Spanish Placement Test
SELF-ENROLL IN CANVAS


Look Up Your Placement
 

Before You Take the Exam

  • 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.

To Take the Exam

  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.

After the Exam

  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.

Interpretation of Results

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

If you have additional questions or for more information about enrolling in Spanish courses, please contact: the Spanish Placement Advisors at spanishplacement@miamioh.edu 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 spanishplacement@miamioh.edu for advice about placement.

Frequently Asked Questions about Spanish Placement

I am a native speaker of the Spanish language. Can I take the placement test? Should I take it?

Since your native language is Spanish, there is no need to take the placement test. You also have no need for placement guidance. These placement tests (and related placement guidance) are needed only by those taking Spanish as a foreign language.  If you are interested in a Spanish course, please reach out to an advisor about the best place to start.

I have never studied Spanish and I only know very little. Can I just put myself into 101 and not take the placement test?

All students, except for native speakers of Spanish, must take the placement examination before registering for their first Spanish course. The results of the tests are used for gathering important statistics. Therefore, even if you think the outcome is clear before you take the test, such as if you have no knowledge of the Spanish language, it is important to take the test to the best of your ability anyway.

My native language is not Spanish but I took four years of Spanish in high school and feel that I know Spanish really well. I think I can place myself into a 300-level course. So, is it okay for me to skip taking the placement test?

All students, except for native speakers of Spanish, must take the placement examination before registering for their first Spanish course. You may find that the test’s result justifies your confidence or that you overestimated how much Spanish you know. We also gather important statistics from the tests that help us in our educational mission.

I don’t really understand what this test is for.

The main reason the test exists is so that the results can be used to place students into the appropriate level in order to be as successful as possible with our basic language-acquisition sequence. 

How many credit hours will I be given for taking this test?

No academic credit is awarded for this assessment. 

I think I know enough Spanish to test-out of the foreign-language requirement. Does this test help me with that?

It is impossible to test-out of the language requirement for the College of Arts and Science (CAS-A) via this assessment. Instead, the higher the score, the higher the placement in SPN courses.

I have some hard classes scheduled and am busy with sports, volunteer work, student employment, Greek life, and an internship. Is it a good idea for me to pretend I can’t speak Spanish as well as I actually can when taking the test, so I can have an easier workload?

It is very important to place as high as possible (without cheating aids). You will save time, energy, and money by taking only the courses you need to meet the CAS-A requirement. 

If you have or develop a passion for the Spanish language and/or related cultural factors, you can allocate the saved time, energy, and money toward undertaking more advanced coursework during your time pursuing your degree at Miami. Otherwise, you will have that time, energy, and money to use for other coursework or other projects that are a better use of your time, versus taking a course below your ability. 

Wouldn’t it help my GPA to take a course below my level?

In addition to the aforementioned saved time, money, and energy — you will feel prouder of yourself for having made the ethical choice. Language-learning courses are not a place for cutting corners. They must be treated with the same amount of respect as other courses, particularly since many are in high demand yet our department cannot guarantee a spot in a desired section once a course is full. Be considerate of others’ needs.

I read what you said above about maybe overestimating my Spanish-speaking ability, even though I’m not a native speaker. I am sure that I can place myself into a 300-level course. So, can I skip taking the placement test?

You will save yourself initial frustration at the beginning of the semester by placing into an appropriate course — versus discovering that you have to drop the course because it is too difficult for your current level. After that drop, you would then have to find an appropriate course and hope to be able to enroll before the add/drop period expires. The risk of taking a course beyond your ability far outweighs the small amount of time and effort needed to take the placement test. Also, we use the test scores for important statistics gathering that helps us with our academic mission, which you are a part of.