Placement Exam

First-year students as well as continuing students wishing to study Spanish at Bates should take the department placement exam prior to registration in order to determine their entry level course.

The placement exam comprises 50 multiple choice questions and measures the level of the student’s grammatical knowledge of Spanish. The time it takes each student to complete depends on level of ability in the language. Upon completion, a percentage grade and the following placement chart will be displayed.

Score Recommended Course
above 85% 205
70-84% 202
40-69% 201
below 39% 103

The exam indicates the appropriate entry level course, and the results are forwarded to the chair of department. Upon completion of the exam students should contact the instructor of the course you wish to enter or the department chair, David George (, in order to request the necessary override.

For those considering a minor in Spanish, the entry level course is SPAN 201, (SPAN 103 Accelerated Elementary does not count towards the minor).

For prospective majors, the first required course is SPAN 205 Advanced Spanish. SPAN 103-202 do not count.