Foreign Languages
        and Literature

Spanish Language Program Placement Policy

The following is intended to facilitate your placement in the correct course.

General Policies

All four courses corresponding to the first two years (SPAN 111, 112, 211, and 212) must be taken in sequential order; you may not enroll in more than one of these courses during the same semester.

If you plan to take upper-division Spanish courses or to minor/major in Spanish or to minor in Spanish Translation, you should consult with an undergraduate Spanish program advisor before enrolling in 300-level courses or above.

1. Placement based on: AP Spanish Language or Spanish Literature scores*; International Baccalaureate (IB) High-Level test scores; or, SAT II "Spanish Subject Area Test" scores in Spanish.


a. Spanish Literature AP score of 4 or 5* or a
    Spanish Language AP score of 5* or a
    SAT II Spanish Subject Area Test score above 700 or an
    IB high-level (not standard level) test score of 5, 6, or 7

satisfies the College of Liberal Arts Foreign Language* requirement. You are encouraged to continue language studies and to consider declaring a minor/major in Spanish. You may enroll in 300-level courses after consultation with an undergraduate Spanish program advisor.



b.  An SAT II Spanish Subject Area Test score between 600-699 places you in a fourth-semester course (SPAN 212), which, when completed, satisfies the College of Liberal Arts Foreign Language requirement and which, if you declare a minor in Spanish, counts toward it.

c.  A Spanish Language AP score of 4 places you in a fourth-semester course (SPAN 212).  For higher placement, please contact an advisor.

d.  A Spanish Language AP score of 3 places you in a third-semester course (SPAN 211).  For higher placement, please contact an advisor.

* Students may get credit for two courses, for a maximum of 8 credits for AP exams, and a max of 6 credits for IB exams.
2. Placement for students with no prior knowledge of Spanish
Register in SPAN 111.


3. Placement for students with PRIOR knowledge of Spanish (NOT HERITAGE or NATIVE speakers)

Students who have studied Spanish before coming to UNR and want to continue must take the online placement exam. You may take the placement test from any computer online at https://www.perpetualworks.com/secure/register/student/ for $10. Before you take the test, be sure to click on "About this Test". You are responsible for understanding the rules and regulations of this test. At the end of the test, you will be given a score with the suggested course that you should enroll in. Your test scores will also be accessed by Admissions and Records. You will be expected to enroll in the course of your tested level.

REGISTER in
SPAN 111 if
REGISTER in
SPAN 112 if
REGISTER in
SPAN 211 if
REGISTER in
SPAN 212 if
1. you have never taken Spanish language courses;

or
1.  you successfully passed SPAN 111;


or

1. you successfully passed SPAN 112;


or

1.  you successfully passed SPAN 211 ;


or


2.
  you have taken Spanish previously elsewhere or more than a year ago

AND
obtained between 0-178 on the BYU Placement Exam

AND
you are not a Native/Heritage speaker of Spanish

2.
   you have taken Spanish previously elsewhere or more than a year ago

AND
obtained between 179-319 on the BYU Placement Exam

AND
you are not a Native/Heritage speaker of Spanish

2.
you have taken Spanish previously elsewhere or more than a year ago

AND
obtained between 320-346 on the BYU Spanish Placement Exam

AND
you are not a Native/Heritage speaker of Spanish

2.
you have taken Spanish previously elsewhere or more than a year ago

AND obtained over 347 on the BYU Spanish Placement Exam

AND
you are not a Native/Heritage speaker of Spanish


4. Placement for native and heritage Spanish speakers.

If you are a heritage speaker who attended High School in the United States you may not enroll in SPAN 111, 112, 211, or 212, but you must enroll instead in SPAN 226 (in the Fall) and SPAN 227 (in the Spring). Completion of SPAN 227 satisfies the College of Liberal Arts Foreign Language requirement and, if you declare a minor in Spanish, counts toward it. If you have doubts, please consult with the undergraduate Spanish program advisor.


If you are an advanced native speaker who attended High School or college in a Spanish-speaking country, you may enroll in 300-level courses or above, after consulting with an undergraduate Spanish program advisor.


Hybrid & Online Versions of SPAN 111 and SPAN 112

Through the Department of Foreign Languages, students can register for the Hybrid versions of SPAN 111 (Fall) and SPAN 112 (Spring). The student will meet face-to-face two times a week for three hours and complete all other work online. Contact Dr. Isabelli for more information.

Through 365Learning at UNR, students can register for Online SPAN 111 and SPAN 112. The 111 course is 12 weeks long and the 112 course is 10 weeks long and no classroom attendance is required since all work is found and completed online via WebCampus. Online SPAN 111 and 112 are offered every Spring, Summer, and Fall. Visit www.unr.edu/365 or call 784-4652 or 1-800-233-8928.

Alternate Courses For SPAN 211 and SPAN 212

Through 365Learning at UNR, students can register for Reading Spanish I (Spanish C205) & II (Spanish C209) and satisfy the College of Liberal Arts foreign language requirement.  In addition Spanish C205 is equivalent to Spanish 211 and Spanish C209 is equivalent to Spanish 212.  HOWEVER, if you decide on becoming a Spanish major or minor, these courses are NOT an option for you.  In addition, both of these courses are 2 credits (and not 3).

The student can enroll anytime by calling 784-4652 or 1-800-233-8928 and no classroom attendance is required since all work is completed at home and sent via mail to the instructor of the course.

 

Students in doubt about how these policies apply to them should consult a Spanish program advisor.