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 or without prior knowledge of Spanish
 
Before registering in a 111, 112, 211 and 212 Spanish course, you must take the online Placement Exam.  You will be able to register for the Spanish course in which you are placed according to the score you receive on the exam.  Please allow five days for Admissions and Records to process your placement score before registering for the course.

You may take the placement test from any computer online at https://www.perpetualworks.com/secure/register/student/.  The fee for the exam is $10.  Be sure to click on "About this Test" before you begin. You are responsible for understanding the rules and regulations of the exam.  When you finish, you will be given a score and the suggested course that in which to enroll.


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 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 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 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  Placement Exam

AND
you are not a Native/Heritage speaker of Spanish


3. 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.

4. Placement for transfer students
Transfer students with previous foreign language coursework may register for the next consecutive course in the sequence.  If you have questions about your placement, please contact an advisor.

5.  Registration for two or more consecutive courses

If you want to register in two or more consecutive courses during the summer sessions and the subsequent semester (e.g., SPAN 111 in the first summer session, SPAN 112 in the second summer session, and SPAN 211 in the Fall), please contact Admissions and Records to waive the course prerequisites and to give you permission to enroll in the higher numbered course(s) based on your enrollment in the first course.

6. Alternative Courses


a.  Online SPAN 111, 112, 211, 212.  Through 365Learning, students can enroll in Online SPAN 111, SPAN 112, SPAN 211, and SPAN 212. The 111 and 112 courses are 12 weeks long and the 211 and 212 courses are 10 weeks long. No classroom attendance is required since all work is found and completed online via WebCampus. Online SPAN 111,  112 are offered every Spring, Summer, and Fall.  Starting Fall of 2015, SPAN 211 and 212 will start being offered also.  Visit www.unr.edu/365 or call 784-4652 or 1-800-233-8928.

b.  For Graduate Students ONLY.  Through 365Learning, graduate students can register for Reading Spanish I (SpAN C205) & II (SPAN C209) and satisfy their Master's program foreign language requirement.  Each course is 6 weeks long. No classroom attendance is required since all work is found and completed online via WebCampus. The courses are offered only during the Summer. Visit www.unr.edu/365 or call 784-4652 or 1-800-233-8928.

 

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