Spanish placement test

Take the Spanish Placement Test

What is the Spanish placement test?

The Spanish language placement test helps students to register for the appropriate level course for Spanish.

The placement test does not exempt a student from any language requirements. The placement test merely informs students where they should begin their language study at the University of Nevada, Reno. Placing beyond the first semester (111) level does not grant credit for any levels that the student places beyond.

The online Spanish Computerized Adaptive Placement Exam (WebCAPE) uses state-of-the-art computer testing techniques to accurately and efficiently place students in the first two years of college language courses. WebCAPE selects each test item as a result of the answer to the previous question. When the student answers an item correctly, a more difficult question is presented; if an item is answered incorrectly, an easier question is given. In short, the test adapts to the student's level of ability and will accurately determine the student's competency level in about twenty minutes.

Who needs to take the Spanish Language Placement Test?

A student who took Spanish prior to entering the University of Nevada, Reno and who is continuing study in Spanish at the University, must take the placement test. Students who have never taken any prior Spanish classes do not need to take this exam but will need to work with an advisor to allow them to enroll in SPAN 111.

Heritage Spanish speakers, Native Spanish speakers, or Spanish speakers who grew up speaking Spanish in their homes can not take this test. Please enroll in SPAN 227 or contact to take a different Spanish assessment test.

How do I take the test?

The placement test can be taken online for $10 from any location with a high-speed internet connection.

To take the test, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the link provided
  2. Create an account by providing the information requested
  3. Sign into your account when directed to the "TrueNorth" login page
  4. Purchase the Spanish Reading/Grammar test
  5. Enter your payment information
  6. Take the test
  7. Your scores will be accessed by Admissions and Records within five business days
  8. Record your score in a safe place and keep it for future advising sessions (in case your score does not get entered in time for you to register for a class)

When should I take the test?

The placement test makes an enrollment recommendation for the immediate semester. You should take the test before enrolling.

Can the test be repeated?

The test may be repeated, but there is a mandatory six-week waiting period between testing sessions (there are no exceptions to this restriction).

How much time should I allow to take the test?

Taking the test should require anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes, depending on how you perform (the test is much shorter for beginners than for intermediate learners).

What if I'm not happy about my language placement?

Students must take the University course at the level they placed into. Students may retake the placement exam after six weeks if they want a better score (higher class level); but students cannot place lower than their original score. If you feel that your test score does not accurately reflect your language ability, see an undergraduate Spanish advisor in the World Languages and Literatures Department or email