While taking any placement test, remember that you are subject to the Stanford Honor Code and Fundamental Standard. Specifically, you are not permitted to receive outside assistance on these examinations. "Outside assistance" means, among other things, the use of books, notes, dictionaries, grammar books, spell checkers, grammar checkers, translation tools, cutting and pasting foreign language items from the web, and composing items in writing before speaking.
It is very important that you do your best on this exam and that you do not receive any help with it. In order to make good judgments about your language placement in Stanford programs, we need good information about your level and knowledge.
Online Text Component
This online exam represents step one of the Spanish Placement Test and covers listening, grammar, and typing short answers. Please see below for guidelines on when to take the online test. Please take the online text component by July 15 and sign up for the oral portion as soon as possible. All placement testing should be completed by September 1.
Important: You will have only 75 minutes to complete the test once you log in and begin. Please allow enough time to take the entire test in a single sitting, as you cannot log out and log back in. When you are ready to take the online text component, go to the appropriate textbox below, click on the link that says "Take online test here," sign in with your SUNet ID and password, then click "Enroll in Course" to take the test.
AP/SAT II Note: If you are an incoming freshman who received a 4 or 5 on the AP Spanish Language Exam, or a 630 or above on the SAT II in Spanish, you do not need to take the online written portion of the Spanish placement test. If you plan to continue in the language, you simply need to complete the oral portion of the placement test (please be sure to upload your qualifying AP/SAT II score report in Canvas). See instructions below for completing the oral portion of the test. This exemption applies only to incoming/current freshmen, and does not apply to students applying for any BOSP program for which a Spanish placement test is needed.
Note: you must take the online text portion of the placement test before you take the oral portion of the test.
The next step of the placement process is an online interview over the summer. This will be a live, one-on-one interview with a certified tester, one of the instructors in the program. Please sign up for your interview using the link provided on the introduction page of the Spanish placement test (link below for online text component). For students with qualifying AP/SAT scores, click on the link for the online text component, then you will see a link for the oral exam. Be sure to also upload your AP/SAT score using the link provided.
At the time of the interview, please be sure to have your photo ID, Stanford ID number, and SUNet ID ready to present to the interviewer.
Potential home-background speakers may be asked to take an additional written assessment.