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Department of Spanish
Bryn Mawr College
101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899

Phone: (610) 526-5198
FAX: (610) 526-7479

Spanish Placement Information

All students registering for a Spanish class at Bryn Mawr College, except those with no prior knowledge of Spanish, are required to take the placement test by July 10.

The Spanish placement test is a 20-25 minute adaptive multiple-choice test of grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.

Remember that you are bound by the Bryn Mawr Honor Code and MAY NOT consult dictionaries, other websites or written materials during the online test.

You are permitted to take the test only once, so follow the instructions below very carefully.

Accessing the test:

  • Make sure that the web browser you are using (Firefox, Mozilla, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, or Safari) has JavaScript turned on.
  • Click on the link below to register for the placement test.

  • Once you complete the registration you will receive an email with the password and link to the Spanish Placement Test.
  • For the student ID, use your Bryn Mawr ID. If you do not have a Bryn Mawr ID, use your date of birth without dashes (e.g., 08201992).
  • Select continue and begin the test. Refrain from using the "BACK" button at any time, as that will terminate the test.
  • Once you have finished, write down your numerical score and you will immediately receive the following placement recommendations:
0-269 SPAN 001  (Beginning Spanish I)
270-370 SPAN 002  (Beginning Spanish II)
371-499 SPAN 101 (Intermediate Spanish I)
500-625 * SPAN 102  (Intermediate Spanish II) or higher
>625 * SPAN 110/120  (Introducción al análisis cultural/ Introducción al análisis literario) or higher

*Note: If you score 500 points or higher, you will need to submit a PDF or Word file of  a 400-word essay from a previous Spanish class written in the last year using the following form:

In addition to submitting a writing sample you will be required to attend the Academic Fair to meet with a Spanish faculty member. At this meeting, you will discuss the most appropriate class for you based on your language background and ability, interests, test results, and writing sample.

If you do not have a writing sample from a class, send one on a topic of your choosing. For placement into levels beyond 110/120, your writing sample should be one that analyzes literature. 

The results of the placement exam are not binding. If you feel that you belong in a different course or have other questions concerning the placement process, contact Kaylea Berard at