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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 11.

The Spanish placement test is a 20-25 minute adaptive multiple-choice test of grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. If you score 500 points or higher, you will need to submit a PDF or Word file of  a 400-word essay. This may be from a previous Spanish class written in the last year. If you do not have a writing sample from a class, compose a 400-word essay on a topic your choosing. For placement into levels beyond 110 or 120, your writing sample should be one that analyzes literature. 

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, you will receive a placement recommendation, as shown below. You may write down your numerical score for your records.
0-269 SPAN 001  (Beginning Spanish I)
270-370 SPAN 002  (Beginning Spanish II)
371-499 SPAN 101 (Intermediate Spanish I)

In order to finalize your placement, please submit a 400-word essay by using the form found at this web address:


SPAN 110 (Introducción al análisis cultural) OR SPAN 120 (Introducción al análisis literario).NOTE: THEY DO NOT NEED TO BE TAKEN IN SEQUENCE. In order to finalize your placement, please submit a 400-word essay by using the form found at this web address:

>889 A 200-level Spanish course

*In addition to submitting a writing sample, you are expected to attend the Academic Fair to meet with a Spanish faculty advisor. 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

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