Language Placement

Welcome to the Language Placement Information Page, where you will find detailed information about language requirements and placement into Spanish and Portuguese classes.


Students in the College of Arts and Science (CAS) need to demonstrate proficiency through Intermediate II level of a language as part of their College Core Curriculum (CORE). They can also fulfill their requirement with several placement exams. In-person placement exams in Spanish and Portuguese will be available for CAS students during the summer and throughout the Fall and Spring semesters: http://cas.nyu.edu/page/ug.placementexams.

Portuguese

Spanish speakers with no formal training of Portuguese can register directly for PORT UA 11 Portuguese for Spanish Speakers. 

Other students with no training in Portuguese can register for PORT UA 1 Elementary Portuguese I or PORT UA 10 Intensive Elementary Portuguese. 

Students with previous formal training and/or familiarity in Portuguese must go to the College of Arts and Science’s language exam website and take the online exam, picking Portuguese among the choices: http://www.nyu.edu/cas/flpexam/Students will receive a score placing them in a certain level and must register for that level. 

Students who score above the cutoff can take a written in-person exam for exemption from the CORE requirement. They must sign up in advance for the exemption exam. Information on dates and signing up can be found at http://cas.nyu.edu/page/placementexams. If they wish to continue their study of the language at NYU they must consult directly with the Director of the Language Program spanish.dlp@nyu.edu

Spanish

Students with no previous study of Spanish enroll in SPAN-UA 1 Spanish for Beginners I. Students with 1 year of High School Spanish may enroll in SPAN-UA 1 Spanish for Beginners I or take a placement test to determine placement. All other students must show proof of placement as determined by the SAT II Spanish Subject Test, the IB exam or the AP Test. If a student does not have any form of placement test available and has taken Spanish before, he/she needs to take the NYU Online Placement Exam (link provided at the end of this page).

Students who have not taken a placement test and have taken Spanish before will not be allowed to stay in a course. There are no exceptions to this rule. Students with college Spanish from institutions other than NYU also need to take a placement test.

Spanish Speakers: If you are a Spanish (heritage) speaker, you must a take a test in the department (not the online placement exam) for appropriate placement into SPAN-UA 11 (Spanish for Spanish Speakers) or SPAN-UA 111 (Advanced Spanish for Spanish Speakers). Completion of either of these courses will fulfill the language requirement for heritage speakers. Please call 212-998-8770 for more information, or write the Director of the Language Program spanish.dlp@nyu.edu, or the Coordinator of the Heritage Speakers course for further instructions.

I. SAT II Placement Test

The SAT II Placement Test can be used both for placement and to fulfill the CORE requirement. Please see the box below for placement and CORE requirement equivalencies.

SAT II Placement Test Score

PLACES STUDENT IN

Under 350

SPAN-UA 1 Spanish for Beginners I

350-430

SPAN-UA 1 Spanish for Beginners I or

SPAN-UA 10 Intensive Elementary Spanish

440-500

SPAN-UA 2 Spanish for Beginners II

510-600

SPAN-UA 3 Intermediate Spanish I

550-600

SPAN-UA 3 Intermediate Spanish I or

SPAN-UA 20 Intensive Intermediate Spanish

610-650

SPAN-UA 4 Intermediate Spanish II

660-710

SPAN-UA 100 Advanced Grammar and Composition, also exempt from language requirement

720 or above

Students are exempt from the College's language requirement. If they wish to continue taking classes in Spanish, they need to take a special advanced language placement exam at the Department (not the online WebCAPE) and speak with the Director of the Language Program spanish.dlp@nyu.edu for proper placement into a course, 212-998-8770

II. AP Exams

Students can use the AP exams both for placement and to fulfill the CORE requirement. Please see the box below for placement and CORE requirement equivalencies. Students with the appropriate score in the AP exam will receive 4 university credits, in agreement with CAS and Department of Spanish and Portuguese standards.

AP Score

PLACES STUDENT IN

AP4 or AP5

Language

Students who score a 4 or 5 on the Spanish Language exam are exempt from the College’s language requirement. To continue studying Spanish they can register for SPAN-UA 100 Advanced Grammar and Composition. On the first day of classes they must take an in-class exam to finalize proper course placement. This may result in being asked to drop to a lower level and losing the AP credit.

AP4 Literature

Students receive 4 credits for SPAN-UA 100 and satisfy the College’s language requirement. However, they need to take a language placement and speak with the Director of the Language Program spanish.dlp@nyu.edu if they wish to continue taking classes in Spanish.

AP5 Literature

Students receive 4 credits for SPAN-UA 100 or, with approval of the Director of the Language Program spanish.dlp@nyu.edu, for SPAN-UA 200, and satisfy the College’s language requirement. They need to talk to the Director of the Language Program for proper placement into a course if they wish to continue taking classes in the Department.

AP3 and under

Students need to take the online placement test or show proof of SAT II or IB Spanish score. 

III. IB Tests

Students can use the IB exams both for placement and to fulfill the CORE requirement. Please see the box below for placement and CORE requirement equivalencies.

IB Score

PLACES STUDENT IN

IB6 or IB7

Scores of 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate Higher Level examination are accepted as evidence of intermediate-level accomplishment and exemption from the language requirement.

IB5 and under

Needs to take placement test or show proof of SAT II or AP Spanish score.

IV. WebCAPE Online Exam

If you took an NYU Online Placement Exam during the period between May 2012 - April 2015, then you took the WebCAPE Online Exam. Please note that this exam may not be used to fulfill the CORE requirement; it was only used for placement purposes.

The score and placement recommendation were notified to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese immediately upon completion of the exam. Students had to print their scores and bring them to class on the first week of classes. Please see the box below for placement into Spanish courses with the WebCAPE online placement exam.

WebCAPE Online Exam Score

PLACES STUDENT IN

Below 260

SPAN-UA 1 Spanish for Beginners I

260-279

SPAN-UA 1 Spanish for Beginners I or

SPAN-UA 10 Intensive Elementary Spanish

280-379

SPAN-UA 2 Spanish for Beginners II

380-419

SPAN-UA 3 Intermediate Spanish I

420-449

SPAN-UA 3 Intermediate Spanish I or

SPAN-UA 20 Intensive Intermediate Spanish

450-624

SPAN-UA 4 Intermediate Spanish II

625-750

Eligible to take in-person exam for exemption from the College's requirement.

To continue study of Spanish, also take the in-person written exam offered by CAS.

If instead you register for SPAN-UA 100 Advanced Grammar and Composition, on the first day of classes you will take an in-class exam to finalize proper course placement.

Above 750



IMPORTANT:

Eligible to take in person exam for exemption from College's language requirement. For placement in advanced courses, consult with Spanish Department, 212-998-8770.


Placement test results are not simple recommendations. Students must register for the course they have placed into.

Students registered in the wrong course will be dropped from that class and placed into the appropriate one. 

Only a Course Coordinator or the Director of the Language Program can override a placement test score. Placement test results are valid for 18 months maximum.


V. NYU Online Placement Exam

SAT II Subjetc tests, IB scores and AP exams in Spanish cannot be used for placement once they are 18 months old. Students who do not have an SAT II, an AP or an IB placement exam, or whose results have expired can take NYU’s own Online Placement Exam (see link below) before they can register into a language class. The same is true if they have taken university level Spanish not from an NYU-site. Please note that this exam may not be used to fulfill the CORE requirement; it is only used for placement purposes.

The NYU Online Placement Exam in Spanish consists of a series of multiple-choice format questions on vocabulary, grammar and reading comprehension. You will have up to 45 minutes to take it and can only take this test once, so you must be ready to show your true current level when you take it. At the exam welcome screen students must provide their first name, last name, NYU email and N number. The score and placement recommendation will be notified to the student and to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese immediately upon completion of the exam. Students have to print their scores and bring them to class on the first week of classes.

Students who score above the cutoff can take a written in-person exam for exemption from the CORE requirement. They must sign up in advance for the exemption exam. Information on dates and signing up can be found at http://cas.nyu.edu/page/placementexams (sections IV and V). If they wish to continue their study of the language at NYU they must also take the exemption test to double-check their appropriate placement.

Please be aware that the exam must represent each student’s own work. Students are bound by New York University’s College of Arts and Science Code of Academic Integrity (http://cas.nyu.edu/page/academicintegrity), and must abstain from activities constitutive of academic fraud. To take the NYU online placement exam please go to the following link and select Spanish as your language:

http://www.nyu.edu/cas/flpexam/

Students cannot take this placement test more than once every year and a half (18 months) without the permission of the Director of the Language Program. Call 212-998-8770 or send an email to spanish.dlp@nyu.edu for an appointment. Placement test results are valid for 18 months maximum.

For incoming freshmen, if the SAT II Spanish exam or AP exams were taken in junior year of high school, students are advised to take the NYU Online Placement Exam for a more recent assessment.

Please see the box below for placement into Spanish courses with the NYU Online Placement Exam.

NYU Online Exam ScorePLACES STUDENT IN
0 to 20SPAN-UA 1 Spanish for Beginners I
21 to 26SPAN-UA 1 Spanish for Beginners I or SPAN-UA 10 Intensive Elementary Spanish
27 to 38SPAN-UA 2 Spanish for Beginners II
39 to 42SPAN-UA 3 Intermediate Spanish I
43 to 46
SPAN-UA 3 Intermediate Spanish I or SPAN-UA 20 Intensive Intermediate Spanish
47 to 58SPAN-UA 4 Intermediate Spanish II
59 to 66Eligible to take in-person exam for exemption from the College's requirement.
To continue study of Spanish, also take the in-person written exam offered by CAS.
If instead you register for SPAN-UA 100 Advanced Grammar and Composition, on the first day of classes you will take an in-class exam to finalize proper course placement.
67 to 74 Eligible to take in person exam for exemption from College's language requirement. For placement in advanced courses, consult with Spanish Department, 212-998-8770.

IMPORTANT:

Placement test results are not simple recommendations. Students must register for the course they have placed into. Students registered in the wrong course will be dropped from that class and placed into the appropriate one.

The placement will be assessed by the instructor the first week of classes. If inappropriately placed, the student may be asked to switch to a different class.

Only a Course Coordinator or the Director of the Language Program can override a placement test score. Placement test results are valid for 18 months maximum. Likewise, IB scores, SAT II Subject tests and AP exams in Spanish cannot be used for placement once they are 18 months old.