Spanish Placement Test

Updated August 2017

NOTE: The makeup for the online placement test will be available from 9am (EST) on August 28th to Noon (EST) on September 1st. Placement results from the makeup test will be posted by Monday, September 4th to the “Language Course Placement” site on Canvas (upon visiting the site, click the “Join” link if needed).


The Yale Spanish placement exam will be administered online. The Spanish Placement exam’s sole purpose is to place you correctly in the proper level so that you will get the most out of your academic experience in one of our courses. Your exam will be evaluated by our department and you will be placed in the appropriate level. The exam is to be taken by you without any outside help or access to resources or materials. All students, including native speakers, who have been exposed to Spanish whether formally or informally, who wish to enroll in a Spanish language course must take the placement examination. Refer to the Department of Spanish & Portuguese website for additional information

Test Dates

The placement test will be available from July 1st at 9am (EST) through August 15th at 5pm (EST).

Technical Requirements

Although the System Recommendations page suggests multiple web browsers can be used, we strongly recommend using the latest version of the Google Chrome web browser (download here), based on our experiences. We also recommend using the latest version of MacOS or Windows (not an electronic tablet or phone), as listed on the System Recommendations page. To be sure all requirements are met, a system check will be performed at the beginning of the test and may also be accessed in advance here. If you experience technical issues, please complete the Placement Test Support Form.

Test Link

Prior to taking the test, please check that all technical requirements (listed above) are met, and please review the Yale College policy on academic honesty. When you are ready to take the placement test, click the link below, and log in with your Yale NetID and password.

Click here to begin the placement test.