Spanish Placement Test

Updated November 2018


The Yale Spanish Placement Test will be administered online. The Spanish Placement Test’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 test will be evaluated by our department and you will be placed in the appropriate level. The test 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 test. 
DO NOT take the Spanish Placement Test if:
• You have never studied Spanish. You may enroll in Span 110 directly.
• You received a 5 on the AP Spanish Language OR Literature exam.
• You received a 6 on the high level IB exam.

General and Heritage Placement Tests

• Students who studied Spanish as a foreign language will take the General Placement Test.
• Spanish heritage language learners (those who grew up in a family where Spanish was spoken) will take the Heritage Test. 
Once you have logged in through the placement test link (on the main CLS placement page), you will see links for both tests to choose from.
For questions concerning the heritage language placement and courses, please contact Sybil Alexandrov.
Results will be posted prior to the start of school on Canvas (within the “Spanish Placement Test Site”; Canvas link will be available at the bottom of this page).

Further information about placement testing and the use of placement scores at Yale can be found here.

General Information for Online Testing

Dates for Online Testing 

  • Online Placement Tests for Fall Semester: July 1st at 9:00 am (EST) through August 15th at 5:00 pm (EST). 
  • Online Placement Tests for Spring Semester:  December 9th at 9:00 am (EST) through January 10th at 12:00 noon (tentative).

Please note that technical support for online tests is available during all Yale workdays. On weekends and holidays, you may expect a response on the next workday. For a list of Official Yale Holidays, check the online calendar here.


Unless otherwise noted, placement results are provided in one of the following ways: 1) shown on-screen upon completion of the test, 2) posted to Canvas prior to the start of the semester, or 3) distributed by faculty from the department.

Technical Requirements for Online Testing

Please use the latest version of the Google Chrome web browser (downloadable here) and a current version of MacOS or Windows (not an electronic tablet or phone). Prior to taking the test, you can check that your system meets the requirements by first logging in here, then navigating to Tools > Browser Check (if you don’t see the Tools menu, you can visit the Browser Check page here after first logging in). Note: Be sure to use Google Chrome to access the system check link.

Technical Support

If you experience technical issues in accessing or taking the test, please complete the Placement Test Support Form.

Academic Honesty

Before taking the placement test, please read Yale College’s policy on academic honesty.

Test Link

After checking that your computer meets the technical requirements above, click the test link below (if you login outside the stated test dates, the test will be unavailable).

Test Link