Spanish Placement Test

What is the WebCAPE Spanish Placement Test?

The WebCAPE Spanish Placement Test (SPT) is a multiple-choice computerized exam that tests a student’s knowledge of Spanish at different levels of difficulty. The exam discerns a student’s solid knowledge from partial knowledge, which allows the assignment of a score that will predict accurately a student’s ability to succeed at a particular level of Spanish course. The exam measures knowledge, rather than experience, so students should not be bumped up or down a levelbased on the number of years of high school Spanish taken. Doing so will cause the student to struggle, either through lack of preparation or through boredom with previously learned material. In cases of students who score within five points of a cutoff, on either side of it, they should speak with a Spanish advisor to have the proper level assigned.

Who should take the placement exam?

Any student who has taken Spanish prior to coming to Western as well as students who, without having taken formal Spanish classes, have experience with the language, either because Spanish is the language spoken at home, or because they have traveled or lived in Spanish-speaking countries should take the exam. Those students who have no experience with Spanish do not need to take the exam and should enroll in SPAN 101.


Transfer students

Students who have transferred from a community college or a university and did not take any Spanish classes in their prior institution, should follow the directions above. Students who took Spanish in their prior institution should continue at whatever level is next with respect to what they last took at their previous institution. It should not be hard to determine, by looking at their transfer equivalency report, what that level should be.


If you want to schedule an appointment for the exam or have questions about it, please contact Dr. Paqui Paredes (

Page Updated 10.31.2013