Spanish Placement Exam at RHIT

The Spanish Placement Exam should taken by students with previous Spanish experience in order to determine which is the best Spanish Class to start with at RHIT. Bear in mind that the roman numerals designating Spanish classes at RHIT (Spanish I, Spanish II, etc.) do not correspond with the numbering systems at your high school or at other universities. Please also remember that the placement exam is not a perfect instrument; it is designed to evaluate a large number of students via computer. After you feel strongly that your placement is not appropriate for you, please schedule an appointment to discuss this with Prof. Gardner. Note that Spanish I (SP111) and Spanish IV (SP211) are offered only during the Fall term, Spanish II (SP112) and Spanish V (SP212) only during the Winter, and Spanish III (SP113) and Spanish VI (SP213) only during the Spring.

The exam results are compiled 5 times per year: in early August for incoming first-year students; during orientation week for returning students; and preceding the enrollment periods for the Winter, Spring, and Fall terms. It is very important to observe following deadlines since the registrar’s office must be notified of all placement results well in advance of the enrollment period in order to unblock registration at the appropriate level, and because time must be allowed for the potential adjustment of placement results.

For Academic Year 2017–2018 the following deadlines apply
To know your placement for this quarter Take the placement exam before You will be given results by
Fall 2017 — incoming first-year students Saturday 26 August 2017 — midnight Monday 28 August 2017 — 5:00pm
Fall 2017 — returning students
or those who missed the previous deadline
Saturday 26 August 2017 — midnight Monday 28 August 2017 — 5:00pm
Winter 2017–2018 Monday 2 October 2017 — midnight Monday 9 October 2017 — 5:00pm
Spring 2018 Monday 8 January 2018 — midnight Monday 15 January 2018 — 5:00pm
Fall 2018 Monday 16 April 2018 — midnight Monday 23 April 2018 — 5:00pm

The exam can be taken online using any computer or device with internet access and a web browser. RHIT does not itself directly maintain the test program and may not be able to fully resolve compatibility issues with the wide variety of browsers, smart phones or other internet devices. Allow about 20 to 30 minutes to take the test, although it may last considerably less than this. Do not use any dictionaries, books, on-line resources or other assistance when taking the test. If you do, your results will be inaccurate, placing you into a Spanish class that is far too hard for you.

The link for the test website is: You will need a password to take the test and can get it from from Professor Gardner. When you request the password, please indicate if you are a native Speaker of Spanish. (For the purposes of this exam, a native speaker is defined as someone who learned Spanish as their first language or concurrently with their first language and who is at least as proficient as the average person who speaks no other language but Spanish. This category may have some overlap with that of Heritage Speaker, which can be defined as someone who grew up in a household where one or more family members spoke Spanish frequently or exclusively, who understands and/or speaks Spanish based wholly or in part on having lived in this linguistic environment, and/or who may be to an extent bilingual as a result of living in this linguistic environment.)

[This page was last updated 6 July 2017.]