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Language Placement Assessments

The School of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas does not offer a BA in Spanish, French, or German, but it does offer a Minor in Spanish.

French and German courses are available at beginning and intermediate levels; Spanish courses are available at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, as well as courses in Spanish culture and Latin American literature, culture and history. In addition, the School offers advanced Spanish and courses in Spanish culture and Mexican literature, culture and history. Our aim is to prepare students with a high degree of language competence.

A great degree of emphasis in our language classes is placed on listening and speaking as well as reading and writing skills. The scope of language course sequences serves all students and programs of the university and fulfills students' needs by targeting cross-cultural communication, global awareness, international understanding and cultural pluralism. The Spanish, French and German sequence of courses will ensure that students will learn successfully language and culture, effectively and enjoyably, while it becomes a personal, professional, humanistic and rewarding experience.

Spanish Language Placement Test

All students who are taking Spanish for the first time at UT Dallas must take an online placement test before enrolling*. Students who have not taken this test may be asked to take it before being allowed to continue in the course.

To complete the Spanish Language Placement Test, please follow the instructions:

  1. Send an email to Dr. Lorena Camacho-Guardado at [email protected] requesting an invitation to the Spanish Language Placement Test on eLearning.

  2. You will receive an email confirmation from Dr. Lorena Camacho-Guardado. Then, check your eLearning account and look under "My organizations" for "Spanish Language Placement Test". Carefully read the instructions before taking the test.

  3. Take the test. When you begin the test, you may not stop and go back. If you don't know how to answer a question, click "next". Make sure you save your answers before exiting.

  4. Save and/or print your results (score).

  5. Dr. Camacho-Guardado will send you the required permission code for the course you placed into. Students must enroll in the highest course level available as determined by their placement score. Instructors reserve the right to require additional coursework for those students who fail to enroll in a course at the appropriate level. You will need to give your advisor a copy (print out or digital version) to enroll in the course. You are also required to bring a copy of your results to your instructor on the first day of class.

UT Dallas Spanish Language Placement Scores

0-20 = SPAN 1311

61-80 = SPAN 2312

21-40 = SPAN 1312

81-93 = 3000 level SPAN courses

41-60 = SPAN 2311

94-100 = 4000 level SPAN courses

*You don’t need to take the placement test if prior courses and/or credit by test scores satisfy SPAN course prerequisites (this includes credit through courses at UT Dallas, transfer credit, and AP or CLEP credit). AP3 students may enroll in SPAN 1312, AP4 students may enroll in SPAN 2311, and AP5 students may enroll in SPAN 2312 or in SPAN 2341. CLEP level 1 students may enroll in SPAN 2311, and CLEP level 2 students may enroll in SPAN 3365.

French and German Placement Exams

All students who are taking French or German for the first time at UT Dallas must take an online placement exam before enrolling.**

To complete the French or German placement exam:

  1. Go to the testing website.
  1. Complete the online registration form.
    Organization = "The University of Texas at Dallas"
    Language = French or German
    Email = your UTD email address
  1. Pay for the exam. The cost of the exam is $10.00 for one test attempt. You may pay by using a debit or credit card.
  1. You will receive an email confirmation of your purchase with the link and exam ID (password). You do not have to take the exam immediately after registering, but you must take the exam before you can enroll.
  1. Take the exam. When you begin the exam, you may not stop and go back. Make sure you have uninterrupted access to the Internet for a period of about an hour.
  1. Make a screen shot of your results (score and course placement) as evidence (or print a hard copy and digitally scan).
  1. Email the language instructor the digital version of your results.
  1. The instructor will give you a permission code to enroll in the course.  Students must enroll in the highest level course available as determined by their placement score. Instructors reserve the right to require additional assignments based on a higher level of language proficiency for students who enroll in a class that doesn't correspond to their language placement exam score.

WebCAPE Language Placement Scores

German

French

Below 263 = GERM 1311

Below 233 = FREN 1311

263-342 = GERM 1312

233-317 = FREN 1312

343-424 = GERM 2311

317-385 = FREN 2311

425-511 = GERM 2312

385-446 = FREN 2312

**Students do need not take the exam if prior courses and/or credit by exam scores satisfy FREN or GERM course prerequisites (this includes credit through courses at UT Dallas, transfer credit, and AP or CLEP credit).

If you have any questions, please contact:

  • Dr. Lorena Camacho-Guardado, Director of the Spanish Language Program, at [email protected]
  • Maha Fettouh, Instructor of French, at [email protected]
  • Elena Webb, Instructor of German, at [email protected]
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