Placement Test

Spanish Language Placement Test

The purpose of the test is to place students in the appropriate language courses.

The Placement test will open in Canvas Wednesday, June 15th at 8:00AM (ET) through Friday, July 29th at 5:00PM (ET). Instructions for how to access the test are below.

Please note that the results of the test are only valid for one academic year. Students may take the test only once in a given academic year.

Special note for the Class of 2024 and the Class of 2025: Students who scored a 5 on the Spanish Language AP test, or 760 or higher on the Spanish Language SAT II test and took either test in 2020 or in 2021, must take the Spanish Placement Test to verify advanced placement.  We encourage students with advanced placement to consider taking a Spanish course at the 200 level or above. These students also qualify to take Portuguese 106.

Students who did not take an AP or SAT II test, or earned scores below 5 on the AP or below 760 on the SAT II, should take the online Placement Test. Based on the results, students will be placed only in SPA 101, 103, 105 or 108.

Students whose performance on the online Placement Test indicates that they are proficient in Spanish and may be eligible to place out of the foreign language requirement, have to take a second, brief exam, to verify that they have satisfied the foreign language requirement. Please contact Catalina Méndez Vallejo.

To Take the Spanish Language Placement Test

1. Click on the Spanish Language Placement Test Self-Enrollment Link below.

Spanish Language Placement Test Self-Enrollment Link:

(Note: You may be prompted to log in to Canvas. If so, click the Princeton netID, button and enter your credentials in the space provided.)

2. When the Canvas site loads, click the Enroll in Course button.

3. At that point, you’ll be added to the course roster. You are not required to take the test immediately; you can return to the test site at any time during the testing period by following the link that will appear in your Canvas dashboard. (Allow enough time to complete the test by the deadline.)

If the course site is available, you will be given the choice to visit the Language Placement Test site or return to your Canvas Dashboard. If you do not access the Placement Test site immediately, you can always access it from your Canvas Dashboard.

If the course site is not available, you will receive an email from Canvas once the site is made available.

Portuguese Language Placement

Portuguese language placement is handled on a one-on-one basis; there is no online Portuguese language placement test.  For more information, please contact Prof. Nicola Cooney.


Associate Director of Spanish Language Program:
Catalina Méndez Vallejo

Director of Portuguese Language Program:
Nicola Cooney