***Special session for new students who intend to test out of the language requirement: Sept. 7, 2:30 - 5:30 pm, Main Hall 108 (Humanities Computer Lab)***


If you plan to register for Spanish classes at Lawrence (including SPAN 101), you are required to take the online placement test, but you may do so on your own:


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Returning students, enter your student ID and Lawrence email for login. 

Incoming students, just type new student and provide the email address you check regularly.

This test is only for placement purposes. It carries no academic credit and it does not count toward any grades at Lawrence.

You may take the test on your own and there is no time limit, although it usually takes 30 minutes or less. Please contact Prof. Tapia at rosa.tapia@lawrence.edu if there are circumstances that justify a retake (for example, technical problems) or if you have any questions.


Lawrence has a second language competency requirement for graduation.

For Spanish, this means successful completion of SPAN 201 (or the summer intensive SPAN 200) for students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts, and SPAN 102 for Bachelor of Music candidates.

How can I satisfy the requirement?

  1. Passing a SPANISH 200-level class. Beginners can take SPAN 101, 102 and 201 in sequence (or the 18-unit intensive summer course, SPAN 200). Always follow the recommendation accompanying your online placement score.
  2. Taking a written and oral competency examination in Spanish. (Contact the Spanish Dept. for scheduling this exam.)
  3. A score equivalent to the second-year level on the CLEP examination in Spanish (63 and above). A CLEP score at the one-year level of competency is sufficient for Bachelor of Music students (52-63).
  4. A score of 630 or higher on the SAT Subject Spanish or Spanish with Listening exam.
  5. A score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) examination in Spanish Language and Culture exam. Credit equivalent to one 6-unit course at the SPAN 202 level.
  6. A score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) examination in Spanish Literature. Credit equivalent to one 6-unit course at the SPAN 300 level and it fulfills one course requirement toward the Spanish major or minor.
  7. A score of 6 or higher on the Spanish International Baccalaureate Examination at the advanced level. Carries credit equivalent to one 6-unit course at the SPAN 202 level.

PLEASE NOTE: Lawrence University does not conduct the CLEP, SAT II, AP, or IBO examinations. Options 1-4 do not carry academic credit.

Spanish majors and minors are advised to complete the language competency GER in Spanish during their freshman year. Spanish 100-200 level courses may not be taken S/U. 

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