Placement & GER
All students who intend to take Spanish at Lawrence (including SPAN 101) are required to take the online placement examination at the following URL:
When you log in, you will be prompted for your student ID. If you are an incoming freshman taking the test over the summer, just type "new student" (without quotes). You will also be prompted for your email address. You can enter one or "NA" (without quotes). If you have questions about this exam or problems logging in, please contact the chairperson of the Spanish department, Prof. Tapia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATISFYING THE LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT:
As part of its General Education Requirements, Lawrence requires all students to attain a foreign language competency at the minimum level equivalent to three college terms of study (equivalent to successful completion of SPAN 201 or SPAN 200).
Students can satisfy this requirement in several different ways. The options include:
- Successfully completing a SPANISH 200-level class. Beginners should take SPAN 101, 102 and 201 as a sequence (or the 18-unit intensive summer course, SPAN 200). Always follow the recommendation accompanying your online placement score.
- Placing above the level of SPAN 201 on the Lawrence placement examination in Spanish AND also providing additional proof of competency. Communicative and cultural competency in Spanish will be assessed according to the evaluation tools and expected learning outcomes set for for SPAN 201, which include an oral interview in Spanish (contact prof. Rosa Tapia for additional details or to make an appointment); NOTE: this option satisfies the language requirement, but carries no additional academic credit;
- Obtaining the score equivalent to the level of second year on the CLEP examination in Spanish; NOTE: this option satisfies the language requirement, but carries no additional academic credit; placing below the second year level will require taking the Lawrence placement test before being allowed to enroll in Spanish courses; CLEP at the level equivalent to one year's college work is sufficient for Music Conservatory majors;
- Obtaining a score of 630 or higher on the SAT Subject Spanish or Spanish with Listening exam; NOTE: this option satisfies the language requirement, but carries no additional academic credit; placing below 630 level will require taking the Lawrence placement test before being allowed to enroll in Spanish courses;
- Obtaining a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) examination in Spanish Language or Spanish Literature; NOTE: this option satisfies the requirement and carries credit equivalent to one 6 unit course;
- Obtaining a score of 6 or higher on the Spanish International Baccalaureate Examination at the advanced level; NOTE: this option satisfies the requirement and carries credit equivalent to one 6 unit course.
PLEASE NOTE: Lawrence University does not conduct the CLEP, SAT II, AP, or IBO examinations.
UPPER DIVISION COURSES:
For SPAN 300-level courses and above, students should be mindful of the prerequisites to take a particular course and obtain approval from the professor before registering. Spanish majors and minors should begin taking Spanish during their freshman year.