Placement Exam

Before you take the test, remember:

  1. All students who have taken Spanish and/or have experience interacting in Spanish (with family, and/or friends, members of their community, through study abroad, etc.) MUST take the placement test and questionnaire.

  2. Students who have taken one or more AP Spanish courses MUST register for Spanish 209 or Spanish 212. FIRST YEAR STUDENTS: If you have taken AP Spanish courses and/or have taken the Spanish AP exam, please register for Spanish 209 or Spanish 212 even if you have not received your score yet. You will need to contact the course instructor to receive permission to register.

  3. Students who require disability accommodations for placement exams must register with Mount Holyoke Access Ability Services. For information contact or 413-538-2634.

  4. The placement test must be taken within two months prior to registration.

To take the Spanish placement test:

  1. Go to the Mount Holyoke College Placement Exam. This link will navigate you away from the Mount Holyoke College website.

  2. Register with your email address and MHC ID and create your own password. Without your MHC email, you will not be able to register in my.mtholyoke for your Spanish Class.

  3. Remember to take the questionnaire as well as the placement test.


200 and below = Spanish 101
between 201 and 400 = Spanish 199
between 401 and 600 = Spanish 201
625 and above = Spanish 209 or 212. (Email the Language Program Director, Esther Castro Cuenca or the Chair of the Department, Nieves Romero-Díaz to select the appropriate course above 201.)

Once enrolled in a MHC Spanish course:

  1. On the second day of class you will take a brief in-class test that the instructor will use to make a final recommendation on the appropriate placement level. No grade will be assigned to this test.
  2. Students are strongly encouraged to take their language courses in close succession, without lapses between one level and the next.

Exemption for Spanish Placement

  1. Only students with both native or near-native fluency and formal training in courses equivalent to our advanced courses can be exempted from the language requirement.
  2. High placement scores without formal training in Spanish do not warrant exemption.
  3. International students are not automatically exempt from the language requirement.
  4. Students may contact Amber Douglas, Dean of Studies with questions on qualifying for exemption (call x 3294 for an appointment).