Course Selection Guide

  • If you have no previous knowledge of Spanish, you should take SPAN 101: Fundamentals of Spanish Language and Culture I.
  • If you did all or part of your high school in an immersive Spanish-speaking environment, you may take any 300 or 400 level courses, although we recommend that you begin with SPAN 301: Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies.  300 and 400 level courses count for the Spanish Major.

If you took the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam, follow this guide:

  • Score of 1-2: SPAN 101: Fundamentals of Spanish Language and Culture I
  • Score of 3: SPAN 102: Fundamentals of Spanish Language and Culture II
  • Score of 4: SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture
  • Score of 5: SPAN 202: Advanced Spanish Language and Culture or SPAN 205: Owning the Bilingual Self

 If you took the AP Spanish Literature and Culture Exam, follow this guide:

  • Score of 1: SPAN 101: Fundamentals of Spanish Language and Culture I
  • Score of 2: SPAN 102: Fundamentals of Spanish Language and Culture II
  • Score of 3: SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture
  • Score of 4: SPAN 202: Advanced Spanish Language and Culture or SPAN 205: Owning the Bilingual Self
  • Score of 5: SPAN 301: Literature and Culture of the Hispanic World

If you took the SAT Spanish Subject Test, follow this guide:

  • Score under 380:  SPAN 101: Fundamentals of Spanish Language and Culture I
  • Score of 380-440: SPAN 102: Fundamentals of Spanish Language and Culture II
  • Score of 450-540: SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture
  • Score of 550-640: SPAN 202: Advanced Spanish Language and Culture or SPAN 205: Owning the Bilingual Self
  • Score of 650+: SPAN 301: Literature and Culture of the Hispanic World

If you have any previous knowledge of Spanish but have not taken any of the tests mentioned above, you should take our Online Placement Exam.

Please remember that the placement exam is a tool to help place you in the appropriate language course. You are not expected to know all of the answers, so if you come across something that is not familiar or if you don't know the answer, please don't panic. Answer the question to the best of your ability and move on to the next one. It is important that you take this exam without outside help, in whatever form, as this may skew the results and you might end up in the wrong course.

Please remember that, as stated in the Statement of Intellectual Responsibility in Amherst College's Honor Code: "...the College considers it a violation of the requirements of intellectual responsibility to submit work that is not one's own or otherwise to subvert the conditions under which academic work is performed by oneself or by others." 

Please use your Amherst College Username and ID Number when registering for the Spanish Placement Exam. Take the Online Placement Exam and follow this guide:

  • Score under 200:  SPAN 101: Fundamentals of Spanish Language and Culture I
  • Score of 201-400: SPAN 102: Fundamentals of Spanish Language and Culture II
  • Score of 401-600: SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture
  • Score of 601-800: SPAN 202: Advanced Spanish Language and Culture or SPAN 205: Owning the Bilingual Self
  • Score above 801:  SPAN 301: Literature and Culture of the Hispanic World