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Spanish Placement Exam

  1. Should I take this exam?
  2. What level of skill is expected?
  3. How do I prepare?
  4. How does testing work?
  5. How do I schedule an exam?
  6. What information do you need?
  7. When are exams?

Should I take this exam?

Yes, if you:

  • took Spanish in high school over two years ago and were a strong student,
  • do not want to start over again at Spanish 101,
  • want to place directly into Spanish 102 or even higher,
  • and can pay the fee of $91, or your financial aid will cover it, or you are a veteran/active duty so the fee is waived,

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What level of skill is expected?

You should be able to:

  • write Spanish at or above the first semester of college or the first year of high school, with a suggested grade of B,
  • write without resorting to English, even if you forget a word,
  • write in the present (I eat/I am eating) with great accuracy,
  • and use accents with some accuracy/comfort.
  • If you want practice first, consider our Free Spanish 101 Review.

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How do I prepare?

You can get help from:

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How does testing work?

  • The fee is $91. There is no profit; this pays evaluators.
  • The Exam takes up to 2 hours. 
  • The Exam may only be taken ONCE.
  • The Exam is like a final; you will be asked to write to fill in blanks, create dialogues, conjugate verbs, write simple letters...
  • Results take 6-8 weeks and are sent via email. Plan accordingly.
  • Placement is into 101, 102, 201 or even 202 or 250.
  • If placed into 102 or 201, you must take that class within the next three terms.
  • If placed into 202 or 250, the Academic Requirements Report is updated with the LOTER as "Met".
  • We cannot accomodate pets or children.
  • We gladly accomodate documented disabilities. Please include that information in your registration.

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How do I schedule an exam?

  • Provide the LOTER Advisor with the below information.
  • On exam day, arrive 5-10 minutes early. If you are late, you will NOT be allowed to take the test.
  • A notice of 24 hours is required, to reschedule within the same term.
  • The testing fee of $91 must be paid ahead of time. (Details will be sent via email.)
  • The fee is waived for Veterans on GI Bills other than Chapter 31 and for all Active Duty receiving tuition assistance.
  • No refunds are given for no-shows.

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What information do you need?

Provide the below information by emailing llc@csusm.edu or coming to Kellogg 1107:

  1.  Full Legal Name
  2.  Campus ID (Note: Some Nursing Applicants won't have it yet.)
  3.  Phone Number
  4.  Campus Email (Note: If not currently enrolled, you may use another email.)
  5.  Any Additional Reason for Taking the Exam (Nursing Program, RN to BSN Student, Global Studies,...)
  6.  State that You are Taking the SPANISH PLACEMENT EXAM (since we have other exams)
  7.  List Three Preferred Dates & Times from Below

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When are exams?

*Exams are held on-campus, at our Temecula satellite campus, or remotely (for RN to BSN students only).

*Start times are below. Exams take 2 hours. Example: If you choose 10 AM, plan to finish at 12 PM.

Thursdays 9/7 – 11/30: 1:30, 2, 2:30 [except 11/23]

Fridays 9/8 – 12/1: 9:30, 10, 10:30, 1:30, 2, 2:30 [except 11/10 and 11/24]

Every Other Saturday 9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18: 9:30, 10, 10:30, 1:30, 2, 2:30


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