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Placement Test

Hispanic Studies wants to ensure students are enrolled at the proper level. Students wishing to continue their studies of the Spanish language and Hispanic Studies, who do not have a qualifying AP or IB exam score, must take our online placement exam; see below guidelines if you took the AP or IB Spanish exam(s).

Here are the steps to follow:
     1. Go to the Spanish Placement Test page 
     2. Log into Moodle using your Davidson credentials
     3. Self-enroll using the key "Spanish2018"     
     4. Follow the steps outlined, and make sure you read the PDF on how to take the test.
     5. Take the test and submit. Once reviewed, your class placement will be posted on Moodle.

     Should you have any questions about placement, send an email to Prof. Rosalba Esparragoza at roscott@davidson.edu.

If you already have your AP/IB test scores:

  • If you have a reported score of 4 or 5 in the AP Language and Culture and/or Literature, the language requirement is satisfied and there is no need to take the Placement Test.
  • If you took the Spanish AP Language and Culture Exam and scored a 4 or 5 and wish to continue with your studies of the Spanish language and Hispanic Studies, you should enroll directly in SPA 260.
  • If you took the Spanish AP Literature Exam and scored a 4 or 5 and wish to continue your studies of the Spanish language and Hispanic Studies, you should enroll directly in SPA 270. In addition, during the first week of class, schedule a meeting with the chair of the Hispanic Studies Department to determine if SPA 270 best suits your needs.
  • If you took the Spanish IB Exam and scored a 6 or 7 and wish to continue with your studies of the Spanish language and Hispanic Studies, you should enroll directly in SPA 260. In addition, during the first week of class, schedule a meeting with the chair of the Hispanic Studies Department to determine if SPA 260 best suits your needs.

For incoming first-year students, if you do not yet have your AP /IB Test Scores, please:

  1. Take the Spanish placement test. When prompted to do so on the placement test, please estimate your AP (or IB) score.
  2. Within two weeks of taking the Spanish Placement exam, review your results online. The link is on the Spanish Placement Exam Moodle page.
  3. Please be advised that you may need to make schedule adjustments if your actual AP or IB test score differs from your estimated score. If this occurs, please email Hispanic Studies Department Interim Chair Prof. Samuel Sánchez y Sánchez, at sasanchezsanchez@davidson.edu.