University Testing Services

Spanish Placement

Students who have completed two or more years of Spanish in high-school within the past 5 years may not apply credit in SPAN 1501 and 1502 towards the degree and must take the computerized Spanish placement examination before enrolling in Spanish courses.

There are two Spanish Language tests offered at the University Testing Services for students based on their language background:

  1. Spanish Placement test is for students who learned Spanish formally while in school and those students with no previous Spanish language knowledge or background
  2. Spanish Heritage test is for students who grew up in an environment where Spanish was spoken.  They may be fluent in Spanish or just understand it.

The test you choose depends on the answers to the following questions.  If you answer yes to any of the questions, you will need to take the Spanish Heritage test.  Spanish Heritage test allows you to receive course credit based on your test score.

Misrepresenting your background in Spanish in terms of living experience or prior academic study is a violation of the University of Houston Honesty Policy (article 3.03, item I.) and will be dealt with accordingly.

1.  When I was a child, Spanish was spoken in my house.
2.  I lived in a Spanish-speaking country for two years or longer.
3.  My first language was Spanish (or both Spanish and English).
4.  I speak Spanish, or both Spanish and English with my family and friends.
5.  My parents and/or gransparents often speak to me in Spanish.

Spanish Placement test:

Fee: $10.00
Days: Monday through Friday
Time: 8:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Duration: One hour
Results Available: Immediately

Spanish Placement test may be taken only once. Only scores on the first exam will be honored.

Placement test is administered to assess the student level of mastery and assist in placing students in appropriate courses. Spanish Placement test does NOT allow the students to receive credit.


Spanish Heritage test:

Fee: $15.00
Days: Monday through Friday
Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm 
Duration: Two hours
Results Available: Immediately for lower level courses, and 5 - 7 business days for higher level courses.

The Spanish Heritage test may not be retaken within a six-month period.

ONLY UH students can take this test.  Please put your UH Student ID number in the registration.  Failure to do so may delay your test admission.

The computer-based Spanish Heritage test will place students into SPAN 1507, 2307, 2308, 3308, or higher, and allows student to receive credit based on the test score. 
Please contact Department of Hispanic Studies at 416 Agnes Arnold Hall, or call 713.743.3007 regarding course credit.


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