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Undergraduate Program Placement

About Placement In Spanish

  • Entering students should consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Professor Maria Paz Pintane (Furman Hall 305) for advice on placement.
  • Students who have not studied Spanish in high school should begin their studies at Vanderbilt in Spanish 1100 (Spanish for True Beginners).
  • Students with high school Spanish on their records who wish to go on must present a College Board Subject test score in Spanish or (preferably) take the departmental placement test.
  • Students who have received a 4 or 5 on the AP test should take Spanish 3301W (Intermediate Spanish Writing). Students with a 3 should take Spanish 2203 (Intermediate Spanish). 
    • If a student with a 4 on the AP test chooses to take SPAN 2203, he or she will lose the AP credit received (in this case, 5 credit hours).

   *Note: Spanish 1102 is only for students continuing from Spanish 1100 or 1101. Incoming students cannot place into 1102. 


 SAT Subject Test

Dept. Placement Test

 Course to be taken


No Spanish












Proficiency for AXLE 520 (SAT), 4 or 5 (AP), 6 or 7 (IB) or a 4

on both the written and oral tests taken at

the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute.














Placement in Portuguese

Students with a strong background in Spanish or another Romance Language should take Portuguese 1103 (Intensive Elementary Portuguese) which covers two semesters in one semester. 

Ready to take the Placement Test?

  1. Follow this link:Spanish Department Language Placement Test

    (For placement purposes only. Arts & Science students who wish to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language for AXLE, but who do not have an appropriate AP, IB, or SAT II test score, must do so via testing through the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute. Students must take both the oral and written tests and score a minimum of 4 on each test to demonstrate proficiency for the purposes of AXLE. Contact the A&S Dean’s office for further information.)

  2. Write down your score and compare it with the blue chart above.
  3. If you need further assistance contact the Director Of Undergraduate Studies Professor Maria Paz Pintane email.