Spanish Placement Exam

Important information: The placement exam is a tool used to help determine where your high school level of Spanish corresponds to the course levels at CSB/SJU. The exam is not a means to "test out" of the global language proficiency requirement, nor do you receive credit for your score or placement. Therefore, to avoid skewing your proper placement, we strongly advise you not to use study materials while taking the exam.

Your placement score and course level will be displayed after you finish the exam. You can always check your placement any time by logging back into the exam.

How To Find Language Placement Test Scores

Step 1: Log into Banner Self Service.
Step 2: Select “Student & Financial Aid Self Services”
Step 3: Select “Student Profile”
Step 4: Select “Prior Education and Testing” and you should be able to find your test scores for your language placement test.

PLEASE NOTE: Exam scores are not automatically loaded into Banner and may take up to 72 hours to appear.

These are the cut-off scores for the Spanish Placement Exam on TrueNorth:

Below 165           HISP 111
165-315                HISP 112
316-465                HISP 211
Above 465           HISP 230 (formerly HISP 212)

Placement Exam for Advanced Spanish Learners

Hispanic Studies also offers the SHL Placement Exam for advanced, heritage and native-speaking students who plan to take additional, upper-level Spanish course work at CSB/SJU as part of the major or minor. Only students with placement exam scores of 600 or higher are eligible to take this exam. It is administered on campus only. Register for this exam here.

Spanish Proficiency Exam

Students who do not plan to major or minor in Hispanic Studies have the option to take the STAMP Spanish Proficiency Exam. Students with scores of 465 or higher are eligible. This exam is administered on campus only. Register for this exam here.

Contact Jenn Schwichtenberg at or call (320) 363-5067 for more information.