Frequently Asked Questions

Deciding which Spanish course to take:

Please select the scenario that best describes your situation:

I have never taken Spanish.

Students with no previous background in the language should start their studies with SPAN 1021 and 1022.

 

I have taken less than two years of Spanish in high school.

You should take the online Placement Test. To do so, please contact the Academic Advisor by e-mail (at spanish.advising@dal.ca) and provide your NetID. Please be aware that we do not award transfer credits for high school courses, inlcuding courses taken through the International Baccalaureate program.

I have taken more than two years of Spanish in high school.

You should contact the Academic Advisor (by e-mail at spanish.advising@dal.ca) and explain your situation. Please be aware that we do not award transfer credits for high school courses, including courses taken through the International Baccalaureate program.

I have some knowledge of Spanish, which I have acquired travelling, taking courses abroad, living in a Spanish-speaking environment, or through family members.

Students with an untutored knowlede of Spanish should take the Online Placement Test. To do so, please contact the Academic Advisor by e-mail (at spanish.advising@dal.ca) and provide your NetID. Native speakers will most likely be denied access to language courses and instead, guided towards courses in literature, culture or other Hispanic topics.

I'm not sure what course to take. Can I write the Placement Test?

The test is only necessary when a student has acquired some untutored knowledge of the language (through travel, family or non-credit courses). If you have no previous knowledge of Spanish, you should register in SPAN 1020.

If you have taken Spanish courses at the university level and are waiting to receive transfer credits, please wait until we have assessed your transcripts before you take the test. If you wish, you may contact the Academic Advisor and advise him or her of your situation.

If you have taken Spanish courses in the past but are concerned about the length of time that has passed since you practised the langauge, please contact the Academic Advisor and advise him or her of your situation.

The test is offered online and it takes a litttle over an hour to complete. To register for the test please contact the Academic Advisor by e-mail (spanish.advising@dal.ca) and provide your NetID.

 

I want to fulfill the language requirement for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Our Beginner and Intermediate courses (SPAN 1020 and 2020 respectively) fulfill the Faculty's language requirement.


 

For more information regarding the Department of Spanish & Latin American Studies Placement Policy or to arrange a placement test please contact spanish.advising@dal.ca