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Placement procedure

Who must take a placement test?

  • If you have never learned any Spanish, you clearly do not have to take a placement test. Your only booking option then is an A1.1 course or a course A1 complete.
  • If you have learned some Spanish in the past, a placement test is mandatory. The result will indicate at which level you can continue at the Language Center.
  • Exception: Students who have successfully completed a Spanish course at the Language Center in the previous semester and have gained a grade of 8 (for A2 complete: 10) or higher can book a class on the next level without an additional test (follow-up registration). However, this is limited to a certain period of time, as specified in the email notifications sent out to those eligible for follow-up registration.

What does the placement test for Spanish look like?

The placement test for Spanish consists of an online- C-test and an oral test in the form of a videoconference.

1. Online C-test (cloze test)

A C-test consists of a set of multiple cloze texts in which the second half of every other word is missing starting from the second sentence. You will try to complete the gaps so that the text makes sense. This can be done by combining your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar as well as by “intelligent guessing”. If you are interested in the design of the test, you can take 5-minute trial test anonymously.

Please note: The result of the online C-test will be shown directly after the test, but this is not the final placement result.

Sommer Semester 2024

Online from Monday, 4 March 2024

ATTENTION: Please use only letters of the German alphabet for entering your personal data. Don’t use Umlauts ('Ä/ä', 'Ü/ü', 'Ö/ö') and special letters such as 'ß' and foreign language letters and accents. 

Please note the following: this placement test is not for the Philology students (Teaching Spanish, B.A. RomKult, etc.). Information about this can be found at:

2. Oral Test

The test takes the form of an oral interview in the form of a videoconference with the coordinator for Spanish or a teacher. During the interview, your communicative ability is tested based on a range of everyday topics. The interview lasts for about 15 minutes.

Here the link for the videoconference room.

The dates available for the oral test are:

Monday, 15 April 2024
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 16 April 2024
09:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 17 April 2024
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration for the video conference room here:

Placement results:

You will be told your final placement result (i.e. both parts combined) after the oral test. You can then also access your result online (Wednesday, 16 April 2024, 5 p.m.).

If the online result shows a "?" your oral test result is still missing. In that case please contact Dr. Edmund Voges.

Pre-Sessional Intensive Course - Spring 2024

Intensive courses in spring 2024 will not be offered.