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Placement Test Information

Spanish and Portuguese Language Placement Tests

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies in partnership with Avant Assessment offers comprehensive online Spanish and Portuguese placement tests for students seeking placement in Spanish or Portuguese undergraduate language courses, or to demonstrate proficiency for graduation requirements.

Matriculated and non-matriculated UW Seattle undergraduates and graduate students, other UW campus students (Bothell and Tacoma), prospective students, and recently admitted students can take this test. All students who have previously studied either Spanish or Portuguese but do not have college credit in the language must take the placement test in order to register for a course of that language at the UW.

If you have grown up speaking Spanish or in a home where Spanish is spoken, please contact the Spanish Heritage Language Program Director, Maria Gillman, at mgill@uw.edu before registering for the placement test. For Portuguese, please consult the Portuguese Language Program Director Eduardo Viana da Silva at evsilva@uw.edu before registering for the Portuguese placement test, as it may not be required in some cases. They will determine whether you need to take the Avant STAMP 4S placement test or not.

The Avant STAMP 4S placement test is a remotely proctored, web-based test that assesses language proficiency. The test has four sections and test items are based on real-world, everyday situations. On average the test takes around 2 hours and the maximum amount of time allowed is 3 hours.

The test has four sections:

  • Reading (30 multiple choice questions)
  • Writing (3 prompts)
  • Listening (30 multiple choice questions)
  • Speaking (3 prompts)

Preparation

Students do not need to study for the placement test but may review materials from previous courses. You may also use the following guides to prepare:

Scores

The Avant STAMP 4S placement test issues a score between 1 and 6 for each section. The score is used to determine language course placement. Depending on the score, a student may be placed anywhere from SPAN or PORT 101 to SPAN or PORT 301:

UW Course Placement
for Spanish

STAMP Score
(minimum score in all sections: reading, writing, listening and speaking)

SPAN 101 1
SPAN 102 2
SPAN 110 1-2
SPAN 201 4
SPAN 202 5
SPAN 203 6 in Writing or Speaking; 5 in all other sections.
SPAN 301 6

UW Course Placement
for Portuguese

STAMP Score
(minimum score in all sections: reading, writing, listening and speaking)

PORT 110 / PORT 105 1-2
SPAN 103 3
PORT 201 4
PORT 202 5
SPAN 203 6 in Writing or Speaking; 5 in all other sections.
SPAN 301 6

To be placed at a course level, students need to achieve the minimum score for this course level in all sections of the exam. For instance, to be placed in Spanish 103 or Portuguese 103, students need to get a minimum score of 3 in each of the four sections: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Note: To be placed in 203, students need a minimum score of 5 in all sections of the exam and a score of 6 or higher either in writing or in speaking.

To fulfill the language requirement, students need a minimum score of 4 in each of the four sections of the exam: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

If the writing or speaking sections of the exam are evaluated as non-ratable (NR), the student will be placed in the lowest level course (Spanish 101/110, Portuguese 110/105). If one section of the exam is considered non-ratable, the student can choose to retake just this section, paying an additional fee. The full exam can only be retaken every 3 months.

Please note that placement test results will take 1-2 weeks. Once you have completed the test, email Humanities Academic Services at has-center@uw.edu, for next steps. You WILL NOT be able to register yourself. An advisor from HAS will assist you with registering for an open section of the course you have placed into.

Placement test results are accepted for registration one year after the date you received your test results, after which they will expire.

Fees

The Avant STAMP 4S placement test has a fee. The cost of the test is listed on the first page seen when registering for the test. Payment is made online via debit or credit card.

Registering for the Test

Spanish: Register for the Spanish placement test using your UW email address and student ID number if you have one.

Portuguese: We encourage students to first consult with the Portuguese Program Coordinator, Eduardo Viana da Silva, at evsilva@uw.edu as this test may not be required for some cases. Then, if needed, register for the Portuguese placement test using your UW email address and student ID number if you have one.

New first year students should take the exam as soon as possible during the summer and at least 2 weeks before autumn quarter begins. Current UW students should take the placement test before the end of registration Period II to register for courses the next quarter. Current students must take the placement test at least 2 weeks before the quarter begins in which they wish to take a language course. If you have any questions about this policy, email Humanities Academic Services at has-center@uw.edu.

Support

If you have any issues with registering or taking the test please contact Avant’s Support team at support@avantassessment.com or call 1-888-713-7887 for assistance. They are open Monday through Friday 5:00 AM to 4:00 PM Pacific Time.

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