Language Placement

Please read and use the following information as a guide for deciding your language placement at Pitt.

GUIDELINES FOR SPANISH LANGUAGE PLACEMENT

  •       If you consider yourself a heritage learner, you are a transfer student, or if you took 4 years of Spanish in high school and have additional experience with the language (studying or living abroad in a Spanish speaking country), go to Section C.

  •       If you took the AP Spanish examination, go to Section B.

  •       If you have no Spanish language experience or took Spanish classes in high school go to Section A.

Section A. If you have no Spanish language experience or took Spanish classes in high school, use the chart below as a guide to decide your language course placement.  You don’t need to take a placement test.

Number of Years of Spanish in high school

Course placement at Pitt:

 

0-1  year

 

2 years and you took your last Spanish class more than a year ago   

 

Spanish 0101

Elementary Spanish I

2 years and you took your last Spanish class within the last academic year

 

3-4 years and you took your last Spanish class more than a year ago

Spanish 0115

Elementary Intensive Spanish

3-4 years and you took your last Spanish class within the last academic year

 

Spanish 0103 Intermediate Spanish I

Chart explained:

  •          Students with no Spanish language experience: You will enroll in Spanish 0101 if you have not taken any Spanish classes in the past and you are not a heritage learner.

  •          Students who have taken 2 or fewer years of Spanish in high school have two options:

            Option 1: You will enroll in Spanish 0115 if you want to take a Spanish course in the fall or the spring immediately after you took a Spanish class in high school  (in other words, if you took your last Spanish course within the last academic year).

            Option 2: You will enroll in Spanish 0101 if one or more academic years have passed since you took your last Spanish class in high school.

  •          Students who have taken 3 or 4 years of Spanish in high school, and have had no additional experience with the language have two options:

           Option 1: You will enroll in Spanish 0103 if you want to take a Spanish course in the fall or the spring immediately after you took a Spanish class in high school (in other words, if you took your last Spanish course within the last academic year).

           Option 2: You will enroll in Spanish 0115 if you want to take a Spanish course after one academic year has passed since you took your last Spanish class.

Note: Please note that if you place in Spanish 0101, 0115 or 0103, you do not need to take the placement test or request a permission number.

Section B. If you took the Spanish AP examination in high school, use the following chart as a guide to decide your language course placement at Pitt and to learn the number of credits awarded. You don’t need to take a placement test.

 

AP SPANISH:  Placement and Credits

AP EXAMINATION SCORE

 

Course Placement at Pitt

Credits given for

# of credits awarded

AP Language & Culture Score 3

SPAN 0103 Intermediate Spanish I

NA

0 credits

AP Language & Culture Score 4

SPAN 0104 Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN 0103

3 credits

AP Language & Culture Score 5

SPAN 0120 Advanced Conversation

SPAN 0103

SPAN 0104

6 credits

AP Literature & Culture Scores 4 and 5

SPAN 0125 Advanced Grammar and Composition

SPAN 0104

SPAN 0120

6 credits

Chart explained:

  •          Students with AP Language & Culture Score 3 place in Spanish 0103. No credits awarded

  •          Students with AP Language & Culture Score 4 place in Spanish 0104. 3 credits awarded (Span 0103)

  •          Students with AP Language & Culture Score 5 place in Spanish 0120. 6 credits award (Span 103 and Span 0104)

  •          Students with AP Literature & Culture Score 4&5 place in Spanish 0125. 6 credits awarded (Span 0104 and Span 0120)

Section C. If you place under one of the conditions below, you should take the Spanish Placement Test:

  • You consider yourself a heritage learner (i.e., grew up in a household around Spanish speakers)*

  • You are a transfer student

  • You have taken 4 (four) years of Spanish in high school AND have additional experience with the language (studying or living abroad in a Spanish speaking country).

* If you are not sure if you are a heritage learner, please contact Dolores Lima at dlima@pitt.edu

Instructions for the Spanish Placement Test:

Only transfer students, heritage learner students, and students with more than 4 years of Spanish experience in high school with additional experience are required to take the placement test. The test consists of a 15-20 oral interview assessment with the placement coordinator.

Instructions: Make an appointment to schedule an oral interview here:  Schedule an oral interview. At the end of the interview, a recommendation will be made on your course placement.

For information on Spanish language placement, or if you have any concern, confusion or uncertainty about your course placement, contact the Summer Placement Coordinator, Prof. Apanchanit Viranuvat at apanchanit@pitt.edu

For information on our Spanish minor, our Hispanic Language and Culture Minor, or our Spanish major, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Teresa Clifton at tjclifton@pitt.edu

GUIDELINES FOR PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE PLACEMENT

  •          If you have not taken any Portuguese class, please enroll in PORT0101.

  •          If you have had the equivalent of 4 years of Spanish, you can enroll in PORT1010 (Portuguese for Spanish Speakers*) or PORT0101.

  •          If you have taken Portuguese in high school or have taken any University class in Portuguese, please contact the Portuguese language coordinator to schedule an oral assessment.

* Port1010-Portuguese for Spanish Speakers is designed as an accelerated introductory course for native speakers of Spanish or English speakers with fluency in Spanish (3 years of college Spanish, native proficiency, the equivalent, or permission from the instructor).

For information about the 15-credits Portuguese Minor, study abroad opportunities, or have any questions regarding our classes, please check our website and/or contact the Portuguese language coordinator, Prof. Ana Paula Carvalho at apcst11@pitt.edu.

PERMISSION NUMBERS

In order to enroll in Spanish 0104, Spanish 0120, Spanish 0125 and any other Spanish upper level course, you need to request a permission number. Please click here to complete your request


Spanish Language Program

Apanchanit Viranuvat

Assistant to the Spanish Language Program and Summer Placement Coordinator

1317-I Cathedral of Learning

apanchanit@pitt.edu

 

Dolores Lima

Spanish Language Program Coordinator

1317-C Cathedral of Learning

dlima@pitt.edu

 

Teresa Clifton

Director of Undergraduate Studies and Adviser

1309-D Cathedral of Learning

tjclifton@pitt.edu

 

Portuguese Language Program

Ana Paula Carvalho

Portuguese Language Coordinator and Adviser
412-624-3747
1317-D Cathedral of Learning
apcst11@pitt.edu