The Spanish/French Placement Test is intended for students with an interest in studying Spanish or French at The University of Texas at El Paso. The placement test guides both the student and departmental administrators on placement into a language course according to current ability, rather than requiring students to begin with entry level courses. This exam does not give course credit for Spanish (SPAN) courses. It is FOR PLACEMENT PURPOSES ONLY.

Both tests are composed of multiple-choice section and the French test also has a short listening-comprehension section.


Pay the $15 test fee online with a credit card.


Online Registration – If you paid online, refer to your confirmation email and locate the reference number. Then go to and login using your UTEP credentials. Click on "Test Registration" to select the test and test date for your exam, then click "Register". Enter the reference number you received in the confirmation email to reserve a seat.

In-Person Registration – You can also reserve a seat in person at the Office of Student Assessment & Testing, located in the Academic Advising Center Bldg., Suite 127, or by calling the TEST RESERVATION line at (915)747-5009. Refer to the test schedule for dates and times. Once one session gets full, it will no longer be displayed on the registration system.


Students who meet any of the following conditions are restricted from taking the Spanish or French Placement test:

• Any student who has previously taken the Spanish or French Placement Test
• Any student having earned college-level course credit in Spanish or French
• Liberal Art students cannot take the CLEP Spanish test to fulfill language credits. They must take the Spanish Placement test.
Testing Proficiency Waiver in Catalogs Fall 2013 and After
Testing Foreign Langauge Fulfillment Credit Catalogs Before Fall 2013

For further information please contact the Department of Languages and Linguistics at (915) 747- 5767 or in the College of Liberal Arts, Room 137.

Test Schedule

The Office of Student Assessment and Testing offers the Computer Information Systems Placement Test on a weekly basis with the exception of holiday periods. To view available test dates follow this link to the Testing Calendar.


The Spanish/French Placement Test scores are available for the student’s review immediately after completion of the test. A valid ID is required for students requesting test scores upon completion of the test. All test scores are loaded into the student’s record within 24 hours of completing the test.

Test Length

The maximum time allowed is 90 minutes for the Spanish placement test. The French placement test is un-timed.


There are no retakes available for the Spanish/French placement test unless otherwise determined by the Department of Languages and Linguistics. Students may submit a request for "Retake" with the Department of Languages and Linguistics located in the College of Liberal Arts, Room 137.

If permission for Retake is granted, the department will provide the student with written permission to retake the test. There is a $15.00 fee for Spanish/French Retakes. The student is also required to present departmental Retake permission documentation at payment and at the Test Center.

UTEP Codes: ACT: 4223; AP, CLEP, SAT, TOEFL: 6829; THEA: 357; DSST: 8021;