The Spanish Exemption Test is offered to students as an alternative means for
satisfying the Language Other Than English General Education requirement (Category VI)
and a portion of the International/Global Issues (Category VIII) requirements.
You should take this test if you have a strong background in Spanish and you are
not interested in taking additional course work.
highest proficiency level attainable at UCI by taking the Spanish Exemption
exam is 2A.
you are an International Studies major, this exemption exam cannot satisfy
the 2B level foreign language requirement.
This test is not a placement test. Click here for information to enroll in a Spanish course at UCI.
This test may be taken
only once. No University credit is given. There is no fee to take this test
if you are a UCI student.
This exam consists of two
Part I is a three-hour written examination divided as follows:
(multiple-choice) - 90 minutes
- Listening (multiple/choice)
- 20 minutes
- Writing (short answer
and 3/4 page essay in Spanish) - one-hour
Part II is a 15-minute
oral exam with a faculty member of the Spanish Department for those who pass
This exam was developed by the Spanish Department to cover topics normally learned
in the Spanish 1C/2A courses at UCI. Topics on the test may include:
- Para/por, saber/conocer,
- Verb tenses and mood
- Commands-formal and informal
- Reading and listening
FOR THE EXAM
The Spanish Exemption Exam
is designed for students who have strong preparation in Spanish (two, three,
or four years in secondary school or the equivalent). Since the test closely
matches the curriculum, the best preparation is to review the topics found in
the first-year of Spanish textbook.
Click HERE for the exam sample items.
The Spanish Test will be administered
during the academic year only. Registration, required to take the test, will
be open during the second week of each quarter. To register, report in person with your UCI photo ID card to the Academic Testing Center,
3040 Anteater Instruction and Research Building. At the time you register, you
will be given information on the date, time, and location of the test.
Results will not be available
by telephone; rather, the student will be notified via e-mail to come by the
Academic Testing Center when results are in. A paper copy
of test results will be available during Finals Week in the Academic Testing
Center. Presentation of a UCI photo ID is a requirement. Notification will be
sent to each student's academic unit. However, the results will not appear on
the student's transcript.