Texas A&M University-San Antonio offers Spanish language placement exams for current students who would like to enroll into any level Spanish course and as a proficiency exam for College of Education Bilingual Education students.  This exam is used for placement and proficiency purposes only and does not give credit for foreign language classes.  Students already proficient in Spanish can consider taking the CLEP test to get college credit.    

On exam day, students should plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled time to ensure that they are able to begin the exam on time.  Students can schedule their WebCAPE Spanish Placement exam online through the Testing Center's scheduling system.  

Format of Exam

This exam is a computer-based and contains multiple-choice questions.

Time Limit

There is no time limit, but the average amount of time necessary to complete the test is about 30 minutes.

ID Requirements

A valid government-issued ID.


The WebCAPE exam is offered Monday-Friday by appointment at 9:00 a.m. and certain Saturdays by appointment at 9:00 a.m., please call to verify Saturday dates.  Walk-ins are accepted starting at 10:00 a.m. and are offered up to 1 hours before the Testing Center closes.  Walk-ins are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis, as space becomes available.  Please contact the Testing Center for current walk-in hours. 


There is currently no cost for this exam.

Retest Policy

Students taking WebCAPE as a placement exam are allowed a one-time only retake if they are within 10 points of the required score.  A median score will be used for placement.  Students must use the same information for both exams.  Please contact the Testing Center to schedule a retake exam.  

Bilingual students are not eligible to retake this exam.  If you need any additional information, please contact your advisor.


Students authorized accommodations must contact DSST and their respective college.

Course Placement Recommendations

0 - 150 SPAN 1311 Elementary Spanish I
This is an introductory course in Spanish with an emphasis on 

language skills. Topics include basic Spanish vocabulary, verb
tenses, and grammatical structures.

151 - 300 SPAN 1312 Elementary Spanish II
This course is a continuation of SPAN 1311.
301 - 350 SPAN 2311 Intermediate Spanish I
This course emphasizes the development of communicative
skills in both the oral and the written language while providing
a review and synthesis of grammatical structures learned in
first-year Spanish. This course is a continuation of SPAN 1312.
351 - 400 SPAN 2312 Intermediate Spanish II
This course is a continuation of SPAN 2311.
401 - 600 SPAN 2313 Spanish for Heritage Speakers
601 - higher SPAN 2315 Spanish for Heritage Speakers

These are recommended placements. The best placement depends on the student's strength developed in previous course work, enjoyment of Spanish, and whether or not they have been exposed to the language and culture in other ways, such as travel. Students that are unsure about their placement should contact the Spanish program (210) 784-2268 or talk with their academic adviser and ask for help.