How to Register for a Spanish Class

Students who have taken Spanish before college and plan to continue at Hopkins must take the departmental placement exam, called Webcape, before registering for a Spanish class. This exam is available online year-round; for the most accurate placement recommendation, take it just before the semester you actually plan to study the language. This multiple-choice exam is individualized (self-adjusting to the student’s level) and is not timed. It covers grammar, vocabulary and reading skills.

Note: All students who wish to take Spanish at Hopkins must take this placement exam!

If you want to register for a Spanish class:

  1. Print these instructions so that you can refer to them later.
  2. Follow the link below and take the departmental placement test online. YOU MAY ONLY TAKE THE EXAM ONCE.
  3. After taking the exam, send an email to Professor Loreto Sanchez (, Language Program Director for Spanish, asking for permission to sign up for the class that matches your score.
  4. When she receives your email, Professor Sanchez will notify the Registrar’s Office to update your SIS record and permit you to register for a Spanish class at the approved level as soon as registration opens for your cohort.

This placement exam should take approximately 50 minutes to complete. Be sure you allow yourself sufficient time to complete the entire exam at once. The results of this exam are subject to review of the corresponding course coordinator, who might find it necessary to place you in a different level of Spanish. In the meantime, however, you should register for the level determinated by the outcome of this placement exam.  

You must register with your JHU email. Questions regarding the exam or your score should be sent to Professor Loreto Sanchez (

Take Spanish Placement (link to information below)

Spanish Placement Test Ethics Statement

Johns Hopkins University believes strongly that every member of its community should hold the highest standard of integrity for their work and avoid academic dishonesty. As an incoming freshman, you are expected to behave in an ethical manner as you begin your Hopkins career while taking the online French, German, or Spanish placement exam.

You must take this test without receiving assistance from anyone else and without the help of any document (no notes, no book, no dictionary). You are allowed to take this test ONLY ONCE. Reproduction of the material on this test is a violation of ethical standards. Therefore, you should not discuss the questions on these tests with others nor may you provide others with the questions on these tests.

By accepting the following statements, you may begin the online placement exam:

  1. I will do my own work on this test. I will not receive assistance from another person nor from books or other documents.
  2. I will not discuss this test with others or reproduce test questions in any format.
  3. I will take this test online only once.

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