Spanish Language Proficiency Test

Female Language Proficiency Test

All course candidates for International Languages (Spanish), Part I must successfully complete an ONLINE oral and written Spanish language proficiency test as an entrance requirement. The test assures that candidates possess a minimum competency in oral and written Spanish.

There will be no exemptions to the test.

The on-line Spanish Language proficiency test is presented as a “course” on the Blackboard CE learning management system and is made available to test takers on specific weeks during the testing period.

Each section of the test is timed separately.

ONLINE Spanish Proficiency Test (Blackboard)

Online registration begins February 21, 2024

Candidates must be successful in the online test for entrance in International Languages (Spanish), Part I AQ course that is offered online. We will not hold any on-site test dates. Students cannot be retested in same testing period as their first attempt. We encourage candidates to attempt the test before the last testing period in the event a retest is required.

Candidates must register for the test no later than 5 days prior to attempting the test. No Exceptions.

Testing Dates for our Spring/Summer 2024 Online Session:

Please note that online registration will be accepted between the dates of February 21 - May 7, 2024.

  • LISTENING: candidates will listen to two audio clips and answer multiple choice questions to demonstrate comprehension
  • READING: candidates will read short passages and answer multiple choice questions
  • WRITING: candidates will write text based on one or more themes provided
  • SPEAKING: upon completion of the first three sections of the online test, candidates click to the test's final section where they will see three topics; candidates will choose one topic and will have a maximum of 15 minutes to prepare a 4-5 minute oral presentation which speaks to the chosen theme, ensuring that only limited notes and no scripts are used. The test facilitator will then telephone the candidate, listen to the presentation, and will follow up with related questions in order to engage in a spontaneous interaction. 

The passing mark is 70% on all components. Each year, test dates will be published indicating the dates and times of the test. Candidates who fail the test are allowed to take a retest once in a calendar year. If candidates pass the test but do not enroll in courses immediately, their test results will be valid for one calendar year.

The test can be taken on a Mac or Windows computer system that has speakers. Headphones may also be used. You will also need telephone access for one portion of the test.

Candidates must know how to create accented characters. It is strongly recommended that candidates test this ahead of time using the same system you will be using for the on-line test. If using a standard desktop system, then the .pdf files posted below can be helpful.

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Please make sure that you have the current version of Adobe Reader installed.

Using Laptops

If the computer is a laptop, it is essential that you know how to activate the laptop’s special characters feature. How this works varies depending on the make and model of the laptop. If you do not know how to do this with the laptop you plan to use, an on-line search should call up this information. Once you have found it, TEST the system’s method of generating the characters. You do not want to discover that the instructions do not produce the desired results after you have started your test.

NOTE: The ONLY resource that candidates may use during the test is a list of keyboard codes that create accents. You may download and print out the list from the links above.

After Registration

It is absolutely essential that candidates wishing to do the test on-line provide a valid e-mail address so they can receive information the test's availability period and how to log in.

Once you have paid for your test, you will receive an e-mail message that provides direction on how to log in and when the test will become available. It is strongly recommended that you test the log in credentials as soon as possible, using the system you plan to use for the test.

As well, all candidates for the on-line test are enrolled in a Demo. This is actually a course set up in Blackboard which allows you to determine if the system you plan to use can interact successfully with the various portions of the on-line proficiency test. Please explore this demo to ensure that you can hear the audio, interact with a quiz and insert special characters. You may test any portion of the demo as many times as you wish.

For assistance with technical issues, please email or call UTS at (705) 474-3450 ext. 4342.

A non-refundable fee of $80 will be charged for both the initial test and the retest. This fee must be paid prior to the test.

Test registration and payment must be finalized one week prior to the test date chosen.