Language Requirement & Placement for Wharton Students (Entering Fall 2017 or Later)

Language Requirement & Placement for Wharton Students (Entering Fall 2017 or Later)

Students entering Wharton in 2017 or later fulfill the Wharton foreign language requirement by completing two semesters of beginning language (SPAN 110 and SPAN 120/121) or by demonstrating that they have achieved an equivalent level. 

Many students enter Penn having already satisfied the language requirement, either via the SAT II or with an appropriate score on the AP or IB Higher Level examinations (see below). It is important to make sure that an official record of your scores has been sent to Penn and that they are posted to your record. Nonetheless, it is a good idea to bring an official copy of your scores to Penn.

Students with previous knowledge of Spanish who have not already fulfilled the language requirement are required to take the in-person Departmental Exam during New Student Orientation (NSO).

Note for the Class of 2024: Since the university has migrated to online instruction and canceled in-person language exams for Fall 2020, incoming first-year Wharton students who have not fulfilled the language requirement with an external exam score should take the on-line placement exam as the first step in placement and fulfillment of the langauge requirement. Those students placing into 130 or 140, or who qualify for an additional assessment, will receive an email by late-August with more information.

Wharton students can fulfill their language requirement in Spanish in one of the following ways:

Placement via the SAT II 

Score Placement

below 380

Spanish 110- Elementary Spanish I

380-440

Spanish 121- Elementary Spanish

450-540

Fulfills Wharton language requirement and places students into SPAN 130

550-640

Fulfills Wharton language requirement and places students into Spanish 140- Intermediate Spanish II

   

Placement via the AP examinations

 

Score Placement

AP Spanish Language or Literature score of 1

  • Students must take the departmental placement exam

AP Spanish Language or Literature score of 2

  • Students must take the departmental placement exam

AP Spanish Language or Literature score of 3

  • Fulfills language requirement
  • Students wishing to continue studying Spanish must take the departmental placement exam

AP Spanish Language or Literature score of 4

  • Fulfills language requirement
  • No credit given
  • Students wishing to continue studying Spanish should enroll in SPAN 202

AP Spanish Language score of 5

  • Fulfills language requirement
  • Receive credit
  • Students wishing to continue in Spanish may enroll in Spanish 212
  • Students may also consider SPAN 205 or SPAN 208 and can consult with the Undergraduate Chair

AP Spanish Literature score of 5

  • Fulfills language requirement
  • Receive credit
  • Students wishing to continue in Spanish may enroll in Spanish 219 or 223
  • Students may also consider SPAN 205 or SPAN 208 and can consult with the Undergraduate Chair

Placement via the IB examinations

 

Score Placement

Standard Level IB examinations

  • Students can not use their score for placement purposes
  • Students must complete the departmental placement exam to determine the appropriate course level

6 or 7 on the IB Higher Level B examination

  • Fulfills language requirement
  • Receive credit
  • Students wishing to continue in Spanish may enroll in Spanish 212
  • Students may also consider SPAN 205 or 208. Students who enter with equivalent credit for SPAN 210 are also eligible to enroll in SPAN 215, 221 or 222 when offered.

5 on the IB Higher Level A examination

  • Fulfills language requirement
  • Receive credit
  • Students wishing to continue in Spanish may enroll in Spanish 212
  • Students may also consider SPAN 205 or 208. Students who enter with equivalent credit for SPAN 210 are also eligible to enroll in SPAN 215, 221 or 222 when offered

6 or 7 on the IB Higher Level A examination

  • Fulfills language requirement
  • Receive credit
  • Students wishing to continue studying Spanish should enroll in Spanish 219 or Spanish 223 or consult the Undergraduate Chair
  • Students may also consider SPAN 205 or 208. Students who enter with equivalent credit for SPAN 210 are also eligible to enroll in SPAN 215, 221 or 222 when offered
   

Departmental Exams during New Student Orientation (NSO) - FALL 2020 Update

Fall 2020 in-person departmental exams usually held during New Student Orientation (NSO) have been cancelled. Please review the Note for the Class of 2024 at the top of this page.

Continuing with Spanish after Fulfilling the Language Requirement

After successfully completing the language requirement by either completing or placing out of Spanish 110 and Spanish 120, Wharton students are encouraged to continue their study of Spanish. The Hispanic Studies department offers courses, certifications, and experiences that allow students to gain an advanced knowledge of the language that can be benefiical for personal and professional advancement.