Fulfilling the Language Requirement in Spanish

The language requirement may be fulfilled in Spanish in one of four ways:

  • By successfully completing Spanish 134, 140, or 145.
  • By presenting a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Spanish Language or Spanish Literature Exam(s).
  • By presenting a score of a 5, 6, or 7 on the International Baccalaureate Higher Level Exam in Spanish. (Standard Level is not accepted.)
  • By presenting a score of 650 or above on the SAT II in Spanish or a comparable score on the written departmental exam (a paper-and-pencil multiple-choice exam taken at Penn). Students with an SAT II score between 600-640 are eligible to take an oral test during the first week of the semester; if they pass the oral test, they are exempt from the language requirement.

Please note that only students who have a scored a 547 or above on our online placement exam are eligible to take the department exam.

If you begin the language sequence at Penn with Spanish 110, 120 or 130, you must complete the sequence by passing Spanish 140 or Spanish 145 at Penn in order to fulfill the language requirement.

Once you begin the language sequence at Penn, if you are considering taking a Spanish class at another institution, please be aware of our Credit Away Policy. 

If you have completed the language requirement through one of the ways described above, please contact the Undergraduate Coordinator to update your record.


Wharton students (entering in 2017 or later) please find information regarding the language requirement here.