It all starts with your online application. On this form you will be answering some questions regarding how you see your self in the different areas of the Spanish language. Our Academics Department then sends you a formal proposal with a recommended starting level, based on your responses.
Finally your native Spanish tutor, on the first or second Spanish class, ratifies your level or suggests a different starting level. Oral interviews over the phone can also be requested free of charge to make sure your suggested starting level is appropriate.
The most important criteria we take into consideration when suggesting starting levels is what we perceive is your current ability to speak Spanish at the right level. Knowledge of vocabulary in isolation or grammar theory without proper usage in a real conversation in Spanish has minor weight in our assessment. Most people have some prior knowledge of Spanish. They have either studied it in high school or in college. Despite this experience is welcome, students may still be placed in the Beginner I level, White, if not able to recall or use the language verbally in the present tense.
Generally, for example ...
- If you are able to fully express yourself verbally in the present tense in Spanish, then level Yellow (Beginner II) may be the right level for you.
- If you are also able to fully express yourself verbally in the past tense in Spanish, then level Orange (Beginner III) may be the right level for you.