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About the 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. 

Spanish Language Profi​ciency Test Registration Package 
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.

Description of Test
  • LISTENING: candidates will listen to an interview and provide a written composition 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: candidates will respond to a series of questions by recording their answers in a voice mail message

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. 


In order to maintain the integrity of the testing process, on-line candidates for International Languages (Spanish), Part I must find a proctor to observe them while they do the test. Proctors may be a Principal, a Vice-Principal, a certified teacher or a university faculty member. Prospective proctors must complete the Proctor Confirmation Form and fax it directly to the Registrar’s Office before the candidate takes the test. 

Test Locations

Candidates and their proctors can determine a test location that suits them. Please indicate the selected location on the Proctor Confirmation Form.

Technical Requirements

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. 

          Adding Accented Spanish Characters in Windows​ 

          Adding Accented Spanish Characters in Mac OS 

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 the Registrar's Office with an e-mail address so they can receive information about proctoring, 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 techsrv@nipissingu.ca 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.
Students should register for the test through the Office of the Registrar by submitting the registration package as indicated above.  Test registration and payment must be finalized one week prior to the test date chosen.  

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