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Learn about the Spanish language and culture!

The career advantage you’ll have if you speak Spanish cannot be overstated. Besides having the second highest number of native speakers, worldwide, and being one of the six official languages of the United Nations, Spanish is spoken by more 30 million people in the U.S. alone. That’s one person out of every ten.

Spanish Placement Information:

Students who wish to place into Elementary II or Intermediate language classes without the proper pre-requisites may do so in one of the following ways:

  • Take the placement exam at NWACC's Testing Center located on the third floor of the Becky Paneitz Student Center. International Language Faculty will then evaluate the exam and advise students as to where they place in our program. The exam is free and takes approximately thirty minutes.

  • Take the Spanish CLEP test at NWACC's Testing Center or other testing site. This reading and listening test takes approximately nine minutes and costs $90. Students who score a minimum of fifty (50) are eligible to receive six hours of Spanish college credit on their transcript. Students who score a sixty-six (66) are eligible to receive twelve hours of Spanish college credit on their transcript. However, it is important for transfer students to know that not all transfer institutions accept CLEP credit for foreign languages.  

CLEP Examinations Approved

and Accepted by NWACC

NWACC Course


Min Test



Credit Hour


SPAN 1003 & 1013




SPAN 2003 7 2013



For students who have made the minimum score below on an AP language examination may receive the following credit:

AP Examination

NWACC Course

Min Score


SPAN 1013 & 2003



SPAN 1013, 2003, & 2013


Students with a Spanish speaking background who want to develop or augment their academic language skills should consider Spanish for Heritage Speakers (SPAN 2033). 

Students who plan to take exams are urged to do so well before the registration period in order to sign up for the correct level of the target language and plan the rest of their schedule accordingly.