AP Spanish Language Exam Information

Learn What Score You'll Need and What Course Credit You'll Receive

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The AP Spanish Language exam has a listening, reading, and writing section. In 2016, over 155,000 students took the exam and those test-takers earned a mean score of 3.78. Nearly all colleges and universities have a language requirement, and a high score on the AP Spanish Language exam often fulfills part or all of this requirement.

The chart below presents some representative data from a variety of colleges and universities.

This information is meant to provide a general overview of the scoring and placement practices related to the AP Spanish Language exam. For colleges not listed below, you'll need to search the school's website or contact the appropriate Registrar's office to get AP placement information.

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The distribution of scores for the AP Spanish Language exam is as follows (2016 data):

  • 5 - 27.8%
  • 4 - 34.7%
  • 3 - 26.9%
  • 2 - 9.2%
  • 1 - 1.4%

Note that these scores represent the total group of students who took the exam, including students who studied outside of the U.S. and may be regular speakers of Spanish. For the standard group of test-takers (those from the U.S. who learned Spanish in U.S. schools), the mean score was a 3.53, and a smaller percentage of students received a 4 or 5.

To learn more specific information about the AP Spanish Language exam, be sure to visit the official College Board website.

AP Spanish Language Scores and Placement
CollegeScore NeededPlacement Credit
Grinnell College4 or 54 semester credits; no placement
LSU3, 4 or 5SPAN 1101 and 1102 (8 credits) for a 3; SPAN 1101, 1102, and 2101 (11 credits) for a 4; SPAN 1101, 1102, 2101, and 2102 (14 credits) for a 5
MIT59 general elective credits; no placement
Mississippi State University3, 4 or 5FLS 1113, 1123, 2133 (9 credits) for a 3; FLS 1113,1123, 2133, 2143 (12 credits) for a 4 or 5
Notre Dame1, 2, 3, 4 or 5Spanish 10101 (3 credits) for a 1; Spanish 10101 and 10102 (6 credits) for a 2; Spanish 10102 and 20201 (6 credits) for a 3; Spanish 20201 and 20202 (6 credits) for a 4 or 5
Reed College4 or 51 credit
Stanford University510 quarter units; placement exam required if continuing in Spanish
Truman State University3, 4 or 5SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I and II (6 credits) for a 3; SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I and II, and SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I (9 credits) for a 4; SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I and II and SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I and II (12 credits) for a 5
UCLA (School of Letters and Science)3, 4 or 58 credits; language requirement fulfilled
Yale University4 or 52 credits
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