Spanish Multimedia Computer Adaptive Test (MultiCAT)

Who must take the MultiCAT placement test?

All students who have studied Spanish for more than 1 year in middle or high school and have used Spanish to fulfill the OSU admissions requirement, but who do not have any previous Spanish credit at The Ohio State University or another university/college, must take the MultiCAT (Multimedia Computer Adaptive Test). A picture I.D. is required. The MulitCAT is available on Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:00pm in 120 HH during the semester.  If you have questions, please call the Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures (614-292-4361) and/or see our Language Placement Testing site.

Who is not required to take the MultiCAT?

  • Students who have been out of high school for over five years and who have had no practice with Spanish in the meantime. These students may enroll in Spanish 1101.01.
  • Students who have 1 year or less of high school Spanish.
  • Students who completed high school in a Spanish-speaking country.
  • Transfer students who took Spanish courses at another university. Contact the Transfer Credit Center to have credits evaluated.
  • Students who have already taken the MultiCAT. 
  • Students who have credit for a previous Spanish course at OSU. You should enroll in the next course in the sequence. Students who have had a long hiatus since their previous Spanish course may elect to repeat the previous course (with the understanding that credit for the same course cannot count twice for graduation hours). Please contact Dr. Holly Nibert, Megan Lobert, or Dr. Richard Henricksen for approval. Free tutoring is available in our Teaching and Learning Centers. A list of private tutors is also available at Tutoring and Translating Services
  • If you believe that you have been placed too low or too high or have a placement question, please contact Dr. Holly NibertMegan Lobert, or Dr. Richard Henricksen

MultiCAT Scores

If you do not remember your MultiCAT score, contact the Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures, 100 Hagerty Hall, (614) 292-4361.

1 Year of High School Study

  • A score between 0 - 20.5 places into Spanish 1101.01 
  • A score between 20.6 - 25.5 places into Spanish 1102.01
  • A score between 25.6 - 29.5 places into Spanish 1103.01 or 1103.51
  • A score between 29.6 - 32+  places into Spanish 2202

2 Years of High School Study

  • A score between 0 - 20.5 places into Spanish 1101.01 
  • A score between 20.6 - 25.5 places into Spanish 1102.01
  • A score between 25.6 - 29.5 places into Spanish 1103.01 or 1103.51
  • A score between 29.6 - 32+  places into Spanish 2202

3 Years of High School Study

  • A score between 0 - 20.5 places into Spanish 1155
  • A score between 20.6 - 25.5 places into Spanish 1102.01
  • A score between 25.6 - 29.5 places into Spanish 1103.01 or 1103.51
  • A score between 29.6 - 32+ places into Spanish 2202

4 Years of High School Study

  • A score between 0 - 20.5 places into Spanish 1155
  • A score between 20.6 - 25.5 places into Spanish 1102.01
  • A score between 25.6 - 29.5 places into Spanish 1103.01 or 1103.51
  • A score between 29.6 - 32+ places into Spanish 2202
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