Spanish Placement Tool and Pre-Requisite/Co-Requisite Challenge

Nobody wants to be in the wrong class! If it’s too easy, you will be bored and disengaged. If it’s too hard, you feel extremely  frustrated. We hope this self-placement tool and the advice of our well-informed counselors will help you start out in the Spanish class that is right for you.

If you took the pre-requisite level in a different institution, or acquired linguistic skills in another context (travelling, living with native speakers, etc.) or you think you do not need the pre-requisite, please jump to “complete the form Petition for Pre-Requisite/Co-Requisite Challenge” at the bottom of this page. Be very careful with this decision. You may assume you are ready for a higher class and you may not be ready. This will not only be a disadvantage for you but also a disruption for the class you are taking.  This is why we highly recommend you to take the self-placement tool anyway.

We do not offer credit by examination in any of our language classes or language requisites. As it is clearly stated in the course outlines, our courses are not “eligible for credit by exam” (section 9. OTHER CATALOG INFORMATION, sub section D)

¿Eres un/a estudiante bilingüe? Por favor visita esta página antes de usar esta herramienta: Español para nativos / Spanish for students whose native language is Spanish

Our placement tool is now in Canvas. You will need to be a Peralta student and have a Peralta student account before you can take the tool. First self-enroll in our BCC Modern Languages Department Resources site here: then take the placement tool (you have only ONE attempt).  ¡Buena suerte!

If you cannot access the site, please contact our helpdesk: or call 24/7 Canvas support at (844) 600-4955

When you finish and get your score, check the “SAPE Placement by Tool Score” and see where you place.

If you place yourself above Spanish 1A, you will need to:

make an appointment at the BCC Counseling Office and have them waive the prerequisites so you can enroll in the appropriate class for you. Print or save a copy of your results to show to your counselor. Some counselors may have access to your scores on Canvas to confirm your self-placement.


complete the form Petition for Pre-Requisite/Co-Requisite Challenge and send this form to Admissions and Records (BCC-Admissions& before you register in this class. The Chair of the Modern Language Department has to receive the form from A&R. After he/she reviews the information in the form and if he/she signs the form, you will be added to the class. This process takes no more than a week.