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Foreign Languages and Cultures Language Placement Testing
Foreign Language Placement Testing


Placement Test Information / Guidelines

The Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures uses the Brigham Young University WebCAPE Placement Exam in Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish to determine the appropriate course placement for each student. This online multiple choice test can be taken either at home, in a library, or in the Language Learning Resource Center in Thompson 210 on both PC and Mac computers, and typically takes between 20-25 minutes.

Please note: This exam is offered for placement purposes only. It cannot be used for students to “test out” of a foreign language course requirement.*

  • The cost of the exam is $10, payable by credit card through the WebCAPE website.
  • Students should take the test only once. Only the first recorded score will be used for student placement.
  • No books, notes, or any other materials / resources are allowed during the exam. This exam is used to place students into the course that will best fit their needs. Those who “cheat” by receiving outside help or by using restricted materials will likely be placed in a course that is too difficult for their current ability level.

Instructions

  • Go to: https://www.perpetualworks.com/secure/register/student/
  • Select “Washington State University” as your Organization from the drop-down menu
  • Select your Test Language from the drop-down menu
  • Fill out the rest of the form with the provided information, including payment information
  • Click Submit Information to begin

Reporting Placement Test Scores

The WebCAPE system provides each student with his/her final score immediately.   After completing the placement test, students should either print the report and/or take a screenshot of the results.  The student should then report the score to Daniel Liera-Huchim (daniel.liera-huchim@wsu.edu), 509-335-4135, in Thompson Hall 110, who will use this information to enroll the student in the appropriate language course.  When submitting their scores, students should check the current schedule of classes (www.schedules.wsu.edu), and indicate the language class and section number in which they wish to enroll.

ARABIC, KOREAN and JAPANESE LANGUAGE placement testing is not currently offered through WebCAPE.  Please contact Department of Foreign Languages for help with placement testing:   drop by Thompson Hall 110, 509-335-4135, or by email at forlang@wsu.edu.

WebCAPE Score Charts

CHINESE

If your score is…       then you should enroll in…

Below 200…………….. CHINESE 101
200-399……………….  CHINESE 102
400-599……………….  CHINESE 203
Above 599……………  CHINESE 204

If your score is above 599, please contact the Department of Foreign Languages for placement in Thompson Hall 110, or by email at forlang@wsu.edu.

FRENCH

If your score is…       then you should enroll in…

Below 260……………… FRENCH 101
260-336………………… FRENCH 102
337-402………………… FRENCH 203
Above 403…………….. FRENCH 204/261

If your score is above 403, please contact the Department of Foreign Languages for placement in Thompson Hall 110, or by email at forlang@wsu.edu.

GERMAN

If your score is…       then you should enroll in…

Below 292……………… GERMAN 101
292-383………………… GERMAN 102
384-492………………… GERMAN 203
Above 493…………….. GERMAN 204/261

If your score is above 493, please contact the Department of Foreign Languages for placement in Thompson Hall 110, or by email at forlang@wsu.edu.

RUSSIAN

If your score is…       then you should enroll in…

Below 200……………. RUSSIAN 101
200-399……………….. RUSSIAN 102
400-599………………. RUSSIAN 203
Above 599…………… RUSSIAN 204

If your score is above 599, please contact the Department of Foreign Languages for placement in Thompson Hall 110, or by email at forlang@wsu.edu.

SPANISH

If your score is…       then you should enroll in…

Below 270……………… SPANISH 101
270-345…………………. SPANISH 102
346-427………………… SPANISH 203
Above 427…………….. SPANISH 204/261

If your score is above 427, please contact the Department of Foreign Languages for placement in Thompson Hall 110, or by email at forlang@wsu.edu.

NOTE:  Heritage speakers of Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish are encouraged to meet with a language advisor to discuss placement.  If the student achieves a much higher score than the highest score provided, please contact the main office to discuss placement by dropping by Thompson 110, by phone at 509-335-4135 or by email at forlang@wsu.edu.

*The WebCAPE placement exam cannot be used to allow students to test out of the WSU foreign language requirement because:

  1. This test only places students in language levels of 101, 102, 203, 204;
  2. This test is not a true measure of a student’s ability to use their foreign languages; it offers only an abbreviated measurement of a student’s ability to use those isolated grammar points which usually accompany different levels of proficiency, but do not in and of themselves constitute actual language proficiency;
  3. Students must complete the equivalent of two years of the same language in high school, or the WSU equivalency of the level of 102 (second semester) and this test does not necessarily provide evidence of any such previous exposure or expertise.