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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 BYU 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 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. Each test taker should either print this report and/or take a screenshot. The score should then be reported to Daniel Liera-Huchim (daniel.liera-huchim@wsu.edu) in Thompson 110, who will use this information to enroll the student in the appropriate course.

JAPANESE LANGUAGE placement testing is not currently offered through WebCAPE.  Please contact Department of Foreign Languages for help with placement:  Thompson Hall 110, 509-335-4135; 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

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

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

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

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

NOTE:  Heritage speakers of Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish do not need to take this placement test, and are instead encouraged to enroll in For Lang 300 (Spanish for Heritage  Speakers) and/or meet with a department advisor to discuss placement.  In addition, if the student achieves a much higher score than the highest score provided, please contact the Department of Foreign Languages to discuss placement in Thompson Hall 110, by phone at 509-335-4135, or by email at forlang@wsu.edu.

*The WebCAPE 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.