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School of Languages, Cultures, and Race College of Arts and Sciences

Foreign language placement testing

Placement Test Information and Guidelines

SLCR uses the Brigham Young University WebCAPE Placement Exam in Chinese, French, German, and Spanish to determine the appropriate course placement for each student in the courses of 101, 102, 203 and 204. This online multiple choice test can be taken either at home or in a library 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. WebCAPE scores are downloaded into the WSU system on a daily basis, and should be available the next day in myWSU. When submitting placement test scores, students should check the current schedule of classes, and indicate the language class and section number in which they wish to enroll to ensure they are enrolled in the appropriate language class. To enroll in a course contact the SLCR main office at slcr@wsu.edu, 509-335-4135, in Thompson Hall 110.

JAPANESE

language placement testing will soon be available online! Please check back for the link to access the Japanese placement test.

ITALIAN

language placement testing is not currently offered through WebCAPE. Please contact the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race for help with placement testing: drop by Thompson Hall 110, 509-335-4135, or by email at slcr@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 School of Languages, Cultures, and Race for placement in Thompson Hall 110, or by email at slcr@wsu.edu.

FRENCH

If your score is… then you should enroll in…

229 or below…………..FRENCH 101
230-349………………… FRENCH 102
349-449………………… FRENCH 203
450 or above………… FRENCH 204/261

If your score is above 450, please contact the SLCR for placement in Thompson Hall 110, or by email at slcr@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 SLCR for placement in Thompson Hall 110, or by email at slcr@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 SLCR for placement in Thompson Hall 110, or by email at slcr@wsu.edu.

HERITAGE/NATIVE SPEAKERS

Heritage/native speakers are encouraged to contact the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race to discuss placement: Thompson 110, by phone at 509-335-4135 or by email at slcr@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 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;
  2. 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.