WebCAPE Foreign Language Testing
If you plan to study a language other than English at Purdue University Northwest, you must take the language placement test. This exam will assess your language skills and knowledge and place you in the appropriate level course.
The test, WebCAPE, is an online exam that can be taken via computer anywhere you are comfortable. A link to the test is located in the MyPUC portal in either the Newly Admitted or Registration tabs. You can take the test once per language only. The test is not timed, but generally takes about 15-25 minutes to complete. Take all the time you need to complete it and just do your best. If you plan to take a language course in your first semester, please complete the placement assessment prior to New Student Orientation so that advisors will have access to your score for placement.
There is a $10 fee for the language placement exam. The number of questions is not fixed: in order to determine your ability, the exam will ask as many (or few) questions as necessary. As soon as the exam is completed, you will see your results, and they will be immediately transmitted to your academic advisor and the Office of the Registrar. If you place in level 202 or above, please contact your academic advisor.
Please note that consulting a print or online source (e.g., dictionary) or a speaker of the language for which you are testing, using a smartphone, or otherwise getting assistance while you are taking the test is not allowed. These acts are a violation of Purdue University Northwest’s Honor Code. If you are found to have violated this Honor Code, your score will be disqualified and you will be referred to the Honor Council. Similarly, testing purposefully below your abilities is considered a violation of the Honor Code.
- Eligible courses for French or Spanish include Levels I – IV
- Eligible courses for German include Levels I – III
- Student’s test score will determine placement
- Student is then required to take and successfully pass a higher-level course in the same language
- Upon completion of the higher-level course, student must contact the Department of Political Science, Economics, and World Languages & Cultures located in PORTER 209 or via telephone at (219) 989-2632 for the credits to be applied.
Placement Score Interpretation:
- SP 10100 0-149
- SP 10200 150-299
- SP 20100 300-424
- SP 20200 425+
- GER 10100 0-149
- GER 10200 150-299
- GER 20100 300-424
- GER 20200 425+
- FR 10100 0-149
- FR 10200 150-299
- FR 20100 300-424
- FR 20200 425+