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Language Placement Testing


You are required to take a placement in a foreign language you have studied in high school (grades 9-12) prior to arriving on campus for Orientation. If you have taken more than one foreign language in high school, we ask that you take a placement in each of these languages. If you plan to begin in a new language (one in which you have not had prior study in high school), no placement is required.


French, German, and Spanish Testing Instructions

WebCAPE is a program that assesses your language ability in a language you have previously studied and assists you and your advisor in choosing the right level language course. This online system is dual platform so it works in both Windows and Mac environments. The testing process takes between 10-45 minutes. You may take the exam only once.

I. Prepare Your Test Environment

You will need to create a proper test environment; that is, do not use reference materials, and do not consult others to answer exam questions. You must comply with the Mount’s Academic Honesty Policy.

II. Take the Test (Read all instructions before beginning your exam)

  1. Access the Placement Exam through the WebCape System.

  2. Enter the Password in the window when prompted.* Password: MSM2015

  3. You will enter the Mount WebCAPE site. First, select the correct language.

  4. Next, create your student profile. Please fill out all information, including number of years (or levels) you studied your language during high school (grades 9 through 12), and your birth date as your ID (mm-dd-yyyy). This information is important for your current placement as well. Once you've submitted the profile, you'll be given access to the exam.

  5. During the exam, if the screen does not advance immediately to the next question, just resubmit your answer. The next question should appear. This can happen (infrequently) if the system is busy. Work through the exam at a steady pace so that the exam does not time out and submit prematurely.

  6. Click ‘submit’ after answering the last question to complete the exam.

III. How Do I Interpret My Test Scores

Test score results will be available beginning May 26. WebCAPE will send you the test score immediately (which will also be forwarded automatically to the Foreign Languages Department office). Your raw score will appear on your results report. This is not your placement score. The Foreign Languages Department will email your placement score to you at your Mount St. Mary’s University email account. Your results will not be available until you have set up your email account.


Italian and Latin Testing Instructions

Italian and Latin testing will be available beginning May 26 via Moodle (Learning Management System). Moodle assesses your language ability and assists you and your advisor in choosing the right level language course. This on-line system is dual platform (both Windows and Mac), and it lasts between 45-60 minutes.
*** You may only take the exam once.**

*Please Note: If you are taking the Italian or Latin Placement test, you must notify the Department of Foreign Languages prior to taking the test. Please contact us at Languages@msmary.edu. If you have not set up your Mount email account you will not have access to this system. Instructions regarding how to set up your email account are mailed to you in May. If you do not have an account, you must contact the Instructional Technology Department at (301) 447-5220.

I. Prepare Your Test Environment

You will need to create a proper test environment; that is, do not use reference materials, and do not consult others to answer exam questions. You must comply with the Mount’s Academic Honesty Policy.

II. Take the Test (Read all instructions before beginning your exam)

  1. Access the Moodle system.

  2. Enter your user name and password. (same as your Mount email account).

  3. Select 1516 on the left navigation bar under “Courses Available to You”.

  4. Select Fall.

  5. Select 1516 Fall-PLCMT 001A-Language Placement Testing.

  6. Select Italian or Latin Placement Test and begin.

  7. At the end of the test, click on Submit all & finish - Do not click on “Save without submitting”.
    You only have one attempt to take this test and the system will NOT allow you to go back and take the test again.

III. How Do I Interpret My Test Scores

Your test score will be forwarded automatically to the Foreign Languages Department office. The Foreign Languages Department will email your placement score to you at your Mount St. Mary’s University email account.


Majors are available in French, German and Spanish. Minors are available in French, Latin, German, Spanish and a cross-cultural minor in Italian.

Get information on the Veritas Core Foreign Languages sequence and credit for prior learning.

 
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