If you're an incoming student who plans on taking a language class and has had at least some exposure to the language (whether coursework in high school or at another college, or by learning from your family or community), you need to take a placement test. We need to make sure that you're taking a course at the right level: if you take a class that's too easy for you, you're slowing down your path to graduation, while if you take a class that's too hard for you, you run the risk of having to repeat it.
Depending on what language you want to study, you'll follow a different procedure for the placement test:
- Students of Japanese should email Yoko Hatakeyama and Brent Menchinger
- Students of Chinese should contact Dr. Jie Wu
- Students of Portuguese should get in touch with Dr. Robert (Moses) Fritz
If you plan to study French, German, or Spanish, you'll take an online placement test. Go to the test website, create an account, select your language, and take the test. When you've finished, the system will show you your score (and will also send us a copy). Here's how to interpret your scores:
|Take this class...||...if you earn this score|
|FRE 301||400 or higher|
|GER 301||400 or higher|
|SPA 301||430 or higher|
If you place into the right language level and earn an A or a B, you can earn credits--up to 12--for all the courses you skipped. To purchase these credits, go to the Registrar's Departmental Challenge Credit website and click on Departmental Challenge Exams--Modern Languages to claim them.
Frequently Asked QuestionsClick the arrow for more information
Do I need to take the test?
I know I'm going to get a Bachelor of Science instead of a Bachelor of Arts. Do I still need to take the test?
I'm a B.S. student. After the exam, do I need to enroll for a language course at Murray State?
I don't know my major yet. Do I need to take a foreign language at Murray State?
What if I studied Latin in high school (or another language for which there is no WebCAPE placement test)?
What if I place into SPA 201, for example? What course do I take at Murray State and can I earn back credit for first-year Spanish?
How many hours of credit can I receive from getting a high score on the WebCAPE exam?
Do transfer students need to take the language placement exam?
I encountered a problem while taking the placement exam. Do I have to start over?
Are there other ways to earn language credit?