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Webcape Placement Exam, Survey and FAQs

1) What is the WebCape Placement Exam?


✓ The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures wants to place students at the most appropriate course level, based on their previous exposure to Chinese, French, German or Spanish. for requirements go to http//www.marquette.edu/nextstep or the university bulletin.

✓ To place students at the appropriate level the department uses the results of the placement exam along with other information, such as the number of years that the language was studied, grades earned, etc.

✓ The department reserves the right to change the studentís placement if it believes that the student has not been placed at the most appropriate level.

✓ Students who believe they were misplaced on the basis of the placement test score should consult The Department Foreign Languages and Literatures. Students may not place themselves, or change their placement without departmental approval.


2) Who needs to take the WebCape Placement exam to satisfy the Foreign Language Requirement?

  Incoming freshmen who have earned high school credit in Chinese, French, German, or Spanish (1 or 2 years), and who plan to continue with the study of that language

    • Students who have spent six weeks or more studying in a Chinese- French- German- or Spanish- speaking countries must take the exam and consult with the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures before registering for a placement level

  Heritage learners of Spanish or native Spanish speakers*

*Heritage learners of Spanish are students of Hispanic background who have been educated in the United States and have been exposed to Spanish in their homes or communities from an early age, but who consider English their primary language

*Native speakers of Spanish have been primarily educated in Spanish and consider Spanish their first language Heritage or Native speaking students who will continue to study the language for a major or minor must take the exam. After taking the exam -

  If placed in SPAN 3001 the course is not open to heritage or native speakers: instead register for SPAN 3005 (offered in the Fall), or (SPAN 3505 offered in the Spring). SPAN 3005 and 3505 are courses specially designed to meet the needs of Heritage and Native speakers†

  If you are placed below SPAN 3001: contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures for guidance on which class to register in foreignlang@mu.edu (414) 288-7063

Who needs to satisfy the Foreign Language requirement?

  • Students in the Klingler College of Arts and Science (maximum of 4 semesters semesters depending on placement)
  • College of Communication
  • International Business majors in the College of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • Speech pathology
  • Audiology majors in the College of Health Sciences -
  • Foreign Language requirement for graduation. This may be accomplished by placement, course work, or both.
  • Undergraduate Bulletin.

3) Who does not need to take the WebCape Placement exam?

✓  Students who have NEVER studied Chinese, French, German or Spanish and wish to do so, would register for course level 1001, the elementary language level.

✓ Students with AP credits.

✓ Students who are interested in taking Arabic, Italian, or Latin would complete an online survey see (question 14). After completing the survey, students will register for the following course level depending on the number of years they’ve studied that language

0-2 years of the language enroll in course level 1001
3-4 years of the language enroll in course level 2001

✓ Classical languages nor do they need to complete a survey.


4) When to take the WebCape Placement exam

✓  After high school graduation It’s important to take the exam as soon as possible in doing so you’ll obtain a more accurate placement level

✓ Before attending Preview

✓ Instructions for the WebCape placement exam question 6

✓  Immediately after the exam you’ll receive your placement and score (example
page 9)

✓  Bring your placement results score and placement level to Preview or and to
meet with your academic advisor question 10


5) What you need to take the WebCape Placement exam

✓  20 – 30 minutes depending on skill level of the language

✓  The exam is online see question 6 for instructios

✓  1 or more years in Chinese, French, German or Spanish in high school

✓  If you have not studied Chinese, French, German or Spanish, register for course level 1001 in the respective langue. Level 1001 is an elementary level and you would not have
to take the exam

✓  Your Marquette University (MU) ID number

✓  If you don’t have your MU ID number when registering for the exam use your last
name and then first name


6) How to take the WebCape Placement exam ?

✓  Click on WebCape Placement Exam

✓  Password; eagles1 (lower case)

✓  When registering you’ll need your MU ID number

✓ If you don’t have a MU ID number use last name, first name

✓ Complete the brief survey and sample questions

✓ Choose high school applicant on survey

✓  Exam takes about 20 – 30 minutes depending on your skill level

  • Immediately after you complete the exam you’ll receive your score and placement course level. see question 7
  • Important to know your placement score and course level, you'll need this information during the registration process

Take the exam only once

  • If you take the exam a second time without permission your placement may be recorded incorrectly   Students who believe they are misplaced in a course level contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures to discuss placement (414) 288-7063
  • Students who believe they were misplaced in a course level contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures to discuss placement probably need phone number .

✓  Do not take the exam again unless instructed to do so the result may be placed in the wrong course level


7) Example of placement results page

WebCape example


8) Breakdown of course levels and scores

Course placement scores and levels

Chinese Scores Chinese Course French Scores French Course German Scores German Course Spanish Scores Spanish Course
below 200 1001 below 281 1001 below 301 1001 below 221 1001
200-399 2001 281-300 2001 301-440 2001 221-300 1003
400-600 3001* 301-425 3001 441-550 2003 301-425 2001
        above 551 3001 426-550 2003
            above 551 3001

Course level descriptions

1001 - CHNS, FREN, GRMN, SPAN, elementary level
1003 - SPAN ONLY, intensive elementary level
2001 - CHNS, FREN, GRMN, SPAN, intermediate level
2003 - FREN, GRMN, SPAN, intensive intermediate level
3001 - FREN, writing skills
3001 - GRMN, composition and conversation
3001 - SPAN, grammar review and writing
*3001 - CHNS, offered occasionally

See a complete list of major/minors and language courses:


9) Spanish placement exceptions

✓  Students who have studied 2 years or less of the Spanish language in high
school must register for Spanish 1001, an elementary level course

✓  Students who are placed in Spanish 1001, but have studied 2 years or more of
the language in high school; must register for Spanish 1003, an Intensive Elementary
level

✓  Span 1003 is the equivalent of taking 1001 and 1002, both elementary levels.

✓  There is no placement in Span 1002 since it’s the continuation of Span 1001


10) Spanish placement for native or heritage speakers

✓  Spanish native or heritage speakers who will continue to study Spanish for a major or
minor must take the placement exam


✓  If you placed in 3001 register for SPAN 3005 offered in the fall, or 3505 offered in the
spring


✓  3005 and 3505 courses are specially designed to meet the needs of native and
heritage speakers


✓  If you placed below 3001


✓  Contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures for guidance

*Native speakers of Spanish have been primarily educated in Spanish and consider Spanish their first language

*Heritage speakers of Spanish are students of Hispanic background who have been educated in the United States and have been exposed to Spanish in their homes or communities from an early age, but who consider English their primary language. Also students you speak the language but need to learn to read and write


11) French or German native or heritage speakers

✓  Who plan to continue advanced study of that language must first take the placement
exam in that language to determine the level of proficiency

✓ After taking the exam and obtaining their results, students must consult with the Chair
of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures before registering for an
advanced foreign language level


12) Whom do I contact for Advance Placement, Capp or Retroactive credits?

✓  Students who have taken the Advanced Placement Exam can take the WebCape
placement exam but can only accept either the AP or the Webcape placement score. Refer to the Foreign Language website link AP Credit and International Baccalaureate or the Undergraduate Bulletin for AP scores and recommended class placements.

✓  Students who have college credit for a foreign language level from another university
(including CAPP levels in high school)


13) How to apply for a Language Waiver or Substitution

If you are a native or near-native speaker of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, or Spanish, and plan to continue advanced study of that language, you must first take the placement exam in that language to determine the level of proficiency. After taking the exam and obtaining the results, you must consult with the Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures before registering for an advanced foreign language level.

Native speakers of other languages should consult with the records office in their college regarding possible exemption from the foreign language requirement.

Students who are in the College of Arts & Sciences must go to Sensenbrenner Hall 004 and
complete a waiver or substitution form.

Questions contact Katie Hemmer
(414) 288-5316
Records Coordinator
Klingler College of Arts and Sciences
Sensenbrenner Hall 004
katie.hemmer@marquette.edu

 


14) Students who plan to study Arabic, Latin, or Italian:

✓  Students who are heritage or native speakers of Arabic or Italian and would like to receive a language waiver, see page 13 for instructions.

 Students with no experience in the language do not have to complete the survey and would place themselves in course level 1001.

✓  Students who have had experience in Arabic, Latin or Italian need to complete a 5 minute survey,

✓  The completed survey will be forwarded to the language professor and they will send you an email with your placement:

    • 0-2 years of the language enroll in course level - 1001
    • 3-4 years of the language enroll in course level - 2001

✓ Greek and Classical / Classical language students do not need to complete a survey

 




Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Lalumiere Language Hall, Room 254