Why Take the Exam?

    • Placement at the appropriate level is essential to success in the study of the language.
    • Incoming students who want to continue in the language with which they have had previous experience must take the placement exam in that language prior to registration for courses.
    • Students who have no previous second language experience or who desire to learn a different modern language do not need to take the exam.

    The Department of Modern Language Studies utilizes a web-based placement exam (CAPE) in Chinese, French, German and Spanish: The test can be accessed from any Internet-capable computer, takes only about 20 minutes, and provides immediate feedback regarding the appropriate level of language placement.

    The placement test allows for the granting of credits for levels below the level at which students place. Students who place into level 102 or higher, and then complete the appropriate course at KU with a grade of C or better (on first attempt; repeated courses do not count), will receive credit for courses in the same language at the lower levels, up to a maximum of 9 additional credits.

    Take the exam
    • Step 1: Read the policy on this page (above)
    • Step 2: Click here for the language placement exam (CAPE)*
    • Step 3: Create an account using your email address and a password
    • Step 4: Don't forget to write down your password 

    *Internet Explorer does not support CAPE, it is recommended that you use Google Chrome or other web browsers.

    The placement exam is only for students with previous language experience who want to continue studying that same language.

    Before beginning the actual test, students complete an online questionnaire regarding previous language experience. In the event that there would be a serious discrepancy between the test's recommended level and a student's perception of his/her abilities, a qualified advisor from the Department of Modern Language Studies will use the answers to the questionnaire as an aid in determining an appropriate placement. Students who wish to schedule an appointment with an advisor from Modern Language Studies, please call the department at 610-683-4427.

    Course Descriptions

    101 & 102 Elementary I & II

    These two courses constitute the first year of language study. 101 is an introductory level course for students with no previous or minimal experience in the language. 102, the sequel to 101, is for students with one semester of college language or equivalent. Emphasis is on the oral aspects of the language with substantial work on reading and writing skills and on introduction to the culture. 

    103 & 104 Intermediate III & IV

    Students who have satisfactorily completed six hours of elementary language, or its equivalent, continue the development of the basic skills in aural comprehension, speaking, and writing. In addition, the emphasis is placed on independent readings. 

    For a more complete description of these courses, please refer to the KU Undergraduate Handbook. You can also read course descriptions within the MyKU Student Information System. The courses are arranged alphabetically.

    View Course Descriptions in MyKU

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