Washington University offers WebCAPE tests that were developed by the Humanities Research Center at Brigham Young University. The test is designed to help you decide in which course to continue your language study.
This online exam is required if you plan to study German at Washington University and have prior German language experience. It can be taken from any location, and at any time. If, for some reason, you are unable to take it prior to your arrival on campus, you can take the exam in the Arts & Sciences Computing Lab in the lower level of Seigle Hall, Room 012, or in the Creative Lab in Eads 007.
This is a self-diagnostic test to help place you into the level of our foreign language program that is the best fit for you. It is not possible to “fail” this exam, so do not be worried about failure. On the other hand, intentional underperformance serves little purpose other than to deny you the opportunity to earn credit that you deserve.
You will not receive any credits solely from taking this exam – you may, however, earn back credits at WashU later, by earning a B- or better in the German language class into which you are placed.
You may not use textbooks, dictionaries, the internet, or other reference materials to help you with this test. Failure to abide by this policy will simply result in a score that will be of little assistance to you or to us in placing you in the proper course.
If you need to stop taking the test for any reason, you may re-enter your information at a later date and resume the exam exactly where you left off.
Your score and placement on this exam will not appear anywhere on your transcript. Therefore, you should not worry that your performance here has any bearing on any future academic status at WashU. While we will retain it as part of your permanent departmental record, this record will be for the purposes of placement and/or back credit and in no way will this record impact your academic status within the university or the German department.
Please note that the WebCAPE exam is NOT valid for Spanish, French, or Russian language placement. If you need to take the placement exam for Spanish, Italian, or French, please visit the website for the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures: http://rll.wustl.edu/placement-exams. For German, see below:
Online Placement Exam (OPLE) Instructions
The link we provide below will take you directly to the WebCAPE exam page, where you will be asked to enter the password “bears1”. Click “login” after you’ve entered this password. On the next page, you will be asked which language exam you wish to complete. Select “German” from the dropdown menu and click “begin”.
Please fill out all the fields on the student information page, including first name, last name, your active wustl.edu email address, and the unique departmental ID number assigned to you by our student coordinator, Cecily Stewart Hawksworth. Do not use your Washington University Student ID number! Scores will only be eligible for placement in a class with entry of a unique departmental ID number and active WUSTL email address.
Once you complete the information page, click “continue” and you will see a practice question. After you answer the practice question, the exam will begin. Do not use your browser’s “back” button during the exam, because this action will interrupt the adaptive questions that you receive and cause you to have to start the exam again.
If you have read this page completely and Cecily has given you your unique ID number, please go to the following web address to proceed with the online placement exam for German.
Policy on Placement
Students should enroll in the German course (101-302/313) in which they have been placed based upon placement guidelines. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your score or the exam itself, please do not hesitate to be in touch with the student coordinator, during regular office hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5pm) at email@example.com.