NOTE: For policy information on completing the College’s language requirement, please visit the Dean’s website by clicking HERE.

WebCAPE (Computer Active Placement Exam)

The language department offers students of Chinese, French, German and Spanish the option of taking the WebCAPE placement exam if they have not otherwise submitted an SAT, AP or IB subject test score to the Registrar’s office. In contrast with College Board subject test scores, WebCAPE results are calibrated so that incoming students can quickly determine which language course to take when registering on line at Lafayette. If students choose *not* to take WebCAPE for whatever reason, the department will assist them in finding the appropriate course level by reviewing their high school transcripts and other records submitted with their college applications.

Importantly, WebCAPE provides instant test results that will assist you in choosing the right level language course for Chinese, French, German, and Spanish. This online system is dual platform (both Windows & Mac), and it lasts about 20 minutes. You may take the exam only once.

For questions about placement, please contact the FLL Language Placement Coordinator: Prof. Sidney Donnell (email:

I.  Prepare Your Test Environment

You will need to create a test environment (that is, do not use reference materials, and do not consult others to answer exam questions). Please have a credit card available; there is a $10 processing fee per exam. You may take the exam as long as you are informed of and comply with Lafayette’s “Principles of Academic Honesty.”

II. Take the Test

Open a new window in your Web browser. Go to the testing SITE or cut and paste the following URL in the address bar <>. Then follow these instructions:

1.Create your personal account on the  Lafayette test registration page

2.Please make sure to use your Lafayette College email credentials,  e.g.,

2. Check your Lafayette email account to verify that your email is accurate, click on the link  and go back to the site to continue the sign-n

3. Select the appropriate language test: Chinese, French, German, Spanish.

4. Make your payment and begin the test.

NOTE: if you experience a technical problem with the test, please contact:

III.  Interpret Your Test Scores

Click on See Score Report and you will immediately see your  test score immediately  and the appropriate placement chart (which also will be forwarded automatically to our department office).

When using the placement guidelines, aim high. Once classes begin, it is easier to go down than to climb up a level. As a safety net, during the first week or two of classes, you are able to drop and add a course. If, during the first two weeks of classes, you find that the level you have chosen is too challenging, drop the course and add one at the next lower level (for ex., drop Advanced 211 and add Intermediate 111). If you have questions, consult a language faculty member who will assist you in finding the appropriate course level.