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Placement Tests in Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish

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These placement tests are for students who studied Chinese, French, German, Italian  and/or Spanish in high school.

The language placement tests in Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish are not timed. The student must use their Loyola student ID number for this exam. This seven-digit number is listed in your Loyola username and password technology email that was sent to you.

  1. Enter the web address http://webcape.org into your browser.
  2. Select Loyola University Maryland from the drop-down box and click GO.
  3. At the login page, enter the password: loyola4501
  4. Select the language of the placement exam that you would like to take from the drop-down box and click the begin button.
  5. On the registration form, fill in your name, seven digit Loyola student ID number, etc.
  6. When the test is complete, your score and placement are displayed on the results page.
  7. Click "finished."

The Chinese online placement exam is created by Brigham Young University “to function as a proficiency test as well as an achievement test." It uses both simplified and traditional characters by design. “The lower level items have prompts in both types next to each other. As learners are pushed higher they are presented text prompts in one or the other form based on the idea that being an advanced learner means being able to handle texts wherever they are from.” For more information, please refer to the Chinese Placement Test FAQs.

The Chinese program at Loyola gives students the opportunity to choose either version of Chinese characters they would like to start with at the beginning level. As most Loyola students choose simplified characters, the Modern Languages department currently uses the simplified version in 100-level CI courses. However, the Modern Languages department exposes students to both forms in the 200- and 300-level courses so that students at the advanced level will be able to read texts from different places, such as mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Placement results will be discussed by the student's advisor on the second day of summer orientation.