Placement Exam Information

Spanish, French, German and Italian Placement Exam Information

In an effort to better place students at the appropriate level of a language course, the Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures (RGRLL) has implemented a Placement Test. If you have taken Spanish 101B, 201A, 201B or German 101A, 101B, 201A, 201B or French or Italian 100A/101A, 100B/101B, 200, 201A, 201B at CSULB, this placement test does not apply to you. If you are enrolled in Spanish 101B / German 101A / French 101A/Italian 101A, or are a transfer student registered in a Spanish, French, German or Italian first- or second-year language class, you must take this exam.

The Spanish, French, German and Italian placement exams are offered online. You will be charged $10.00 to take this exam. If you do not have internet access at home, you may take the exam at in the language lab (LAB 306) or any computer lab on campus.

To access the Spanish, French German and/or Italian placement exam:

  • Create an account at the following link: WEBCAPE
  • Enter contact information, billing information, and payment information.
  • Once you submit information successfully, you can take the exam right away, or wait to take the exam. However, you must take the placement test by the end of the first week of class.
  • You will also receive an e-mail confirmation of your purchase with the link to take the exam later and an exam ID (password).
  • Click the drop-down menu to select a language (Spanish is the default).
  • After the language is selected, click the “Begin” button.
  • Upon completion of the required identification fields and the survey, click the “Continue” button to proceed with the test.
  • For your own records, please print your score after taking the online placement test.

Placement Test Scores


101A: Below 280
101B: 281 – 360
201A: 361 – 440

201B: 441 – 500


100A/101A: Below 280
100B/101B: 281 – 370

201A: 371 – 450

201B: 451 – 520


101A: Below 300
101B: 301 – 390

201A: 391 – 470

201B: 471 – 540


100A/101A: Below 280
100B/101B: 281 – 370

201A: 371 – 450

201B: 451 – 520