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Language Placement/Proficiency Exam

Measure and document your foreign language experience for course placement or to fulfill the language proficiency requirement for your degree.

General Guidelines

No previous language experience? You do not need to take the language placement/proficiency exam. Register for the Elementary I (111) language course of your choice.

If you have knowledge or previous study of French, Italian, or Spanish and intend to continue studying that same language at Fisher, take the language placement/proficiency exam. The results will identify the appropriate course level or may satisfy the language requirement for a B.A. degree.

If you have prior knowledge or study of Chinese, German, or Russian, you may take this exam in order to demonstrate proficiency, but not for course placement as these languages are not taught at Fisher.

Placement exams for any other languages, including ASL, can be completed in consultation with the Modern Languages and Cultures department chair.

Exam Description

Fisher uses the online Computerized Adaptive Placement Exam (WebCAPE) to assess your language skills. The WebCAPE consists of multiple-choice questions on vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension. The exam does not contain an oral or listening section. It is an adaptive test, meaning that it changes for each person who takes it. Do not get discouraged if you are unfamiliar with some of the material. If you are not sure, make your best guess and move on. The test is designed to adjust the difficulty of questions until it determines your appropriate language proficiency and corresponding course level.

The exam can only be taken once, and it must represent your own work. You are expected to complete the placement exam to the best of your ability, without the use of textbooks, dictionaries, or any other type of assistance.

You will need a stable internet connection and a quiet environment for about 15-30 minutes.

Exam Instructions

Please review the following steps prior to beginning your exam.

  1. Click on the "Take Exam" link at the bottom of this page.
  2. Create an account using your Fisher student ID number. If you haven't set up your network credentials yet, please contact the Office of Admissions at
  3. Log in and select "St. John Fisher College"' as your organization from the drop-down menu.
  4. Select your test language from the drop-down menu.
  5. Complete the pre-test survey. Please be as thorough as possible.
  6. Click "Submit Information" to complete the pre-test survey and begin your exam. Once started, you should not pause until the test has finished.

You will have 30 days to begin the assessment before the assigned test is no longer available to you.

At the conclusion of the test, the computer will display a congratulatory message. The Center for Career and Academic Planning (CCAP) will send your score report to your advisor as well as the Registrar's Office to ensure you are enrolled in a language course at the appropriate level.

Depending on the test results, some students may need to take two courses (111 and 112) of the chosen language to fulfill the B.A. proficiency language requirement, while other students may be able to either complete the requirement by taking only one course (112) or receive a language requirement waiver by scoring above the second-semester level.

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NOTE: No credit is awarded for taking this exam. Consult the Credit Transfer Policies page for more information.