Placement Testing

Proficiency and Placement Examinations in Modern Languages


Standard Course Sequencephoto of a student in a computer lab

Students demonstrate proficiency in a modern language by taking a sequence of four progressive courses: 1010, 1020, 2010 and 2020 – in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian or Spanish. Students who begin their language study at a level above 1010 may NOT go back and take lower-level courses for credit without permission from the Chair. As soon as students enroll at Wright State, they should take the WEBCAPE placement test to determine their level of proficiency. Once students begin language study at a certain level, they may not skip courses in the sequence without permission from the Chair.

Guidelines for Placement, Proficiency, and Exemption from the CoLA Language Requirement

Modern Languages Placement Test (Chinese, French, German, Russian, Spanish):
The test usually takes around 25-30 minutes.

After taking the exam, see Placement Scale for course recommended (click on "Placement Test" tab, above)
Please  CLICK HERE to begin Placement Test. There is a $10 fee.

For all other languages, please contact the Department of Modern Languages.

Placement Test

WEBCAPE Placement Test Scale


Score Course
0-259 FR 1010
260-336 FR 1020
337-402 FR 2010
403-500 FR 2020
500-600 3000-Level French
600 & above Meet with advisor


Score Course
0-291 GER 1010
292-383 GER 1020
384-492 GER 2010
493-550 GER 2020
550-600 3000-Level German
600 & above Meet with advisor


Score Course
0-269 SPN 1010
270-345 SPN 1020
346-427 SPN 2010
428-510 SPN 2020
510-600 3000-Level Spanish
600 & above Meet with advisor

PLEASE NOTE: no matter what your major is, it is Department Policy that you may buy back credits only at either the 1000-2000 level OR the 3000 level, not both.

If you have any questions or concerns about your placement, please call or drop by the department of Modern Languages and speak to the Administrative Specialist.

Students, please NOTE the following possibilities and restrictions:

How to Buy "Back Credits" to Advance Your College Career

  1. Take the WEBCAPE placement exam
  2. Receive a score of 497 (for example), and place into 2020
  3. Finish the course, achieving a 'C' or better and
  4. Purchase optional credits for courses below that level at $50 /credit hour (1010, 1020, 2010 – at 3 credit hours each)
  5. You need to fill out the Credit by Examination Registration Form, available from the Administrative Specialist in 325 Millett.

For native, heritage (language learned from relative or parents, but student has little grammar/writing knowledge), and Advanced Speakers of French, German, or Spanish:

  • If you score 600 or above on the WEBCAPE Placement test, you are eligible to take the Proficiency Exam ($25 fee) to receive up to 6 hours of graded credits for $50/credit hour. Courses awarded are chosen from the following:
    • One of 3110, 3120 (Conversation)
    • One of 3210, 3220 (Composition)
  • Please note that you MAY NOT buy back credits from both the 1000-2000 level and the 3000-level; only one of these two options is available to each student.
  • Proficiency in Languages Other than French, German and Spanish
  • Students who claim their native language as English but would like to take a proficiency exam in a language Wright State offers other than French, German, or Spanish, which includes Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian, may do so by arrangement with the department. Students can take one of these exams to exempt themselves from the CoLA foreign language requirement, but again, cannot buy back any credit unless they take an upper-level course and receive a "C" or better in that course.
  • Students who claim as their native language a language NOT offered at Wright State (such as Hindi, for example) can find a qualified professor at another local college or university who speaks that language to test them and officially verify to the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages that they are proficient. In this case, the student can be declared exempt from the College of Liberal Arts language requirement, but cannot buy back any credits.
  • Students who claim a language other than English as their native language may complete their CoLA foreign language requirement by taking one of several ESL or ENG classes. These students should contact the English Department at (937) 775-3136.

Proficiency Exam

Instructions for Taking the Proficiency Exam

This is a three step process. Before you come to campus, send an email to the appropriate professor below to request an appointment to take the test (during step two), at least three days after you have completed step one.

  • Visit the Department of Modern Languages, 325 Millett and ask for the Administrative Specialist, who will fill out a form with you.
  • Take the form and go to the Bursar’s Office in the Student Union and drop form + payment of $25 (cash, check, or cashier’s check made out to Wright State University;for credit card/debit card payments, ask the ML administrative Specialist for this form)  into drop box – envelopes are provided at the drop box.
  • Return to the ML Department the day that you have scheduled your exam with the professor; pick up your approved form in 325 Millett.
  • Take the approval form to your professor who will administer the exam.  It will be graded; the grade will be entered on the form and the form signed by the professor, who will then return it to the Administrative Specialist in the ML Department office.
  • The Administrative Specialist will email you when he/she receives the form from the tester. You will need to pick up the form from the ML Department.
  • Take the form to the Bursar’s Office in the Student Union and drop form + payment of $50 per credit hour (cash, check, or cashier’s check made out to Wright State University; for credit card/debit card payments, ask the ML Administrative Assistant for this form) into drop box – envelopes are provided at the drop box. For example, if you are buying 3 ch, you must pay $50 x 3 = $150.

NOTE: You must be registered for classes at Wright State during the semester in which you purchase credits. Your proficiency credits will be entered on your transcript during the grading period at the end of the semester.

Advanced Placement

Wright State University Academic Policy on Advanced Placement (AP)

Wright State University follows the Ohio Board of Regents Advanced Placement (AP) policy governing the application of transfer credit for a score of 3 on AP examinations. Course equivalencies for this score have been identified by individual academic departments in accordance with the guidelines in the statewide policy.

Individual academic departments have determined the equivalent courses for which credit will be granted for scores of 4 and 5.