Placement for French, German, Russian and Spanish

For students with high school experience in French, German, Russian and Spanish

Students with high school study of French, German, Russian or Spanish must take a Web-based Computer-Adaptive Placement Exam before they can register for class. This exam can be taken on any computer with an internet connection.

This multiple-choice test is individualized (self-adjusting to the student's level) and is not timed. It covers grammar, vocabulary and reading skills. After taking the exam, sign up for the appropriate course depending on your score.

Your score on this exam will determine the language course you will continue your studies in.  The better you do, the fewer language courses you will have to take to complete the language requirement and the quicker you can get started on major or minor coursework in the language.

Are you a Heritage Learner?

You are a Heritage Learner of French,German, Russian or Spanish if you can any of the following statements is true for you

  • When I was a child, French (or German or Russian or Spanish) was spoken in my home
  • I lived in a French- (or German- or Russian- or Spanish) speaking country for two years or longer
  • My first language was French (or German or Russian or Spanish) or English and French (or German or Russian or Spanish).
  • I speak French (or German or Russian or Spanish), or both English and French (or German or Russian or Spanish) with family and friends
  • My parents and/or grandparents often speak to me in French (or German or Russian or Spanish)


Heritage Learners of French, German and Russian should take the Web-CAPE exam in that language and then follow-up with the advisor for that language.

Heritage Learners of Spanish should NOT take the Web-CAPE exam for Spanish. Heritage Learners of Spanish should take the Spanish Heritage Learner Exam (available Spring 2016.)  email Dr. Roebuck ( for more information.

Code of Academic Honesty

You must take this test without receiving assistance from anyone else and without the help of any document (no notes, no book, no dictionary). To accept such assistance or help would be to engage in Academic Dishonesty, which is prohibited at the University of Louisville. Academic Dishonesty is a serious offense because it diminishes the quality of scholarship, makes accurate evaluation of student progress impossible and defrauds those in society who must ultimately depend upon the knowledge and integrity of the institution and its students and faculty.

It is important to understand that it makes no sense for you to place at a higher level than you deserve by using outside resources on the exam. You would simply end up in a higher level course based on a high score on the test. At that level you would probably quickly become frustrated and drop the course or possibly fail it.

Please indicate that you accept the following statements in order to continue to the placement exam testing site.

1. I will do my own work on this language placement exam. I will not receive assistance from another person, a book, dictionary, notes or other document.

2. I will not discuss this test with others or reproduce this test by any means in any format or medium.