Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures
Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures


Placement Exams in Foreign Language at MSU

  • If you have taken French, German, Spanish, Latin, Chinese, or Russian in high school, you may move ahead in language instruction, and find the appropriate level, by taking a non-credit, diagnostic, web-based placement exam, WebCAPE.* WebCAPE responds to your ability, offering you successively harder or easier questions, and in the process assesses your level of proficiency. At the end of the exam, you will be given a score which you can use to find a recommended starting level.

    Language requirements at MSU are conceived as proficiency requirements, and you may meet these requirements in part with the placement exam. Your college and degree program determines your requirements.

    It is important to understand that our placement exams are meant solely to aid you in finding the right level in which to start. If you intend to place out of your entire language requirement, you will have to take the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test in the appropriate language. And while you may meet a portion of your language requirement with a high enough score on the WebCAPE exam, no credit hours will be earned. In order to receive course credit in a foreign language by examination, you may take the appropriate CLEP test, administered by MSU Assessment and Testing Services (see below).

    We strongly encourage you to take the placement exam, but you are not required to take it.

Take the WebCape placement exam

  • The WebCAPE exam is administered online, and takes up 30 minutes to complete. To get started, click on the link below, and fill out the registration form in its entirety. The exam costs $10, payable by credit card. Once you have completed the registration form and submitted your payment, you will fill in a brief information form, and then the exam begins.

    WebCAPE Placement Exam Link

Interpret your Score

  • Once you have taken the exam, you can use the following matrix to determine at what level you should enroll.

    ScoreClass in which you should enroll


    Class in which you should enroll

    < 240

    FL_ 1113


    FL_ 1123


    FL_ 2133

Course Credit via CLEP

  • To receive course credit in a foreign language by taking the CLEP test, follow the link below to MSU’s Assessment and Testing Services, where you’ll be instructed on where to go and how to complete the CLEP test. Your results will then be sent to the registrar.

    Assessment and Testing Services Link


  • Contact the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literature, 662-325-3480