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WebCAPE Online Placement Exam Instructions

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures employs the WebCAPE online placement exam to assess the language skills of those with prior knowledge or study of Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. To take this exam, please follow the steps below:

Step 1) Go to Blackboard ( in your web browser, and login with your UR NetID and Password. (Note: If you do not have a NetID or have not yet created your NetID password, please visit

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Step 2) Once you are logged into your Blackboard account, select your class year under "My Organizations."

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Step 3) On the main page for your class year, click on the "Orientation Online" link on the left-hand side of the page.

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Step 4) On the "Orientation Online" page, scroll down to find the "Foreign Language Placement" section. Be sure to read the instructions below, which will provide you with the link to UR's WebCAPE page and the password required to login.

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Step 5) Login to UR's WebCAPE account using the password provided in Blackboard.

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Step 6) Select the desired option from the "Language" menu and click the "Begin" button. Before the actual test, you will be asked to enter some personal data (name, URID, email) and information about your language background. Please be as thorough as possible, as this information is critical to our ability to accurately determine your placement.

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Note: Any semester placement you may receive with your online numerical test score is not based on UR's official placement rubrics and, therefore, should not be taken as an indication of your actual placement.

If you took the WebCAPE prior to July 31, please consult your advisor for your placement results. If you took the WebCAPE after July 31 or if your advisor does not have your placement information, please consult the appropriate program representative listed below:

Ting Huang
Senior Lecturer in Chinese
Phone: (585) 275-2456

Julie Papaioannou
Senior Lecturer in French
Phone: (585) 275-5524

Susan Gustafson
Professor of German
Phone: (585) 275-4253

John Givens
Associate Professor of Russian
Phone: (585) 275-4272

Teresa Valdez
Language Coordinator
Phone: (585) 275-5156