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Undergraduate Program

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 (learn.rochester.edu) 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 http://tech.rochester.edu/services/netid/.)

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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:

Chinese
Ting Huang
Associate Professor of Instruction in Chinese, Chinese Program Advisor
Phone: (585) 275-2451
Email: ting.huang@rochester.edu 

French
Julie Papaioannou
Associate Professor of Instruction in French, Language Coordinator for French
Phone: (585) 275-5524
Email: julie.papaioannou@rochester.edu 

German
Susan Gustafson
Karl F. and Bertha A. Fuchs Professor of German Studies, Head for the German Program 
Phone: (585) 275-4251
Email: susangustafson@rochester.edu 

Russian
John Givens
Associate Professor of Russian, Head for the Russian Program, Chair for the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
Phone: (585) 275-4251
Email: johngivens@rochester.edu 

Spanish
Teresa Valdez
Head for the Portuguese Program, Director of the Language Center
Phone: (585) 275-5156
Email: tvaldez@ur.rochester.edu