Adaptive Placement Exam (CAPE)
FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE TAKEN AND PASSED
A LEVEL 3 CLASS
IN FRENCH, GERMAN, OR SPANISH IN HIGH SCHOOL
By following the information below, you may
earn up to twelve (12) discounted buy-back credits for your
prior language learning in high school in French, German, or
Spanish. Note that SU does not automatically award back credits
through our Computer Adaptive Placement (CAPE) exam.
You must take the
recommended course first and receive a “C” or better.
Take the CAPE to find this recommended
initial course placement. Taking the CAPE
is easy. You may
take it from any computer with internet access, either on campus
or at home. You
simply go to the Department of Modern Languages web site at
http://www.salisbury.edu/modlang/ and then click on “Testing
Policy” to the left of the page.
Then click on “Access the CAPE Placement Exam.” Enter the following
Once you enter the exam page, click on Spanish, French or
German. Fill out the
personal information and click on “Survey.” Fill out the form to
the best of your ability.
Finally, click on “Begin Exam.”
The exam itself should take 15-25 minutes.
It is an “adaptive” exam because it increases or
decreases the level of difficulty of each question based on
whether you answer the previous question correctly or
exam focuses on grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension.
There are no
sections that evaluate listening or speaking.
When the program has established your
level, it will end the exam suddenly and automatically and
display your results.
Very important: At this point, please remember
to click on “Finish.”
We will not receive your score if you do not complete
this final step.
Once you have your score, locate it on the following scale.
The chart below tells you both the level in which you
should be enrolled and
how many, if any, back credits you will be able to purchase
following completion of
the course, with a C or better, in question.
B: Should enroll in:
C: Back credit
4 back credits for 102
8 back credits for 102, 201
ALL LANGUAGES: 310+
SPEAKERS: SPAN 313
12 back credits for 102,
Take your score and the information from
points B and C on the chart and copy them into the statement on
the other side of this sheet.
If you will be eligible for back credits, also see the
statement regarding back credits on the back of this sheet, as
Computer Adaptive Placement Exam (CAPE)
have scored ________________ on the Computer Adaptive Placement
Based on this score you should be placed in
_________________________________ this semester.
If you complete this recommended level with a grade of C
or better you will be eligible to purchase _________________
back credits at a reduced rate.
Be sure to follow the instructions below in order to
receive your back credits.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your placement
based on the CAPE, please
contact the Department of Modern Languages (Holloway Hall 100).
We’ll see you in class!
Directions for Receiving Back Credit from the CAPE
Based on your performance on the Departmental Computer
Adaptive Placement Exam, you may be eligible for back credits!
In order to receive back credits you MUST complete all
of the following steps.
- Earn a grade of C or better in the level
into which you placed (or a higher level).
- See the Program Management Specialist in
the Department of Modern Languages (Hollway Hall 100) and tell
her that you wish to buy back credits in the language in
question (she will give you a form to take to Step #3 below).
- Pay the tuition fee at the Cashier’s office in Holloway Hall.
By earning the credits through this placement exam they
will cost only ½ the usual per-credit-hour tuition!
- Return to Modern Languages Office (HH 100) with a copy of the
receipt from the Cashier’s office for the paid back-credits.
Verify at the end of the semester following
the completion of #4 above that the credits have indeed been
added to your record.
After the completion of #4 the process may take as
long as several months before the credits appear on your record.
Contact the department if they do not appear on your
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