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Computer Adaptive Placement Exam (CAPE)

Next exam date: See dates, times, and location below.

Registration is required 24 hours in advance!
Please use the link below to register for a date and time to take the exam.

Register for CAPE Exam!

Contact the Department Chair, Dr. Corinne Pubill, ( if you have any additional questions before taking the exam.


Wednesday, October 11th at 1:00 pm, TE 110 A I.T. Lab (Conway Hall)


Thursday, October 12th at 4:00 pm, TE 110 A I.T. Lab (Conway Hall)


Tuesday, October 17th at 5:00 pm, TE 110 A I.T. Lab (Conway Hall)


Wednesday, October 18th at 9:00 am, TE 110 A I.T. Lab (Conway Hall)


Thursday, October 19th at 1:00 pm, TE 110 A I.T. Lab (Conway Hall)


Tuesday, October 24th at 8:30 am, TE 110 A I.T. Lab (Conway Hall)


Wednesday, October 25th at 12:00 pm, TE 110 A I.T. Lab (Conway Hall)


Thursday, October 26th at 2:00 pm TE 116 B I.T. Lab (Conway Hall)


Tuesday, October 31th at 6:00 pm, TE 110 A I.T. Lab (Conway Hall)


Friday, November 3rd at 1:00 pm, TE 110 A I.T. Lab (Conway Hall)


Wednesday, November 15th at 2:00 pm, TE 110 A I.T. Lab (Conway Hall)


Thursday, December 7th at 9:00 am, TE 280 I.T. Lab (Conway Hall)


Please allow for at least 20 minutes to complete the exam.


SU's Computer Adaptive Placement Exam (CAPE) is currently available for French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Italian and Russian. You may earn up to twelve (12) discounted buy-back credits for your prior language learning in high school. 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.

NOTE: The CAPE exam will be administered several times throughout the year. However, you will be allowed to take the exam only once. New students can take the exam when they visit campus on Admitted Student Day, as well as following Freshman Convocation. Current students should look for the testing dates prior to program planning in the spring and fall.

The exam itself should take 20-30 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 incorrectly. The 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.

  A: CAPE Score:  B: Should enroll in:  C: Back credit eligibility:



0 back credits



4 back credits



8 back credits



12 back credits


French: 310, 312, 316 or 317
Spanish: 310
Spanish native/heritage speakers: SPAN 313

12 back credits

Directions for Receiving Back Credit from the CAPE

Congratulations! 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. 

1. Earn a grade of C or better in the level into which you placed (or a higher level).

2. From within your GullNet account, print an unofficial copy of your transcript which displays your grade of C or better in the language course into which you were placed. 

3. Bring the unofficial copy of your transcript to Ms. Nichole Morton, the Program Management Specialist in the Department of Modern Languages (Fulton Hall 288B) 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 #4 below).

4. Pay the tuition fee at the Cashier’s office on the second floor of Holloway Hall. By earning the credits through this placement exam they will cost only ½ the usual per-credit-hour tuition!

5. Return to Modern Languages Office (Fulton Hall 288B) 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 Program Management Specialist in the Department of Modern Languages, Ms. Nichole Morton, if they do not appear on your record. 

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