Society, Culture, and Language

Society, Culture, and Language
College of Arts & Sciences
USF St. Petersburg Dav 100
140 Seventh Avenue South,
St. Petersburg Florida 33701
(727) 873-4156

Last updated 11/19/13

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT TESTS

NEW COMPUTERIZED ONLINE TESTS (CAPE EXAM)!

Test Schedule -- Fall 2013

Language        Date     Room     Time
Spanish and French  Wed. Nov. 06, 2013 BAY-225 2:00-3:30pm
Spanish and French
Wed. Dec. 4, 2013
BAY-225 2:00-3:30pm
Spanish and French Wed. Jan. 22, 2014  BAY-225 2:00-3:30pm
Spanish and French Thur. Feb. 27, 2014 BAY-225 2:00-3:30pm

Please bring a picture ID and a credit/debit card.

The fee is $10 paid online on the day of the test. Any major credit/debit card is accepted.

PLEASE CAREFULLY READ INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:

STUDENT INSTRUCTIONS

FOREIGN LANGUAGE GRADUATION REQUIREMENT FOR B.A. STUDENTS

In addition to satisfying the foreign language entrance requirement, all students applying for a Bachelor of Arts degree from USF must demonstrate competency in a foreign language. To demonstrate this competency, students may take either two semesters of a beginning college-level foreign language, or one semester of a higher-level course and earn a letter grade of “C-” (no “S” grades) or above in the appropriate level course, or demonstrate equivalent competency by passing an examination. Languages offered at USF St. Petersburg include: Arabic, French, Sign Language, and Spanish. Transfer credit for languages other than those listed above may be applied toward the B.A. foreign language requirement. Please see your academic advisor for further information.

WHO IS REQUIRED TO TAKE THE PLACEMENT TEST?

  • Beginning I (1120) is designed for true novices of a language, students who studied a foreign language in high school, or who have postsecondary course(s) in foreign language, or who have experiential learning of a foreign language may not enroll for credit in courses in that language without first taking a placement examination administered by the World Languages Program.
  • Should the placement examination indicate that remedial work is required, Beginning I (1120) and/or Beginning II (1121), the student will be allowed to enroll with the understanding that the grade eventually earned will be either an “S” or “U.” Please note that “Courses to satisfy USF’s B.A. foreign language requirement may not be taken on an S/U basis”.
  • Under no circumstances will a student who places above the first year level or who passes a higher-level course be allowed to register for or receive credit for a lower-level course in that specific language.
  • The benefits of taking the Foreign Language Placement test:
    *Taking the placement test allows you to continue studying a language at the appropriate level.
    *The placement test supports a better learning environment for all students by grouping students with similar proficiency levels together.
    *For most BA majors, you may be able to “test out” of your degree’s language requirement. “Testing Out” means you have satisfied your degree program’s language requirement by demonstrating a certain level of proficiency on the placement test. For most BA majors placement into 2200 (Intermediate I) is sufficient to satisfy your language requirement.
    Please note: no credits are awarded for “testing out”. You will still have to meet your degree program’s minimum number of credits for graduation.

PLEASE READ: IMPORTANT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (Click here: pdf file).

TO TAKE THE PLACEMENT TEST:

  • Click on the link.
  • Fill out the Student CAPE Exam Registration: contact, billing, and payment information.
  • Respond to questions regarding your previous language experiences to initiate a placement test record file: use your USF ID as your ID number.
  • Click on Continue.
  • Follow screen instructions. You will have one sample question and then the placement test will begin.
  • Once you begin the placement test, do not click outside of the test window or your exam will be invalidated and terminated.
  • Upon completion of the placement test, the results are available immediately after the test is completed. Make sure to save a copy of your placement score for your record, saving the file as a text file on the desktop then emailing it to yourself.
  • At the conclusion of the placement test, according to your score, consult the placement table below.
  • Complete registration for the appropriate language course.

PLACEMENT TEST RECOMMENDATIONS BASED ON YOUR SCORE:

PLACEMENT TEST SCORE
Subject to change

STUDENT PLACES IN

0

FRE 1120 Beginning French I
SPN 1120 Beginning Spanish I

270

FRE 1121 Beginning French II
SPN 1121 Beginning Spanish II

345

FRE 2200 French III
SPN 2200 Spanish III

427

FRE 2201 French IV
SPN 2201 Spanish IV

500

FRE 3420 Composition
SPN 3300 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition

550

FRE 3234 Reading in French Literature and Culture
SPW 3030 Introduction to Hispanic Literary Studies

600

FRE 3500 French Civilization
SPN 3500 Spanish Civilization

601

SPN 3520 Spanish American Civilization

 


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