For more general information about placement in a language course, and for placement on languages other than Spanish, go to this Web page at the Department of World Languages & Cultures' site.
Spanish Placement test
The Department of World Languages & Cultures at Salem State University has adopted a Web-based placement test for Spanish. All students who want to take a Spanish language class and who have had prior academic or life experience with the Spanish language before must take this placement test.
The Spanish Language Placement Exam provided is the Spanish WebCAPE Web-based Computer-Adaptive Placement Exam (by Jerry Larson and Kim Smith, Web version by Charles Bush ©1998 Humanities Research Center, Brigham Young University).
You can take the test at one of the computers at the Language Resource Center or from any Web-enabled computer anywhere in the world.
If you want to know about other placement tests (NOT used at Salem State, click here.
Keep the following details in mind:
The WebCAPE test will suggest placement in a particular course (SPN 101, 102, 201, 202, etc.) depending on your score.
Note also that this placement test will seem rather hard for students who know little Spanish. That is because the test is designed to accommodate students at all levels, from beginner to advanced. The test is supposed to adjust the level of difficulty of the questions depending on the answers you give. Of course, if you guess correctly at a difficult question, the program may think that you know more than you do and send you more difficult questions. Don't worry. Eventually it will catch on.
Finally, DOT NOT USE these numbers to place yourself in a particular classs without first checking with a faculty member in the Spanish program. Always consult with a Spanish instructor before selecting a particular course.
NOTE 1: If you have concerns about being placed at too high a level, please mention this to your instructor when you inform him or her about your results in order to determine your placement level. Please do not do worse on the test than you could on purpose to be placed in an "easier" class. If you have a legitimate concern, your instructor will be happy to address it. Also, please provide complete and truthful information as to your language background as well (failure to do so may result in level changes or dropping from the course during the semester).
NOTE 2: This placement test cannot be used for the purpose of being exempted from the language requirement. If you would like to be exempted from taking Spanish or other language courses, you should take the CLEP or other nationally recognized test which is acceptable to the Department of World Languages & Cultures. See the department secretary or chairperson for more information.
Other Placement Tests
For other languages, or to get a second opinion on Spanish, students may use the following online placement tests on their own. The results will not be sent to us.
Page URL: lrc.salemstate.edu/placement.htm
Last updated: June 22, 2006