WebCAPE Spanish Placement Test

This page provides instructions and information for students who wish take the WebCAPE online Spanish placement test, which is designed to help you determine the best course for you based on your background. 

WebCAPE TEST DESCRIPTION

The test is multiple-choice and covers grammar, reading, and vocabulary. It is an adaptive test, which means that the question difficulty will vary depending on how you respond. Do not get discouraged if you are unfamiliar with some of the material. Make your best guess and go on to the next question.

The test costs $10, payable upon registration.

TEST GUIDELINES

You should only take the test once, and do your best. You should NOT use books, notes or any other materials or resources. The test will take 20 – 25 minutes.

Remember, these are placement tests. You should do the best you can following the test guidelines. If you get help or use restricted materials, or purposely answer incorrectly, you will place yourself in a course that is unsuitable for you. 

SCORING

At the end of your test session, you will see your score. Be sure you save a copy of the score page to a file to print. You will need to provide your score  (printed page or screenshot) to Prof. Antonio Gil (agil@ufl.edu, 160 Dauer Hall) or your academic advisor for enrollment. If you do not see a score, go back and sign into WebCAPE again and click on “Resume” to complete your test.

The following WebCAPE score ranges correspond to the course placement recommendations. Any enrollment questions should be directed to Prof. Gil.

WebCAPE Spanish placement test

If your score is …

you should enroll in …

Notes

Below 270

SPN 1130

WebCAPE is only a placement exam.

Scores on WebCAPE are used to place

students into the correct course but not

 to satisfy language proficiency requirements.

270-345

SPN 1131

346-427

SPN 2200

428+

SPN 2201 or SPN 2240
Please see Prof. Gil in 160 Dauer

WebCAPE is only a placement exam. Students wishing to satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement must do so by:

(a) Successfully completing a terminal course in a Beginning Spanish sequence or a higher level, OR

(b) Obtaining the appropriate score on the SAT II Spanish, AICE, AP, IB, or CLEP exam.

 

More information can be found here: Spanish Placement and Equivalency Charts

The scores used for cutoffs are recommendations based on ample research among similar student populations, and are the scores most predictive of success. If for whatever reason a student thinks that the score they obtained does not represent their actual ability, he or she should talk with the lower-division language program administrative coordinator, Prof. Antonio Gil (agil@ufl.edu; 160 Dauer Hall). Exceptions to these placement criteria must be approved by Prof. Gil. Please save a copy of the placement page so that you have it as a reference.

Taking the WebCAPE test

STARTING YOUR TEST SESSION

Go to the following link: https://www.perpetualworks.com/secure/register/student/

1. Select your organization: University of Florida
2. Select your test language: Spanish
3. Enter your personal information (first and last names, address, city, state, zip code)
4. Enter your email: Use your UF email address
5. Enter your phone number, billing information, and payment information
6. Click on “Continue”
7. You will see one practice item. The real test begins immediately after you submit your response to the practice item. Do NOT use the “BACK” button on your browser to navigate through the test. If you use your browser’s BACK button, your test will terminate without being scored and you will have to start over.
8. At the end of the test you will see a page showing your name, email address, start and end times, a score, and placement recommendation. Save the score page as a file and print a copy.
9. Click on “Finish” to exit the program or simply close your browser.
10.. To see specific placement information and course descriptions, refer back to this page or to these charts.
11. If your test is interrupted, you can continue where you left off by accessing the login page the same way you did to begin your test session. Repeat steps 1 – 5 above and enter your name and ID number exactly as you did when you started the test. Click on “Resume” and your test should continue from where you experienced the interruption.