WebCAPE Computer-Adaptive Placement Exam

Bellarmine University offers the WebCAPE Computer-Adaptive Placement exam developed at Brigham Young University in Spanish, French, and German to determine student placement in foreign language courses and/or eligibility for further proficiency testing. Contact the Department Chair for additional information.

What is the WebCAPE?

The WebCAPE tests are multiple-choice and cover grammar, reading, and vocabulary. These are adaptive tests, meaning 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 will take 20-25 minutes.

Test Guidelines

You should only take the test once. If you take a test more than once, only your first score will be used to help determine placement. 

Remember, this is a placement test. Your score on this exam will determine the language course you will continue your studies in.  The better you do, the fewer language courses you will have to take to complete the language requirement and the quicker you can get started on major or minor coursework in the language. You may NOT use books, notes or any other materials or resources. If you get help or use restricted materials, you will likely place yourself in a course that is too difficult for you. 


Placement exam results are available immediately after the exam is completed. If you place into the 101-102 level and intend to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences, you will need to take three to six hours of foreign language to meet the proficiency requirement. Your advisor will also receive your score and help you with registering for the appropriate course.

If you score above the 102 level and wish to take the STAMPtest to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language, the test must be taken on campus. You must receive a score of 3 on all four skills: Reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Our advising and admissions staff will assist you with scheduling your test on that day in consultation with the Global Languages Department Chair.


Students with disabilities who require accommodations (academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids or services) for the WebCAPE must contact the Director of Disability Services, located in the Student Success Center, on the B-level of the W.L. Lyons Brown Library; office B05 A. Call 502.272.8490 or email rpurdy@bellarmine.edu to schedule an appointment. Students are encouraged to make these arrangements with Disability Services at least two weeks prior to the exam date.