Placement Testing: World Language

​​​W​elcome to World Language Placement Testing

We have two placement options available:

  1. WebCAPE placement exams for Spanish and French are administered at the Dallas College Testing Centers.
  2. Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, German, Russian, and Italian exams are administered using the in-house online testing. Students will need to contact their success coach to receive the in-house placement exam referral.

IMPORTANT: Taking a placement exam will not give you course credit. It will only determine the level of your language skills to place you into the correct Dallas College course.

If you want to receive credit for your language knowledge, take the CLEP. You can find more information about this exam by visiting the CLEP website. A fee is required.

WebCAPE Scheduling Procedures

  • Schedule your exam 24 hours in advance and take the exam at least two weeks before the registration dateline.
  • Be sure to specify if you are a Dual Credit, Early Collegiate High School (ECHS) or credit student.

What do you need on the day of the exam at the Testing Center?

  • On the day of the exam, bring your Dallas College ID or other photo ID.
  • For planning purposes, set about an hour to take the exam. The time varies from person to person to complete it.
  • Any helping device or supporting material is not allowed in the Testing Center.

How do you access the WebCAPE placement exam?

  • You will receive the link and password to take the exam after you sign in at the Dallas College Testing Center. The WebCAPE site will have a list of languages on the menu available for testing.
  • Retesting is not allowed. Please do your best to answer each question included on the exam.
  • Scores and placement suggestions will be given immediately after the exam is completed. Please print the last screen for your records. This is also the documentation needed for registration.

After the exam:

Credit Students

After you have the results, the next step is to register for the course. If you are working with a success coach, please contact him/her with your results.

Continuing Education Students

Please contact the Continuing Education Office for further registration information.

Early Collegiate High School or Dual Credit Students

The success coach will receive the results directly from the Testing Center.