Missouri State University

SOAR: Student Orientation, Advisement and Orientation

Foreign Language Placement Exam Info

Missouri State University uses the foreign language placement exam to help determine your level of skill in a specific language and your potential to succeed in a specific course. We recommend that you take the exam prior to your SOAR session.

You take the exam to evaluate your proficiency in the following languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Your placement exam results are good for as long as you remain an undergraduate student at Missouri State.

Who takes the exam?

The foreign language placement exam is not required. However, students who have taken at least one year of French, German or Spanish in high school or have some other type or language experience are required to take the exam prior to enrolling in language courses.

Exam format

The computerized exam is offered online and can be taken at any time. It typically takes about 30 minutes to complete, and your results will be available at the conclusion of the test.

The exam using multiple choice questions to evaluate knowledge of:

  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Reading comprehension

Taking the exam

Follow the steps below to take the foreign language placement exam:

  1. Access the WebCAPE system
  2. Select Missouri State University from the dropdown list and click Go
  3. Enter bears1 in the password box and click Login
  4. Select the language you wish to test from the dropdown list and click Begin
  5. Enter your name and BearPass number and click Continue
  6. Answer the test questions in the allotted time

Your results will appear at the conclusion of the exam. You can also view your placement scores in My Missouri State:

  1. Log in to My Missouri State
  2. Click the Academics Tab
  3. Click Student Records in the Student Info Resources box
  4. Click Test Scores

If you are unhappy with your scores, you may apply to the head of the modern and classical languages department for written permission to take the exam again in a supervised setting.

Foreign language courses at Missouri State

Foreign language requirements are determined by your degree type, major and/or minor. Foreign language courses are not required by the general education program. Reference the Undergraduate Catalog to determine if and what foreign language courses will be required of you.

You aren’t required to take a language course during your first semester. However, you may want to consider taking language courses as soon as possible, as language skills learned in high school tend to decrease over time without study or practice.

Transfer and AP language credit

If your credit transfers to Missouri State as a Spanish, French or German course of level 101, 102 and 201, you will not need to take the foreign language placement exam. Any subsequent language courses you wish to take will begin at the next highest course level.

An Advanced Placement score of 4 or higher will give you up to 6 hours of elective credit. Please contact the modern and classical languages department head to determine placement.

If your courses are transferred from another college as electives, please contact the Modern and Classical Languages department head to determine placement.