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MFLL Language Placement Exams

Spanish SpeakerHave you had at least 2 years of a language in high school (but NOT studied that same language at the university level)? If so, you should take the placement test in that language.

Not all majors specifically require you to complete a foreign language, but completing a two-course sequence of a foreign language at the intermediate level will fulfill one of your General Education requirements ("Cultures & Civilizations," to be precise). Completing and doing well on the online foreign language placement exam gives you a boost before you even take your first college course! It means you can skip the beginner language courses and move directly to the intermediate level, and therefore closer to completing your Gen Ed requirements.

What Can I Expect?

The online placement exam is a series of multiple-choice questions focusing on vocabulary, grammar and reading comprehension. It should take you approximately 10 – 40 minutes to finish the exam. The introductory survey must be completed in order for the exam to be evaluated.

It is important to note that there is no advantage to using anything other than your own brain power to complete the language examination. If you place at a level above your actual knowledge, you'll find yourself out of your league in a class that's beyond your abilities—perhaps even risking a failing grade. Save yourself some future stress, be honest with yourself, and don't try to exceed your limits!


Your exam score will determine your placement in the appropriate course. If you place into a 200-level course, you will receive 6 hours of elementary language credit upon successful completion of a 200-level course in the same language at UTK, provided you do not enroll and receive credit for any 100-level courses in the same language. If you place into a 300-level course, you will receive 6 hours of intermediate language credit upon successful completion of a 300-level course in the same language at UTK, provided you do not enroll and receive credit for any 200-level courses in the same language.

Placement test scores expire after one year. This means you have one year from the date you take the placement to register for the course you place into or to take the proctored exam if you place out of the language requirement and do not wish to continue to the next course. After that point, you will have to re-take the placement test. Keep in mind that your score is likely to drop the longer it has been since you studied the language, so you should take your language requirement as soon as possible.

If you place into 200- or 300-level courses and do not wish to continue in the language but wish to receive 6 hours of 100- or 200-level credit for your online exam, you may do so by completing a proctored exam during the next 12 months and confirming the results of your online placement examination. For information about how and where to take this confirmation exam, click here.

Let's Go! (For Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish)

PLEASE NOTE: While the WebCAPE system may allow you to take the exam multiple times, only your first score is considered valid. PLEASE TAKE YOUR EXAM SERIOUSLY, AS ONLY YOUR FIRST SCORE WILL COUNT!

  • Go to the WebCAPE site.
  • Enter the password: govols2019.
  • Select the exam you want to take: Chinese, French, German, Russian, or Spanish.
  • COMPLETELY fill out the the exam ID form and click "Continue" at the bottom of the form. Note: Please enter your UT Student ID number as your ID number. Do not enter your Social Security number.
  • You will then receive instructions for the exam, and a sample exam question to make sure you understood the directions. Once you answer the sample exam question, the actual test will begin.
  • At the end of the exam, you will receive your exam results. They can be printed out, but your advisor will also have access to the results online.

If you do not see your language listed above:

Instructions for taking the Arabic placement exam can be obtained by clicking here.

Instructions for taking the Latin placement exam are located on the College of Arts & Sciences site. Questions about the Latin Placement Exam should be directed to the Department of Classics.

Otherwise, there is not an online placement examination for your language. Please consult your advisor or the section head for the language into which you wish to be placed, and he or she will guide you through the next step in testing for your language.

If you have already taken the placement exam and need to retrieve your score:

  • Go to the WebCAPE site.
  • Enter the password: govols2019.
  • Select the exam you took: Chinese, French, German, Russian, or Spanish.
  • Fill out the top of the survey form exactly as you did previously.
  • Press the Resume button.
  • To make a copy of these results use your browser's File menu to save them to a file, print them, or send them via email.

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