Concordia uses the CAPE for its world language placement. This inventory determines class placement only, not credit.
You are required to take the CAPE if you studied French, German or Spanish during high school and will be studying the same language at Concordia. The inventory is not available online for Norwegian, Chinese, Greek or Latin. Students studying those languages should contact the departments for placement information.
During the Inventory
Do not use dictionaries, grammar books or other study aids while taking the test. It is important the test reflects your ability and places you in an appropriate class level.
Take the test only once. Only your first test results are accepted.
Prepare to spend 15-20 minutes completing the inventory.
Your placement is based on the number of incorrect answers at certain levels. Also, the inventory is multiple choice and uses your answers to tailor upcoming questions.
The college is not in control of all factors that may impact your test experience, especially since this inventory is Web based. Only click links once and if nothing seems to be happening, click the “stop” button on your browser and try the link again.
Enter personal information and foreign language experience at the beginning of the inventory. Use your Concordia ID or social security number, along with your Concordia e-mail provided by admissions.
Once You're Finished
At the end of the CAPE, you will be taken to a report page where your score will be posted. Follow the directions to print, save or e-mail your results.
You will not receive a specific course placement recommendation. Instead, your inventory information will be communicated to the Registrar’s office where your placement will be determined.
Note: If you are taking the CAPE less than 48 hours before advisement at Concordia, please bring two copies of your test results so they can be included in your advising folder.
Ready to Begin?
- Disable pop-up blockers on your computer. The placement inventory appears as a pop-up and will not run if pop-up blockers are active.
- Use the following as your CAPE password: cobbers1
- Fill out this short form BEFORE taking the placement test.