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Placement Exam / Credit by Exam

Placement Exam

The placement exam, for which there is no charge, can be accessed by clicking on the following link:  Please contact the Department to obtain the user I.D. and password.

All incoming students who plan to continue the language they studied in high school must take the placement exam for that language. “Incoming” refers to first-year and transfer students who have no foreign language study at the college level for which credits are transferred.

Immediately upon completion of the test, the score and level of placement will appear in a pop-up, and the score should be printed out for use by the instructor or for credit by exam (see below). Students whose score falls within ten points either above or below the cut-off score for a given level should confirm their placement with the faculty member who coordinates the course (elementary or intermediate) for that language.  The names of course coordinators are available through the department contact.

Credit by Exam

For a fee, a student may take the placement test for credit at the intermediate level only.  Students who place beyond the intermediate level are eligible to receive credit for Intermediate I by taking  a higher level course, for example FRE/GER/SPA 305, and completing it with a grade of B- or higher.  Upon completion of a second course beyond the intermediate level with a grade of B- or higher, credit will be awarded for Intermediate II.

The fee for credits awarded by exam is $125 per course.

Upon completion of the courses taken, students should bring a copy of their transcript showing their course grade, together with their placement exam score, to the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.  The chairperson will write a letter in behalf of the student, which the student will then take to College Success Programs, together with their check payable to the University of Maine, which is located in 125 East Annex.

No credit is awarded for a student’s native language.


ID number:
Started: 6:59 AM Tue 11 Apr 2006
Ended: 7:04 AM Tue 11 Apr 2006
Duration: 0 hours 5 minutes
Points: 430


below 296: Spanish sem1

296 – 355: Spanish sem2

356 – 440: Spanish sem3

above 440: Spanish sem4+

NOTE: A student with a placement score at the extremes of an indicated range should consult a department advisor to consider other factors before shifting to a higher- or lower-level course.

To view these results at a later time:

  1. Go to the WebCAPE exam website again
  2. Fill out the top of the survey form exactly as you did this time
  3. 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.

JOE STUDENT received a score of 430 points, which is at the high end of the third semester. He should contact the coordinator of the Spanish section to find out whether or he should take the fourth semester Spanish course  (i.e. SPA 204) or remain at the third semester level (i.e. SPA 203)

To obtain the password or for additional information, please contact Sandra A. Lyons, Administrative Specialist, Department of Modern Languages & Classics, 201 Little Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5742; telephone (207) 581-2072; fax (207) 581-1832, or at

Revised April 29, 2013


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Contact Information

Modern Languages and Classics
201 Little Hall
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: 207-581-2072 | Fax: 207-581-1832E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469