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World Languages Course Placement

TEST FOR PLACEMENT INTO SPANISH (Level 2 and higher) and FRENCH (Level 2 and higher) COURSES:

World Language Course Placement Testing (WebCAPE):
  • Friday mornings at the Commercial Avenue Campus (Room 215),  from 8:30-11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday afternoons at the Truax Campus Test Center (Room D2603), from 12:30-3:00 p.m.
  • It is not necessary to make an appointment. Testing time is approximately 20 - 30 minutes.
  • For more information call (608) 246-6888.

World Languages Course Placement

Native speakers of Spanish or French should NOT enroll in our introductory-level courses in their native language. Madison College defines native language as the primary language of instruction used at your high school. If a native speaker chooses to enroll in one of our introductory-level courses in his/her native language, he/she must take the placement test and consult with the instructor.

World Languages Course Placement: Spanish

Spanish 1 WebCAPE score 0-249

Spanish 1 is for students beginning the study of Spanish. On completion students are able to participate in uncomplicated conversations on everyday topics.  Some computer use is required for completing on-line homework assignments. 

Spanish 2 WebCAPE score 250-324

Spanish 2 emphasizes continued development of more complex communicative skills through practice in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Upon completion, students possess the skills necessary to handle simple, everyday survival tasks in Hispanic cultures. Prerequisite: one semester of college Spanish or one year of high school Spanish.  Some computer use is required for completing on-line homework assignments. 

Spanish 3 WebCAPE score 325-399

Spanish 3 enhances complex communicative skills developed during previous semesters of study. Emphasis is placed on speaking and writing in extended contexts, focusing on presentational and interpersonal communication. Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish or two years of high school Spanish.  Some computer use is required for completing on-line homework assignments. 

Spanish 4 WebCAPE score 400-474

This course focuses on expanding vocabulary, increasing grammatical accuracy and achieving paragraph-length discourse. Using the target language, students read and discuss culturally centered texts, review and broaden grammatical knowledge, complete oral and written exercises, write compositions and make formal class presentations. Prerequisite: three semesters of college Spanish or three years of high school Spanish.  Some computer use is required for completing on-line homework assignments. 

Spanish 5 WebCAPE score 475 and above

Spanish 5 focuses on developing accuracy in written communication skills. Building on their experience in Spanish 4, students study Spanish grammar at greater breadth and depth than was required in previous courses, with the ultimate objective of improving their ability to write accurately in Spanish. Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish or four years of high school Spanish.

Notes:

  1. Students may re-take the placement test once (a total of two attempts).

  2. Beginning Spanish students who are apprehensive about their first language course might choose to start out with Introductory Spanish Conversation.  Although this course is not intended for college transfer, it will help to prepare students for the college transfer Spanish 1.

  3. Students who are transferring to Madison College from another college or university, and who have one or more language courses on their transcript, do not have to take the placement test if they wish to continue in the same language.

  4. Courses in Arabic and Chinese do not currently require placement test scores.

  5. Students should bring their placement score printout to class on the first day.

  6. Contact for questions regarding Spanish placement: Tamesia Sosa, Truax room 312C, (608) 243-4029 or tsosa@madisoncollege.edu


World Languages Course Placement: French

French 1 WebCAPE score 0-230

French 1 is for students beginning the study of French. It emphasizes development of basic communicative skills through practice in listening, speaking, reading and writing. On completion students are able to participate in uncomplicated conversations on everyday topics. 

French 2 WebCAPE 231-309

French 2 emphasizes continued development of more complex communicative skills through practice in listening, speaking and writing. Upon completion, students possess the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills necessary to handle simple, everyday survival tasks in francophone cultures. Prerequisite: One semester of college French or one year of high school French. 

French 3 WebCAPE score 310-399

In French 3 a review of grammar from previous semesters is initiated and vocabulary is broadened. Emphasis is placed on speaking and writing in French in “paragraphs” as a full participant in a conversation. Prerequisite: Two semesters of college French, or two years of high school French. 

French 4 WebCAPE score 400 and above

This course is designed for the student who has completed three semesters of college French, or three years of high school French. The review of grammar from 20-802-223, French 3, is completed and vocabulary is broadened. Prerequisite: three semesters of college French, or three years of high school French.

Notes:

  1. Students may re-take the placement test once (a total of two attempts).

  2. Students who are transferring to Madison College from another college or university, and who have one or more language courses on their transcript, do not have to take the placement test if they wish to continue in the same language.

  3. Courses in Arabic and Chinese do not currently require placement test scores.

  4. Students should bring their placement score printout to class on the first day.

  5. Contact for questions regarding French placement: Mary Haight, Truax room 392C, (608) 246-6471  or mhaight@madisoncollege.org