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Testing and Assessment Center


Commercial Avenue 215 
2125 Commercial Avenue
Madison WI 53704 
(608) 246-5220

Downtown D205 
211 North Carroll Street
Madison WI 53703 
(608) 246-5220

FORT ATKINSON 
Main Office
(920) 568-7200

Portage 
Main Office
(608) 745-3100

Reedsburg 
Main Office
(608) 524-7800

South
Main Office
(608) 243-4200

TRUAX D2603 
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704
(608) 246-5220 

Watertown 
Main Office
(920) 206-8000

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World Languages Course Placement

Madison College uses the WebCAPE exam for World Languages course placement. WebCAPE is a state-of-the-art computer test that helps us accurately and efficiently place you in the correct college language course.

The WebCAPE exam selects each test item as a result of the answer to the previous question. When you answer an item correctly, it presents a more difficult question next. If you answer an item incorrectly, it gives you an easier question. In short, the test adapts to the student’s level of ability, and will accurately determine your competency level in about twenty minutes. You will know your results upon completion of the exam.

Madison College may award tuition-free credit for previous foreign language study. You may be eligible to earn a maximum of four semesters (16 credits) if you meet the following conditions:

  • You are enrolled in a second, third, fourth. or fifth level language course.
  • You earned a grade of B or better in the course.
  • You are NOT a native speaker of the language.

Testing Times & Locations

  • No appointment is needed.
  • Truax Campus Room D2603 - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Testing time is approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
  • A valid photo ID is required.
  • Testing is not available during final exam week.

Available World Language Tests

  • 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
  • Spanish 2

    WebCAPE score 250-324

    • Spanish 2 emphasizes continued development of more complicated communicative skills through practice in listening, speaking, reading and writing.
    • On 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
  • Spanish 3

    WebCAPE score 325-399

    • Spanish 3 enhances complex commnuicative skills developed during previous semesters of study.
    • Emphasis is on speaking and writing in extended contexts, and focusing on presentational and interpersonal communication.
    • Prerequisite: Two semesters of college Spanish or two years of high school Spanish
  • 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
  • Spanish 5

    WebCAPE score 475 and above

    • Spanish 5 focuses on developing accuracy in written communication skills.
    • Building on their experience in Spanish, students study Spanish grammar at a 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
  • 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
    • French 2 emphasizes continued development of more complex communicative skills through practice in listening, speaking and writing.
    • On 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

    • French 3 is a review of grammar from previous semesters and expansion of vocabulary.
    • Emphasis is on reading and writing in French in paragraphs and full participation in conversation.
    • Prerequisite: Two semesters of college French or two years of high school French
  • French 4

    WebCAPE score 400 and above

    • This course broadens vocabulary and completes the review of grammar from French 3.
    • Prerequisite: Three semesters of college French or three years of high school French

Course Placement Policies

  • Some computer use is required for completing on-line homework assignments for all levels of Spanish and French.
  • You may retake the placement test once (a total of two attempts).
  • If you are transferring to Madison College from another college or university and you have one or more language courses on your transcript, you do not need to take the placment test.
  • Courses in Arabic and Chinese do not currently require placement testing.
  • You should bring your placement score printout to class on your first day.

Spanish Contact: Eric Baxter, Truax, (608) 243-4644 or ebaxter@madisoncollege.edu

French Contact: Mary Haight, Truax, (608)246-6471 or mhaight@madisoncollege.edu