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Modern Language Placement Test

Students who register for any language courses should consult the required language level. It would help if you determined which course is appropriate for them, given any previous high school, prior college coursework, or Heritage speaker status.

  • Students unsure of their language skills are encouraged to complete the Modern Languages placement testing. The assessment determines the appropriate course for the student to enroll in. Placement scores will expire after two years.
  • Students with no previous background in modern language do not need placement testing and should enroll at the 101 level.
  • Students who speak Chinese, French, German, Italian, or Spanish but have had little or no formal education in the language should complete the Modern Language Placement assessment for course placement. 
  • Students who speak Spanish at home but have little or no formal education in Spanish should enroll in SPN 251 – Spanish for Spanish Speakers or complete the Modern Languages Placement exam.
  • This placement assessment is for students interested in enrolling in a language course. ECC also offers language proficiency credit. Successful completion of proficiency awards academic credit to a student's ECC record. Students who are Heritage Speakers are encouraged to complete a Proficiency Request Form - PDF.

Modern Language Placement Test Scores

WebCAPE Scoring Criteria
Score Range Placement
Below 270 Spanish 101
270-345 Spanish 102
346-427 Spanish 201
Above 427 Spanish 202
Above 600 + Heritage Speaker Spanish 211, 251, 261
0-199 Chinese 101
200-399 Chinese 102
400-599 Chinese 201
Above 600 Chinese 202
Below 260 French 101
260-336 French 102
337-402 French 201
Above 402 French 202
Below 292 German 101
292-383 German 102
384-492 German 201
Above 492 German 202
0-199 Italian 101
200-399 Italian 102
400-599 Italian 201
Above 600 Italian 202


Testing Center

Building B, Room B115
Fax: 847-608-5474

Exam Registration

Monday through Thursday: 9 am to 7 pm
Friday and Saturday: Closed

*Note: The Testing Center is closed Tuesdays from 2 to 3 pm for a department meeting. All tests and materials are collected 15 minutes before closing.