UVA French Placement (F-CAPE) Exam

The F-CAPE is a computerized, multiple-choice exam. It tests grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension; there are no listening or speaking components.

The online French Placement Test (F-CAPE exam) is used to determine a student's appropriate placement in a French course at UVA.  A student may earn exemption from the College's foreign language competency requirement by placing beyond the French 2020 level on the exam. For those students who do not place beyond 2020 (the fourth-semester, intermediate course), the exam indicates the appropriate level at which to continue studying French at UVA in order to satisfy the language requirement or to prepare for more advanced study of the language.

Who Should Take the Placement Test?

  • Entering first-year students who have studied French in high school, but who have not taken the SAT II French exam, should take the online French Placement Test (also called the F-CAPE exam) before summer orientation.  See the link to instructions below. (If you have taken the SAT II in French, you will not need to take the Placement Test.  You may take the Placement Test, however, if you came very close to testing out of the requirement with the SAT II and want a second chance at doing so.)
  • Entering students who have taken the AP exam in French, but who will not receive their AP scores until after summer registration, should go ahead and take the online Placement Test to get a general idea of the appropriate placement before registering for fall classes.  We will always use the higher of two exam scores if the results indicate different levels of placement in French.
  • The Placement Test (F-CAPE exam) is intended for entering students and may only be taken once.  The test may occasionally be useful for current students who have not had French for many years or who already have a placement score, but from a test taken several years ago.
  • Transfer students:  If you receive transfer credit for elementary or intermediate-level French courses taken at another institution before you matriculate to the university, you should continue with the next level of French here.  If you received transfer credit for the equivalent of French 2020, then you have satisfied the College’s foreign language requirement. (The next course in sequence is either French 2320 or 3031.)  If you did not receive transfer credit for your previous French study, you should take the online Placement Test (F-CAPE exam).  You may also wish to refer to the Arts and Sciences website for information about transfer credits: Transfer Credit from Other Institutions | Undergraduate, U.Va. (virginia.edu)

Once you have your F-CAPE score, please review the French Course Placement information carefully. 

Where and When is the F-CAPE Exam Administered?

Please take the test online before your summer orientation session.  (See instructions below.)

Instructions for Taking the F-CAPE Exam

Placement Exam Instructions 

You may take the exam only once. Please read the following information fully, before starting the exam. Please remember to print a copy of your exam score at the end of the exam.

Follow these steps closely:

  1. You will need an account to take the test.
    • If you have an @virginia.edu email address, you MUST use it in creating your account.
    • Include your SIS STUDENT ID in the Student ID field.
    • Please include your full name.
    • Create your account here
  2. Complete the pre-test survey in full.
  3. Complete the placement test. Submission of the exam in your name means that the score honestly reflects your current language abilities without assistance from other people or any materials. Using such assistance is considered an honor violation.
  4. Follow the instructions you receive at the end of the exam.
  5. PRINT a copy of your exam score report, to use during registration and on the first day of class. You can access your score report after the exam by logging back in to the account you created (go to app.webcape.net)

If you experience a technical problem while taking the exam, please try the exam again later. If problems persist, please contact your language program’s placement coordinator.

This exam is to be used exclusively for the purpose of determining placement in UVA language courses.

If you do experience technical difficulties, please note the following:

Placement Test: Technical FAQs

If you experience a technical problem while taking the exam, please try the exam again later. If problems persist, please contact   Karen James, the French Language Program Director.  

What if I have a problem interpreting my score or with the language content in the test?

Check the French Course Placement information on this website: http://french.virginia.edu/undergraduate/elemintermed/placement. If you cannot find an answer to your question regarding placement in French courses, please contact the Language Program Director in French, Karen James, at ksj7c@virginia.edu.  Please indicate your test results in your message.