WebCAPE Placement Test

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WebCAPE Computer-Adaptive Placement Exams: 

Bard College offers WebCAPE language placement exams, developed by the Humanities Research Center, Brigham Young University. These tests are designed to determine which language course students should take, based on their ability. The exam presents questions of different levels, adapting the questions according to the students' answers.  Once started, answer each question without interruption until the test is completed. Allow 15-20 minutes. The number of questions is not fixed—the exam will ask as many (or few) as necessary to determine your ability.
It eventually returns an ability estimate value and indicates the corresponding language course. Please copy or print your results and send them to your respective Professor.

For questions, please contact Stephanie Kufner.

Stephanie Kufner for German

Li Hua Ying
for Chinese

Odile Chilton
 for French

Melanie Nicholson
 for Spanish

Marina Kostalevsky
for Russain

Scott Partridge 
for ESL  

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English as a Second Language


Take test in English as a Second Language

To take the test please contact Stephanie Kufner and ask for the password you need to take this test. There are three different ESL placement tests:
GRAMMAR
READING
LISTENING

3 Sample questions: English

The following examples of the two type of questions:

Complete the sentence

_____ am happy.
a. She
b. I
c. He 
d. They 
e. I don't know

Grammatical error 
(replace the grammatical error in the sentence with the appropriate correction)

Carol doesn't works full-time anymore. She teaches school until twelve o'clock and then shegoes home. 
a. doesn't works 
b. teaches
c. until twelve o'clock 
d. goes home 
e. I don't know

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French


Take test in French

To take the test please contact Odile Chilton and ask for the password you need to take this test.

3 Sample questions: FRENCH

Please look at the following sample questions before taking the test.

1. Voici ma _____ voiture à vendre. 
A. aussi luxueuse 
B. plus chère 
C. la plus grande 
D. moins

2 . Quand j'ai vu Paul il était vraiment malade, je lui ai dit d'aller chez lui et de se mettre au lit tout de suite. Il m'a obéi, et il est _____. 
A. rentré à la maison 
B. retourné au bureau 
C. revenu ici 
D. sorti pour aller en ville

3. LA CHEVRE DE M. SEGUIN by Alphonse Daudet 
M. Seguin n'a jamais eu de bonheur avec ses chèvres : un beau matin elles cassent leur corde, s'en vont dans la montagne et là-haut le loup les mange. Il ne s'est pas découragé pourtant et en a acheté une autre, très jolie avec des yeux doux et de longs poils blancs. Il est ravi de voir sa chèvre gambader et brouter l'herbe de son pré. Mais il se trompe car sa chèvre s'ennuie. 
Mr. Seguin's goat _____. 
A. is very happy in its pasture 
B. doesn't eat any grass 
C. gets bored in the pasture 
D. has fun in the pasture

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German


Take test in German

To take the test please contact Stephanie Kufner and ask for the password you need to take this test.

3 Sample Questions: GERMAN

Please look at the following sample questions before taking the test.

1. Frau Grüne will ihrer Tochter eine Karte _____. 
A. zu schicken 
B. schicken 
C. geschickt

2. Wenn wir Mozarts Musik hören, so scheint sie uns königlich. Sein Leben aber unterschied sich wesentlich von dem der berühmtesten Musiker unserer Zeit. Ein Mann mit solchem Genie würde heute Millionen verdienen. Schon mit sechs Jahren nannte man ihn Wunderkind. Später war er als der größte Musiker in seiner Zeit bekannt. Aber für die Kompositionen, die reiche Personen in Wien bestellten, bekam er nur wenig Geld. Wien war damals das Hauptzentrum des Musiklebens. Trotzdem war es für Mozart oft sehr schwer, genug zu essen zu bekommen. 
Mozart komponierte für .... 
A. reiche Leute. 
B. die größten Musiker der Welt. 
C. arme Leute. 
D. seine Eltern

3. Weißt du, _____ ich gestern gesehen habe? 
A. wer 
B. wen 
C. wessen 
D. wem

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Russian


Take test in Russian

To take the test please contact Marina Kostalevsky  and ask for the password you need to take this test.

2 Sample questions: Russian

1. Профессор отвечает _____________.


A. на вопрос

B. вопрос

C. вопросу

D. на вопросе


2.    --Что вы делали вчера после работы? --Мы ходили в Большой театр. --Смотрели балет? --Нет, мы слушали оперу Глинки «Иван Сусанин». --Вы довольны? --Конечно. И музыка чудесная, и содержание оперы интересное.
How was the experience for the one attending the opera?

A. mixed feelings

B. unpleasant

C. cannot be determined

D. pleasant



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Spanish


Take test in Spanish

To take the test please contact Melanie Nicholson and ask for the password you need to take this test.

3 Sample questions: Spanish

Please look at the following sample questions before taking the test.

1. Raul is probably drinking at his uncle's tavern. 
Raúl _____ bebiendo en la taberna de su tío. 

A.esté 
B. está 
C.estaría 
D.estará

2. Todas las personas debieran tener el hábito de leer, por lo menos, una hora diariamente. La lectura es la mejor fuente de instrucción y progreso; quien no ama y aprecia los libros no se aprecia a sí mismo.Una buena fuente de lectura son los periódicos, los cuales nos ponen al tanto de las últimas noticias, y nos ayuda a mantener una mejor relación social y cultural con los demás. 
Por lo anterior deducimos que...A. si no leemos no podemos ser sociables. 
B. es necesario leer los periódicos diariamente. 
C. el hábito de leer es muy importante. 
D. solo los periódicos nos dan las últimas notic

3. ¿Le compraste las cosas? Sí, __________ compré. 
A. le las 
B. se las 
C. las se 
D. las le