Keck Language Resource Center
The Keck Language Resource Center is located on the third floor of Armstrong Hall on the west end of the building. In addition to providing a variety of services to the language departments and people studying languages, the LRC houses the campus Macintosh lab and a SmartBoard.
Language placement and proficiency testing
WebCAPE for French, German, and Spanish
Proctored exams are available ONLY during the academic year blocks 1-8 and only in the Keck Language Resource Center. No appointment is required. On the first day of the block, placement exams are available from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For the rest of the block, placement exams are available from 12:15-5:00 pm Monday through Thursday, and from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. Placement exams are not administered the last day of the block, during block break, half block, or summer session, so please plan accordingly. Also note that students can only take the placement exam once per semester.
About the WebCAPE test
The WebCAPE tests your knowledge of grammar. It is an adaptive test, meaning that if you answer a question incorrectly, it gives you an easier question, and if you answer a question correctly, it gives you a harder question. For this reason, it can take anywhere from five minutes to an hour to complete the test.
Placement testing in Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Latin, and Russian
Please contact the following faculty to arrange a placement exam
- Arabic - See Dept. of French, Italian, and Aarabic
- Chinese - Hong Jiang
- Italian - Andrea Righi
- Japanese - Paul Maruyama
- Latin - Sanjaya Thakur
- Russian - Alexei Pavlenko
LRC staff are available to consult with departments about selecting appropriate placement and proficiency instruments, setting cut scores, interpreting test results, and developing program assessment plans. LRC staff also have experience in test development, and can help departments who want to develop their own placement and proficiency instruments.
Proficiency testing using the STAMP (Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency) test
The STAMP test from Avant Assessment http://www.avantassessment.com/products/about_stamp.html is a web-based test of reading, speaking, and writing proficiency scored according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. The LRC administers STAMP tests during the academic year for students taking language courses, and LRC staff are available to help departments interpret results.