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Language Placement Test FAQ

    
True North from WebCAPE 
Everything you need to know about the City Colleges of Chicago Language Placement Test.   

   
WHAT IS TRUE NORTH LANGUAGE PLACEMENT TEST?   
   
The True North Language Placement Test by WebCAPE is a language proficiency assessment aligned to national language standards as determined by American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). It is used to ensure that students are placed appropriately in language courses in order to communicate in a World Language.    
   
All CCC Language courses fulfill the CCC Human Diversity requirement toward degree. Language coursework 104 and above are IAI/GE and may be applied toward the CCC Humanities requirement for your degree.  For further information about how languages fit your goals, your major, and your degree, speak with a CCC advisor.    
   
There is no credit awarded for the Language Placement Test nor is it judged on a pass/fail basis. These scores help to determine which courses are most appropriate for your current language level. And it only takes about 20 minutes to find out.     

 
WHO NEEDS TO TAKE THE TRUE NORTH LANGUAGE PLACEMENT TEST?   

Students are required to take the True North Language Placement Test if the student:   
  • ​Has experienced, understands some, speaks some, or knows some of the language of study, or  
  • Has taken one or more courses in the language of study in grade school or high school.  
 
Students will not be required to take the True North Language Placement Test and may register for a 101 language classes if the student:  
  • ​Has no experience with, does not understand, and/or has never spoken the language of study,  
  • Has never taken any course in the language of study in grade school or high school,  
  • Received a C or better in a college level credit language course before CCC, or  
  • Received a C or better in a language course at CCC.  
 
WHEN SHOULD I TAKE THE LANGUAGE PLACEMENT TEST?                        
   
It is recommended that you take the test right before registering for a language class. It can be completed in the Testing Center at the same time you take other CCC placement exams.  Language Placement Test scores are valid for one year. Students are required to re-take the Placement Test if previous scores are more than a year old.                         
                           
HOW DO I TAKE THE PLACEMENT TEST?                

Take the True North Placement Test from WebCAPE on your own (using the link for your language of study below (You will be redirected to the True North website for webCAPE testing in the chosen language), or in the Testing Center of any of the seven City Colleges.   
                      
   
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR TRUE NORTH from WebCAPE?              
  • ​Enter your name, email address, and City Colleges of Chicago student ID number into the appropriate boxes on the page.   
  • Create a new password to log-in for the first time.   
  • Take a brief survey about the language you are testing for and then your True North Language Placement Test will begin.   
  • The test is untimed and is multiple choice.   
  • Present the score to an advisor, Testing Center, or language faculty at your desired City Colleges of Chicago location for final placement.                 
 
WHO ADMINISTERS THE TRUE NORTH PLACEMENT TEST?                         
  • ​Take the Placement Test remotely online using one of the links above.  
  • To take the test at a CCC location, follow the procedures at the Testing Center at your college. Some colleges handle walk-ins, but others may not. Please check with the college Testing Center ahead of time.  If taken at a CCC Testing Center, the test will be administered by the Testing Center Coordinator and staff at one of the seven City Colleges. One member of the Testing Center staff will be present when you take the test.  
  • If you are new to City Colleges of Chicago, take the test on the same day you take other CCC Placement Tests.          
 
HOW MUCH DO TRUE NORTH PLACEMENT TESTS COST?                 
            
There is no charge to students for taking any Placement Test.         
                              
ARE THERE PRACTICE TESTS AVAILABLE?                       
               
There are no sample questions or tests for the True North Language Placement Test. Review texts or course materials from previous classes to prepare on your own.                         
                           
WHAT IS IMPORTANT FOR ME TO KNOW ON THE DAY OF THE TEST?             
  • ​When taking the CCC General Placement Tests (Math and/or English), take the Language Placement Test if you are interested in or need language classes to transfer to a university.  
  • No dictionaries, textbooks or notes should be used while you take the Placement Test. The purpose of this test is to make sure you are placed appropriately in courses where you can succeed and make progress. 
  • Relax! This is not a pass or fail test. It’s about which language course fits your current level of knowledge and skills.  
 
DO I NEED TO DO ANYTHING AFTER I TAKE THE LANGUAGE PLACEMENT TEST?   
   
The Testing Center staff or your Academic Advisor may direct you to a faculty member for an aural/oral assessment with a faculty expert for your language to verify the placement. This faculty advising piece may take place in person at the college, or by phone.           
                           
OTHER WORLD LANGUAGES          
                        
Not all languages (such as Japanese or Polish) are available through True North by WebCAPE.  Your advisor will direct you to the appropriate faculty advisor for placement in any languages not available by True North.  
   

              

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