University of Maryland Global Campus offers placement testing for French, German, and Spanish language courses.

Get answers to common questions below.

Important Placement Testing Questions

When is the best time to take a placement test? +

It is strongly recommended that you take placement tests in your first term at UMGC. While test results are generally downloaded to students' records on a daily basis, it is strongly recommended that placement tests be taken at least four business days before the last day of term registration. Otherwise, we cannot guarantee your results will be posted in time for you to register for courses.  

How do I register for placement tests? +

Online Proctored Exam

If you have been advised to take the online placement test for French, German, or Spanish, please visit Placement Tests and follow the instructions in the Foreign Language Placement Test section.

When will I know my placement test results? +

Immediately following the test, your placement score will be available on the computer screen. Occasionally, the software does not allow students to print their results. However, as long as your proctor used our link, then Accuplacer will have a copy of your placement.

The results of your placement test will be posted to Placement Exams in MyUMGC approximately 48 hours after you complete the exam. Your advisor should be able to see your results by then.

Am I required to take a placement test for math, writing, or foreign languages? +

There are no math or writing placement tests at UMGC.

You might be required to take a foreign language placement test. Please e-mail languages@umgc.edu to determine if you need to take a placement exam in any foreign language courses offered by UMGC.

About the Tests

Is there a cost to take a placement test? +

There is no cost for the placement test itself.

What is the WebCAPE Foreign Language Placement Exam? +

The WebCAPE Foreign Language Placement Exam is an internationally recognized language proficiency and assessment tool. UMGC uses the WebCAPE exam to assess your proficiency in French, German, and Spanish.

Test Preparation

What do I need to bring with me to take a placement test? +

Valid picture identification (state-issued driver's license or ID card, passport, or military ID) is required for all placement testing, regardless of the location.

Can I use a study guide during a placement test? +

Study guides or electronic devices cannot be used during the placement test session.

Special Circumstances

Can I use a placement test from another college? +

Our questions and guidelines are unique to UMGC. Therefore, we cannot accept placement tests from other colleges.

Can I register for a placement test now and take the test later? +

We suggest you take your placement test within four to six weeks from the approval date. You can register as far in advance as you'd like.

Will I still need to take a placement test if I am deployed? +

Yes, you will still need to take the placement test. Please see alternative testing sites to learn how to find an acceptable proctor while you are deployed.

Does UMGC allow me to take a placement test again? +

Yes. Students may take the actual placement test twice, and they must wait at least 24 hours to retake it.