Knowing More than One Language Is Critical in Today’s World.

Adelphi University prepares students to be informed and culturally sensitive citizens. Knowledge of more than one language, and more than one culture, is important for any career, and every field of study.

Who Needs to Complete the Language Requirement?

All students working toward a BA degree (including STEP, honors and transfer students) and all students in the Levermore Global Scholars program must meet the language requirement. Students who change from a BS to a BA program must then meet the language requirement for the BA degree.

What Do You Need to Complete the Language Requirement?

By the time you graduate, you must demonstrate proficiency in their chosen language at a fourth-semester level.

Language Exam Requirements

All students with some knowledge of a second language are asked to take a placement exam, which will determine your language skill and place you at the correct level. Please note: The test is for placement purposes only. Placement tests are offered in the following languages:

Students, please follow these steps to register and complete the WebCAPE requirement:

  1. Follow this link to take the exam.
  2. Enter your information to register and create an account. You must use your email address to proceed.
  3. Once your information has been entered, click “Create Account”.
  4. Once the account has been created, click “Sign In” to proceed.
  5. Sign in using the email address and password you just used to create your account. Be sure to save this login information in the event you need to access your account again. You can log back in at any time at
  6. After signing in, you will be brought to your Dashboard. From here, you can select the language(s) you would like to take by clicking on “Take Test” and proceeding through the exam.
  7. Once you have finished the exam, please print your results and give them to your advisor.

If you have any questions about WebCAPE registration, please contact Ignacio Arellano Torres .

  1. Through Moodle, Adelphi’s online learning management system, you can access the Italian and Japanese Placement Exam.
  2. Enter your universal name and password and click “Login”
  3. On the following page, click “Italian/Japanese Placement Exam” to begin the exam.
  4. Upon completing the placement exam, you will see the results automatically in your Internet browser. Please print a copy of this and bring it to Adelphi during your Orientation session.
  5. Under no circumstances may you register for a level lower or higher than the one to which you are assigned.

To take a test for Greek or Latin, please contact Professor Ignacio Arellano Torres or 516.877.4057 ext. 4057.

If you feel you are already proficient in one of the above languages, or have placed above level IV in the placement test, you must take the proficiency test on campus in the department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

For other languages not taught in the department please contact the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s office at

  • If you began taking a language in high school which is also offered at Adelphi, your placement test will determine how many semesters of the language you will need to take to satisfy the requirement. For example, if you place into Level II, this means you need three semesters of language to complete the requirement (Levels II, III and IV). Keep in mind that high school and college language levels are very different and we can only transfer direct equivalences for up to level II of a language when the college level language courses are completed during high school.
  • If you have taken an AP language exam, please consult our Advanced Placement Credit chart for credits allowed.
  • If you scored above a Level lV on your placement test, or if you feel you are proficient in a language, please email Ignacio Arellano Torres to take a supervised test for proficiency.
  • Demonstrated completion of three years of high school education in a non-English-speaking country will satisfy the requirement.
Though the College of Arts and Sciences requires four semesters (or the equivalent) of a language, all students are encouraged to go beyond that requirement and to deepen their knowledge of another language, its literature, and its culture. Students have found that majoring in a language or adding a language minor greatly enriches their educational experience and provides them with a solid base of knowledge and skills that enhance future studies and career. The study of a language focuses the student on a means through which a culture organizes the world and reality.
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