The WebCAPE (Computer Adaptive Placement Exam) uses state-of-the-art computer testing techniques to accurately and efficiently place students in the first two years of college language courses. It also can evaluate employee proficiency levels, and if their fluency is appropriate for your business. The WebCAPE exam selects each test item as a result of the answer to the previous question. When the student answers an item correctly, a more difficult question is presented; if an item is answered incorrectly, an easier question is given. In short, the test “adapts” to the student’s level of ability and will accurately determine the student’s competency level in about twenty minutes. Some of the benefits of using the WebCAPE placement exam over conventional paper-and-pencil type tests include the reduction of the testing time to about twenty minutes. Boredom and frustration are diminished by eliminating items that are far too easy or much too difficult.
The WebCAPE provides immediate feedback where, on completion of the exam, students are able to see their score. Test administration and supervision are also greatly simplified. The computer handles the instructions, branching, scoring, and reporting. Because of the lack of time pressure, students are able to work at their own pace.
With the WebCAPE, the complete report is available online using a result-management web page. Problems related to cheating and test security are virtually nonexistent since each test is unique to one test taker. Computerized adaptive exams are more accurate than written tests, and placement of proficiency has never been easier.