If you have previous experience in a language and can demonstrate sufficient proficiency, you may receive advanced credit and placement.
What course should you register for?
If you have not taken French before or have high school French, register in the course indicated (no placement test required):
Who needs to take a placement test?
If you have studied for several years in a francophone institution or are a native French speaker, you need to take a placement test. You can block challenge both FREN 215 and 216.
If you studied French in high school (at least to grade 11) over 4 to 5 years ago you also need to take a placement test.
How do you set up a placement test?
Contact the Modern Language department and request to schedule a placement test. You can schedule the test any week day between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.
Should you study for the placement test?
No, studying is not necessary or recommended, so that we can assess your level accurately.
How long does the placement test take?
The test takes approximately a half an hour, depending on the student.
What happens next?
Typically, placement tests are reviewed by a faculty member one or two days after the test is written. The department will contact you within a week of completing the test with your course placement. During the summer, these times may be slightly delayed.
How long is the placement test valid for?
The test is valid for up to two semesters.
For other languages, if you have previous language learning and are unsure what level would be a good fit for you, contact the instructor of the course you are enquiring about.
If you have previously studied Spanish or are new to the language, you can take a free placement test to determine your general level, whether beginner, intermediate or advanced.
If you already have the 101/102 level component, i.e., grade 12 level, you can have the first-year requirement waived and can register for the second-year level course.