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Modern Languages

Placement information

If you have previous experience in a language and can demonstrate sufficient proficiency, you may receive advanced credit and placement.


If you have not taken French before or have high school French, register in the course indicated (no placement test required):

  • No French: take FREN 101
  • Taken French at UFV: register for the next level up
  • Completed grade 12 French with a grade of B or better: take FREN 215 or 216
  • Completed grade 12 French with a grade of less than B: take FREN 102
  • Completed grade 11 French: take FREN 101
  • Completed less than grade 11 French: take FREN 101

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.

Contact the Modern Language department at to request an online link to the French placement test. You should allow a minimum of 1 hour to complete the test once you have begun. There is both a written and oral component to the test so please make sure your microphone has been set up properly on your computer before beginning. The test does not allow you to pause and to restart at any time, although you may rerecord any audio portion within the time limits.  Once the test has been completed, please email the department to confirm completion.  The Dept. head will be in touch with you once the test has been reviewed and graded for further discussion and advice on how to proceed.

No, studying is not necessary or recommended, so that we can assess your level accurately.

You should allow approximately an hour to complete the test.

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.

The test is valid for up to two semesters.

Other languages

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.

Proficiency certificates

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.

"In my first year I realized that my passion was with French and it was something that was super enjoyable. I wasn't fluent to begin so it was a lot of work and effort but at the same time it was very rewarding. It opened my eyes to a new culture and a new way of life.

  • – Raymond Kobes
  •    Bachelor of Arts, French major and Business minor
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