French Placement Test

Information

Who has fulfilled the Language Requirement?

Normally, students who scored a 5 on the AP exam, a 760 on the SAT Subject, 7 on the higher-level IB test, a grade of A on the British A-level exam administers in 2019 have fulfilled their language requirements do not need to take the placement test and are eligible for an FRE 200+ class.  However, due to the changed examination circumstances due to Coronavirus, all students who received these scores on tests administered in 2020 must take the Departmental Placement Test in order to confirm their advanced placement. Students will be awarded advanced placement credit if they pass the departmental placement test.

Students who have already met the language requirement are encouraged to enroll in an upper-division class if they wish to pursue further studies in French. For information about possible pathways, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies Professor Christy Wampole.

Who should take the French Placement Test?

All incoming students with previous experience in French who have not completed the language requirements or who have not taken the SAT or IB test have to take the placement test and will be placed into the appropriate level of the sequence by means of an online proficiency test administered prior to course registration. Students can only be placed in FRE 101, 103, 105, 108, and 207 (the latter placement must be confirmed with an interview by the placement officer.

Students who previously took a French language class in the French Department (FRE 101-102-103-105) and who studied abroad during a semester or over the summer must retake the French Placement Test so that their level can be reassessed in order to enroll in the appropriate class level.

Students enrolled in language classes at Princeton (e.g 102, 102-7, 103, 105, 107, 108) and who have decided to take language classes in other institutions after their Princeton language classes must retake the placement test once they have completed their non-Princeton courses. The Placement Test will be the only indicator of the class in which they can enroll once they are back from their studies.

Credit for language courses is approved on a provisional basis and must be pre-approved. Information on pre-approval. Credit is not conferred until after you return to campus and the department determines that you have placed beyond that level. One course credit for beginning language may be granted if the department determines that you have progressed beyond the 102 level in the language. Credit for other language classes (e.g. 107, 108, etc.) is also dependent on departmental assessment after you complete the summer class. Note that language classes must have a minimum of 60 hours and meet for at least 4 weeks. So if you want to take a language class, remember that everything depends on the Placement Test, conducted by the Placement Officer in the Department of French and Italian, that you take when you return to campus.

Class Sequencing

  • The normal sequence for complete beginners or false beginners who placed into FRE 101 is the following:
    • FRE 101FRE 102FRE 107.
  • Any other students with prior experience in French must take the French placement test and may place into FRE 101, FRE 103, FRE 105, or FRE 108 or a 200+ level class.
  • Class sequencing for students enrolled in FRE 103 is the following:
    • FRE 103FRE 107.
  • Class sequencing for students enrolled in FRE 105 is the following:
    • FRE 105FRE 108.
  • Note:
    • Students may also be placed directly into 108.
    • Students with a high grade in FRE 101 may be admitted (with their professor recommendation and an interview) to the accelerated double-credit spring course FRE 102-7, which also satisfies the University’s language requirement.
    • Students who have completed 107, 108, or 102-7 are eligible to apply for the summer program in Aix-en-Provence (FRE 207F) or proceed to take any 200+ level classes.
      Students enrolled in language classes at Princeton (e.g 102, 102-7, 103, 105, 107, 108) and who have decided to take language classes in other institutions after their Princeton language classes must retake the placement test once they have completed their non-Princeton courses. The Placement Test will be the only indicator of the class in which they can enroll once they are back from their studies.

Important Information for Course Planning Purposes:

  • FRE 101 and 105 are NOT offered in the spring. If students place into 101 and 105 and do not enroll during the fall semester, they will have to wait until the following academic year to enroll in those classes.
  • FRE 102 is only offered in the spring and is in sequence with FRE 101. No students can be placed into FRE 102 by the Placement Test.
  • No Students can be placed into FRE 107 by the Placement Test
  • Students can only take the Placement Test once a year

For any questions related to the Placement Test, Please contact Dr. Murielle Perrier

Instructions

  1. After logging in to Blackboard, click the Language Placement Tests link in the Course Catalog module.
  2. Hover over the name of the language and click the chevron that appears then click Enroll.
  3. On the page that opens, click the Submit button, then the OK button. This will take you to the test site.
  4. You are not required to take the test immediately; you can return to the test site at any time during the testing period by following the link that will appear in your My Current / Recent Courses module.


If you have any questions, please contact the French Placement Test Officer, Dr. Murielle Perrier.

Diagram: French Placement Test 2016