Language Information

French Placement Test Information

(2020-2021 Academic Year Information)

All first-year students who have previously studied French and who plan to fulfill a language requirement or would like to continue with their study of French, and all transfer students who plan to take French MUST take the online placement test before registering for courses.

If you are asked to take the French Placement Test during the academic year, please see below*.

 

FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE THE FRENCH PLACEMENT TEST BY AUGUST 1.

The French placement test is given online only. There are many advantages to taking it by August 1st:

 

Take French online placement test:

https://placement.madstudio.northwestern.edu/

 

Access to French placement results:

(click link below)

 

When you take the placement test before August 1, your results will be posted below by August 3. Your results will show which course to register for, or you will be asked to complete a reassessment or validation of proficiency test:

 

Reassessments:

If you earn “Reassessment”, you need to confirm your level by taking the reassessment. Due to Covid-19, we are conducting the reassessment remotely this year. It has two parts: the first one is written (a fill in the blank exercise and a short composition). You will complete this first part in a Canvas site using Quizzes between August 17th – August 21st. The second part is oral, and you will have to sign up for a zoom interview that will take place during the week of August 31st – September 2nd. This reassessment will determine which course you can register for.

 

Written part available from August 17 to August 21, 2020 at midnight:

https://canvas.northwestern.edu/courses/123674

Oral Interview from August 31 to September 2nd 2020. Please sign-up for the oral before August 24:

https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/LanguagePlacementFrench@nuwildcat.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/s/o37Ofpz8DEKSZN_lXh5Zlg2

 

 

Validation of Proficiency

Congratulations! Your test results are high enough that you qualify for the validation of proficiency test, which will determine whether you have satisfied the Weinberg foreign language requirement and/or qualify for an intermediate or advanced course. Due to Covid-19, we are conducting the validation of proficiency test remotely this year. It has two parts: the first one is written (a fill in the blank exercise and a short composition). You will complete this first part in a Canvas site using Quizzes between August 17th – August 21st. The second part is oral, and you will have to sign up for a zoom interview that will take place during the week of August 31st – September 2nd. The validation of proficiency test will determine which course you can register for.

 

Written part available from August 17 to August 21, 2020 at midnight:

https://canvas.northwestern.edu/courses/123674

Oral Interview from August 31 to September 2nd 2020. Please sign-up for the oral before August 24:

https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/LanguagePlacementFrench@nuwildcat.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/s/o37Ofpz8DEKSZN_lXh5Zlg2

 

Before registering for French courses at Northwestern, you MUST take the online French placement test. If you have an AP score of 5, you have satisfied the Weinberg foreign language requirement in French.  We encourage you to continue your French studies at Northwestern.  Please take the online French Placement test prior to registering for French 210 or French 211.  If you have questions, please consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies for French.

 

*If you take the French Placement Test during the academic year, your results will be posted (link below) within 72 hours of your submission. If you have any questions, please contact the French Placement Test Adviser, Aude Raymond (araymond@northwestern.edu).

Other than during Wildcat Welcome, Reassessments and Validation of Proficiency interviews will be held by appointment only. Once you have retrieved your placement exam results online (indicating “Reassessment” or "Validation of Proficiency), email Prof. Aude Raymond and Prof. Dominique Licops, to make an appointment.

Sample Placement Test Questions
A sampling of the types of questions on the placement test is available. Please review the sample questions before taking the test.