Language Information

French Placement Test Information

(2022-2023 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 have never studied French before, you can registrer for French 111-1 without taking the placement test. The first-year course sequence follows the academic calendar.

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 JULY 31.

The French placement test is given online only. There are many advantages to taking it by June 31:

 

Take the French placement test or access your results :

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

 

When you take the placement test before July 31, your results will be posted by August 15. Your results will show which course to register for, or you will be asked to complete a reassessment or validation of proficiency test.

STUDENTS WHO COMPLETED THE FRENCH PLACEMENT BY JULY 31 AND EARNED REASSESSMENT OR VALIDATION OF PROFICIENCY.

REASSESSMENT

If you earn “Reassessment” on the placement test, you will be required to confirm your level by taking an oral interview, C-test and written composition.  This 30 minutes follow-up test given on a first come first serve basis during Wildcat Welcome week will determine for which course you can register.

 

Date: Wednesday September 14, 2022. (Wildcat Welcome Week)

Time: 2:00pm to 5pm.

Room: TBA

 

The final results will be posted to the online placement test website at the latest by Thursday September 15th at 3pm.

 

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.

The validation of proficiency consists of an oral interview, C-test and written composition. This 30 minutes follow-up test given on a first come first serve basis during Wildcat Welcome week will determine whether you have satisfied the Weinberg foreign language requirement and/or for which course you can register.

 

Date: Wednesday September 14, 2022. (Wildcat Welcome Week)

Time: 2:00pm to 5pm.

Room: TBA

The final results will be posted to the online placement test website at the latest by Thursday September 15th at 3pm.

 

*If you take the French Placement Test during the academic year, your results will be posted to the online placement test website 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 to make an appointment.

Sample Placement Test Questions

Please review the sample questions before taking the test.