Language Information

French Placement Test Information

(2021-2022 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*.

STUDENTS WHO COMPLETED THE FRENCH PLACEMENT TEST AFTER JUNE 11 AND EARNED REASSESSMENT OR VALIDATION OF PROFICIENCY.

Due to Covid-19, reassessment and validation are conducted remotely this year. It has two parts. You will complete both parts before September 3. The first part is in a Canvas site using Quizzes; the second part is oral, and you will have to sign up on Canvas for a Zoom interview that will take place on Sept. 1-3.  You should have been invited to the Placement Canvas site. If you earned Reassessment or Validation on the Placement Test and did not receive a Canvas invitation, please contact Professor Raymond (araymond@northwestern.edu).  Please make sure you have access to a computer connected to the Internet with working microphone and webcam. This process will determine which course you can register for. The results will be posted to the online placement test website on Sept. 7 by the end of the day.

 

FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE THE FRENCH PLACEMENT TEST BY JUNE 11.

The French placement test is given online only. There are many advantages to taking it by June 11:

 

Take the French placement test or access your results :

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

 

When you take the placement test before June 11, your results will be posted below by June 14. 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. You will complete both parts between June 11 – June 18. The first part is in a Canvas site using Quizzes; the second part is oral, and you will have to sign up for a Zoom interview that will take place that same week. You will be invited to the Placement Canvas site in Canvas. Please make sure you have access to a computer connected to the Internet with working microphone and webcam.

This reassessment will determine which course you can register for. The results will be posted to the online placement test website.

Please sign-up for the oral interview between June 11-14: LINK TBA

The Oral Interviews will be conducted from June 14 to June 18, 2021.

For transfert students and students who do not complete the process by June 18, another reassessment will be organized in September. 

 

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 both parts between June 11 – June 18. The first part is in a Canvas site using Quizzes; the second part is oral, and you will have to sign up for a Zoom interview that will take place that same week. You will be invited to the Placement Canvas site in Canvas. Please make sure you have access to a computer connected to the Internet with working microphone and webcam.

The validation of proficiency test will determine which advanced course you can register for. The results will be posted to the online placement test website.

 

Please sign-up for the oral interview between June 11-14: LINK TBA

The Oral Interviews will be conducted from June 14 to June 18, 2021.

 

For transfert students and students who do not complete the process by June 18, another validation of proficiency will be organized in September.

 

*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.