Language Requirement & Placement for Wharton Students (Entering Fall 2017 or Later)

Students entering Wharton in 2017 or later fulfill the foreign language requirement by completing two semesters of beginning language (FREN 110 and FREN 120/121) or by demonstrating that they have achieved an equivalent level. Wharton's general language requirement policy can be reviewed here

Many students enter Penn having already satisfied the language requirement, either via the SAT II or with an appropriate score on the AP or IB Higher Level examinations (see below). It is important to make sure that an official record of your scores has been sent to Penn and that they are posted to your record. Nonetheless, it is a good idea to bring an official copy of your scores to Penn.

Students with previous knowledge of French who have not already fulfilled the language requirement must take the Departmental Placement exam (see below).

Wharton students can fulfill their language requirement in French in one of the following ways:

Placement via the SAT II 

Score Placement

below 380

French 110- Elementary French I

380-440

French 121- Elementary French

450-540

Fulfills language requirement and places students into FREN 130

550-640

French 140- Intermediate French II

650 and above

French 202 or other 200 level French course

Placement via the AP examinations

 

Score Placement

AP score of 1

  • Students must take the departmental placement exam

AP score of 2

  • Students must take the departmental placement exam

AP score of 3

  • Fulfills language requirement
  • Students wishing to continue studying French must take the departmental placement exam

AP score of 4

  • Fulfills language requirement
  • No credit given
  • Students wishing to continue studying French should enroll in FREN 202

AP score of 5

Placement via the IB examinations

 

Score Placement

Standard Level IB examinations

  • Students can not use their score for placement purposes
  • Students must complete the departmental placement exam to determine the appropriate course level

6 or 7 on the IB Higher Level B examination

  • Fulfills language requirement
  • Receive credit for FREN 210
  • Students wishing to continue in French may enroll in French 212 or French 214

5 on the IB Higher Level A examination

  • Fulfills language requirement
  • Receive credit for FREN 210
  • Students wishing to continue in French may enroll in French 212 or French 214

6 or 7 on the IB Higher Level A examination

  • Fulfills language requirement
  • Receive credit for FREN 220
  • Students wishing to continue studying French should enroll in FREN 231 or FREN 232 or consult the Undergraduate Chair about other 200-level courses
   

Placement via Penn's Departmental examination

  • Students who do not have qualifying SAT II, AP, and/or IB exams in French, but have previous knowledge of French must take a written departmental test. This is a 60-mintue, paper-and-pencil multiple choice exam taken at Penn.
  • Wharton students must sit for this in-person exam and can NOT take the online exam.
  • Students who receive a qualifying score of 450 or above on the in person departmental placement exam at the beginning of the semester will fulfill their language requirement.
  • The following table shows scores and placement levels for the departmental placement examination in French.

 

Score Placement

below 380

French 110- Elementary French I
380-440 French 121- Elementary French 
450-540 Fulfills language requirement and places students into FREN 130
550-640 French 140- Intermediate French II
650 and above French 202 or other 200 level French course

Registration: Students are required to register for the the departmental placement examination

  • Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017
  • Location: Huntsman G60
  • Time: 8:00am
  • The deadline to register is Wednesday, August 23rd at 8pm.

Continuing with French after Fulfilling the Language Requirement

After successfully completing the language requirement by either completing or placing out of French 110 and French 120, Wharton students are encouraged to continue their study of French. The French & Francophone Studies department offers courses, certifications, and experiences that allow students to gain an advanced knowledge of the language that can be benefiical for personal and professional advancement. 

  • French 134
  • Penn in Tours Program
  • Study Abroad Options
  • French Certificate
  • French for Business Courses
  • French 322
  • Paris Chamber of Commerce