Fulfilling the Language Requirement in French

The language requirement may be fulfilled in French in one of the following ways:

  • By successfully completing French 140 or its equivalent (French 134 during the summer).
  • By presenting a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement French Language or French Exam.
  • By presenting a score of a 5, 6, or 7 on the International Baccalaureate Higher Level Exam in French. (Standard Level is not accepted.)
  • By presenting a score of 650 or above on the SAT II in French or a comparable score on a written departmental test (a paper-and-pencil multiple choice exam taken at Penn). 
  • Students who receive a qualifying score on the online placement exam will be directed to take the departmental exam at the beginning of the semester.
  • Students with a score between 600-640 on the SAT II exam or the departmental multiple choice exam are eligible to take an oral test during the first week of the semester; if they pass the oral test, they are exempt from the language requirement.

If you begin the language sequence at Penn with French 110, 120 or 130, you must complete the sequence by passing French 140 at Penn in order to fulfill the language requirement.

Once the language sequence is begun at Penn, it cannot be fulfilled by taking course work at another institution without the written permission of the Director of the Language Program.

If you have completed the language requirement through one of the ways described above, and it is not showing up in your worksheet, please contact the Undergraduate Coordinator to update your record.


Wharton students (entering in 2017 or later) please find information regarding the language requirement here