Online Placement Exam

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The placement exam in French is an online multiple-choice format exam; it consists of questions on vocabulary, grammar and reading comprehension. There is no oral or listening part to the exam. Since it is a computer-adaptive test, the length varies from one individual to another, with the average time being 20 minutes. Please supply all the required information. Your score and placement will become available immediately upon completion of the exam. A copy of your score along with a placement determination will be sent by email to you as well as to the French Language Program at Penn. You must print out your results as well. After receipt of this report, you may then register in the appropriate course by following the instructions you have received to that effect.

Since you are taking the exam on your own, the exam must represent your own work; it is also in your interest to work to the best of your ability. By taking this test you are bound by the terms of the University's Code of Student Conduct and Code of Academic Integrity. Please familiarize yourself with both of these documents before taking the exam.

NOTE: YOU MAY TAKE THIS EXAM ONLY ONCE!

Only your first score will be considered valid for placement purposes.

Should you have any concerns, please contact the proper course coordinator or the Undergraduate Coordinator.

Placement Scores and Levels:

The following table shows scores and placement levels for the online placement examination in French:

Score Placement

below 281

FREN 110

281-368 FREN 121
369-405 FREN 130
406-428 FREN 140
above 428 FREN 140 or exam to qualify for exemption.

If you are a College student, you may register for one level higher than you are assigned; that is, if you place into FREN 110, you may take FREN 121, FREN 121 may take FREN 130, and FREN 130 may take FREN 140. If you are a Wharton, Engineering, Nursing, or LPS student, you must take the course you place into. If you feel you have special circumstances, consult the specific course coordinator. However, the online placement exam is for diagnostic purposes only and will be supplemented by instructors' evaluations during the first week of classes. Under no circumstances may you choose to take a level lower than the one to which you are assigned without the explicit permission of the appropriate French course coordinator.

NOTE: This examination may not be used for exemption from the language requirement. Students who score higher than 428 on this exam are eligible to take a 60-minute written departmental exam (a paper-and-pencil multiple-choice exam taken at Penn) which covers comprehension of grammar, vocabulary, and reading. There is no oral or listening component. For information on the times and dates of this examination, check the Department's general page on placement.

Should you have any questions about your placement, you may email the Director of the French Language Program or the Undergraduate Coordinator.

In order to take this exam, you will need to log in with a valid PennKey.

You may take the online exam right now by clicking on the link below.

Take the French Placement Examination now.

Good Luck!