Language Placement

Fulfilling the Language Requirement

To fulfill the WCAS Language Requirement in French or to enroll in French classes for the first time, please follow the instructions below.

French Online Placement Test 2015-2016

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*.

FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE THE FRENCH PLACEMENT TEST BY AUGUST 1.

The French placement test is given online only. There are many advantages to taking it by August 1st:

  • You'll get your score in time to learn about the course in which you'll begin.
  • You can take the test when you feel ready.
  • You can take the time you need to complete the test.
  • You can work in a quiet, relaxed testing environment.

Placement Test Online

Access to French placement results

When you take the placement test before August 1st, your results will be posted online at http://placement-test.mmlc.northwestern.edu by August 1st. Your results will show which course to register for, or you will be asked to come in for an interview or validation of proficiency test:

Interviews

If you earn “Interview” 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 will determine for which course you can register.

Date: Wednesday September 16, 2015. (Wildcat Welcome Week)
2:00pm-5:00pm
Room: TBA

Validation of Proficiency

If you earn “Validation of Proficiency” on the placement test, you will be required to confirm your level of proficiency by taking an oral interview, C-test and written composition. This 30 minutes follow-up test given on a first come first serve basis will determine whether you have satisfied the Weinberg foreign language requirement and/or for which course you can register.

Date: Wednesday September 16, 2015 (Wildcat Welcome Week)
2:00pm-5:00pm
Room: TBA

Before registering for French courses at Northwestern, you MUST take the online French placement test unless your AP exam score in French is a 5. You have satisfied the Weinberg foreign language requirement in French. We encourage you to continue your French studies at Northwestern. Please register for French 210 or French 211. If you have questions, please consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies for French.

*If you take the French Placement Test during the academic year, your results will be posted (at http://placement-test.mmlc.northwestern.edu/) within 72 hours of your submission. If you have any questions, please contact the French Placement Test Adviser, Aude Raymond.

Other than during Wildcat Welcome, placement interviews and Validation of Proficiency interviews will be held by appointment only. Once you have retrieved your placement exam results online (indicating “Interview” or "Validation of Proficiency), email the French Placement Test Adviser, Aude Raymond, 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.

If you have...
a score of 5 on the Advanced Placement French Exam: Congratulations! You have satisfied the WCAS Language Proficiency Requirement in French. To continue your studies in French, you may place yourself into French 210 or 211. Please e-mail Prof. Garraway for advice on choosing a French Minor or Major.
a score of 3-4 on the Advanced Placement French Examination (AP Exam): Great! Welcome to the French Language Program. You must take the French Placement test. You will have either 1 course to take (French 201) or 2 courses (French 125-2 and 3), or you may even be certified proficient and eligible to take French 202 or 203. Please contact Prof. Aude Raymond for information.
a score of 1 or 2 on the Advanced Placement French Examination or any prior knowledge or study of French: Great! Welcome to the French Language Program. You must take the French Placement test. You will be placed in the appropriate course for your level, French 111-1, French 115-1 or French 121-1. Please contact Prof. Aude Raymond for information.
never studied any French before: Welcome to the French Language Program. You will need six courses to satisfy the WCAS Language Proficiency Requirement in French. You may place yourself into 111-1 Elementary French (given only in the Fall).

Instructions For All Other Students

If you are an incoming or transfer student who intends to register for a French course (either to satisfy the WCAS Language Proficiency Requirement or to simply continue studying French), you MUST take the French Placement Exam before being allowed to register for any French course at Northwestern University.

Additional Information

If you need additional information, contact
Prof. Aude Raymond
Phone: 847-467-3929
araymond@northwestern.edu