Online Placement Exam & Preregistration

Online Placement Exam (Fall 2019)

July 1, 9 am to August 15, 5 pm

Makeup Placement Exam

The last chance to take the French Placement test prior to the start of the coming semester will be between 9AM on Friday, 23 August and 12 NOON on Sunday, 25 August. 

Students who take the test during this special makeup period will be able to find out their placement results at 12 NOON on Monday, 26 August.


All students who have not yet studied French at Yale (except for those who have no previous formal or informal exposure to French whatsoever) are expected to take the Departmental placement exam.  

Students who studied abroad over the summer with programs other than Yale’s MUST take the placement exam in order to be eligible to receive credit for their work. The placement exam will also ensure that these students enroll in the appropriate course should they wish to continue their study of French.

The Department strongly recommends that students who earned a score of 5 on the Advanced Placement exam, a 6 or 7 on the Advanced-Level International Baccalaureate (IB) exam, a Common European Framework rating of C1 , or an A or B on the GCE A-Level exam take the placement exam in order to be directed to the most appropriate course and thus save precious time during Shopping Period.

NOTE: Students who wish to begin taking French in the spring are advised to take the placement exam now. Placement exam results will remain valid for one year.

2019-2020 Placement Exam and Information

Placement results will be posted after 9:00 am on August 21, 2019 on Canvas (within the “French Placement Test Site 19-20”).

If you have been placed in FREN 110, FREN 121, FREN 130, FREN140 or FREN 150, you MUST preregister online in order to secure a place in a section.


Online Preregistration (Fall 2019)

August 21, 9 am to August 26, 5 pm

All new and continuing undergraduate students who plan to take an L1 – L5 French Language course - (FREN 110, FREN 121, FREN 130, FREN 140, FREN 150), MUST preregister during the Online Preregistration period.Students taking FR160 and above do not need to preregister.

Graduate and professional students cannot preregister online. They should  contact the Language Program Director ( with their course section request.

Students who have taken the French Department’s placement exam should preregister for the course in which they were placed.

  • L1 - FREN 110, Elementary and Intermediate French I
  • L2 - FREN 121, Intermediate French
  • L3 - FREN 130, Intermediate and Advanced French I
  • L4 - FREN 140, Intermediate and Advanced French II
  • L5 - FREN 150, Advanced Language Practice

After entering your Yale NetID and Password, you will select your top 3 preferences from a list of available sections for your assigned level.  Try, if you can, to choose different time slots. The computer will assign places randomly, taking your preferences into account. 
Section assignments will be available at noon on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

*It is your responsibility to verify your section assignment.

For questions regarding placement, language and literature courses please drop in during the Academic Fair on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 between 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm, place WLH 117. 

The Director of Undergraduate studies (Morgane Cadieu) and the Language Program Director (Ruth Koizim) will be present to answer questions and provide individual advising, particularly for students placed in L5 or higher who are uncertain about which class to take. Students placed in L1-L4 who wish to talk to the course chairs will have the opportunity to do so.

To secure your place in the section, you must attend ALL class meetings, including during Shopping Period.

If you missed the Online Preregistration or were not assigned a section, or if scheduling changes make it necessary for you to switch to a different section, you should contact the appropriate course chair. You should also continue to attend a section of that course until you are sure to have a place in another one.

For questions and concerns about preregistration, please contact: