The placement exam will be available from 9AM on July 1 until 5PM on July 30, 2021
(Please note all times are EDT)
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 prior to course preregistration.
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.
1. Placement Test Results
Placement results will be posted by 12 noon on Friday, August 13, 2021, on Canvas, in “French Placement Test Site 21-22”
It is your responsibility to check your Placement results. They will NOT be emailed to you.
NOTE: Students who are considering study abroad in Spring 2022 are advised to take the placement test in Fall 2021.
Placement exam results remain valid for one calendar year.
2. Preference Selection (August 2021)
If you are placed in FREN 110, FREN 121, FREN 130, FREN140 or FREN 150, or if you are continuing into one of these multi-section courses after completing the previous level, you MUST complete online Preference Selection in order to secure a place in a section.
Please note that FREN 110 and FREN 121 are FALL TERM ONLY courses.
(FREN 120 is open only to students who completed FREN 110.)
Preference Selection will be available from 9 AM on Monday, August 16 until 5 PM on Friday, August 20.
You may check your preference selection results on Wednesday, August 25 after 9 am.
Students who have taken the French Department’s placement exam should preregister (via Preference Selection) for the course in which they were placed.
Continuing students should complete Preference Selection, if required, for the next course in the sequence.
Graduate and professional students cannot access Preference Selection. They should contact the Language Program Director with their course section request:
***PLEASE NOTE: These sites will NOT be active until Monday August 16th at 9am. ***
After entering your Yale NetID and Password, you should select the specified number of 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.
*It is your responsibility to verify your section assignment.
To secure your place in the section, you must attend ALL class meetings, including during the Drop/ Add period.
If you missed Preference Selection 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.
3. Technical Requirements
You should take the test on a computer. Mobile devices are not supported on the testing platform.
If you experience technical issues in accessing or taking the test, please complete the Placement Test Support Form. (Links to an external site.)
5. Online Test Link
To take the test, click the registration link below, and use your school credentials to register for the placement testing course.
NOTE: The online test will only be available during the official placement testing period.