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French language placement tests are offered online.

  • First-year and transfer students will receive an email from the Dean's Office when the testing is available (mid-July).  After receiving this notice, the student must log into Moodle and select the New Student Orientation 2021 course. In the Placement Exams section of the course, you will find detailed instructions on how to access placement exams. It is important that you complete the language survey that appears at the beginning of the test. Upon completion of the exam, students will receive their score and instructions aon how to proceed. Each test is an adaptive online exam available between mid-July and early August. The deadline to take the test is August 10. Depending on the score, some students will be prompted to write a short essay to complete the placement process. Faculty will follow up with those students over the summer to schedule a brief interview before the semester begins. This is one of the reasons it is critical for you to complete the exam early. If an oral interview is required, it is typically scheduled during orientation week.
  • Students who are not first-years interested in taking placement exams should contact Sue McCarthy for information and instructions.
  • Students who have taken French AP/IB are also required to take the online placement test.
  • Note: the French Online Placement Test is not a substitute for an official standard achievement test of a foreign language (such as the College Board exam or the International Baccalaureate). Therefore, it does not serve as proof of achievement for the purpose of fulfilling the language requirement. This test is only intended to assist instructors in placing students in the appropriate French course at Swarthmore.

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