Online Placement Exam
This test evaluates your proficiency in French in order to best place you in the appropriate course for your level. All first-year, transfer, and/or returning students who studied French prior to entering Columbia/Barnard must take the placement exam before taking any Barnard French courses.
Spring 2021 SCHEDULE
The exam period is open from January 7th to January 22nd. To request access beyond this period, please email Professor Karen Santos da Silva.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE BEGINNING THE EXAM:
It is NOT IN YOUR INTEREST to seek outside help in any form while taking the test. If you place out of the highest course in the language sequence, you will have an additional interview with a language professor to confirm the score.
You must complete the test within the allotted time of 90 MINUTES. The system will only allow you to take the test ONCE (1x).
You will NOT automatically receive a grade upon completion of the exam. You will receive your results within one week of taking the exam (or whether you will be asked to undergo an additional interview), or 48 hours before registration starts, whichever is sooner. Your result will appear in the comment section of the exam.
How to Access the PLACEMENT EXAM:
Exam Link: The exam is now closed.
You will be redirected to a Canvas course, French Placement Exam.
In order to take the exam, you will be prompted to enroll in the course: please confirm/accept to begin the exam.
The exam can be found in "QUIZZES", which is located in the left-hand menu.
Frequently Asked Questions
The test is all multiple choice (50 questions), and covers grammar, vocabulary, sentence comprehension, translation, and short translation passage. There are no listening or oral components.
The exam takes about 45 minutes. Although, students are allotted 90 minutes to complete it.
You may only take the exam once. If you have technical issues with the exam, please contact Professor Karen Santos da Silva.
No, dictionaries are not allowed for this exam.
If you have never taken French, there is no need to take the exam. You will register for Elementary 1 with your advisor's approval.
Please note that you will not automatically receive a grade upon completion of the exam. We will notify you of your placement (or whether you will be asked to undergo an additional interview) in the comment section of your exam, no later than 48 hours before the registration start date.
If you have questions about your score, please contact Professor Karen Santos da Silva.
Questions about the exam should be directed to Professor Karen Santos da Silva.
Students entering Barnard in Fall 2016 and thereafter will receive points of credit for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, but these credits will not exempt students from General Education Requirements. Further information may be found on the Registrars website.