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If you have any schooling or background in French (Examples: a speaker whose first language is French, two years or more of French in High School; French language at other universities, non-academic experience in France), you are required to take the placement test to receive credit.

If you do have less than two years of schooling and no other formal background in French, please DO NOT TAKE the placement test. There is no placement in 101-102, which is likely the appropriate level.

Students with some exposure (examples: heritage learners; one year of High School French) and self-taught learners should contact the UGD BEFORE TAKING THE TEST director to determine what placement level will best meet their learning needs: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The placement exam does not give you credit for classes you place out of. It only places you in the appropriate class for your skill level.

The Placement Tests deadline of Monday, January 9, 2023, has been extended to Monday, January 16, 2023. Testing will close on January 16th at 11:59 pm and reopen on March 1, 2023, for the new testing cycle. You are highly encouraged to complete any required placement tests as soon as possible and consider the 1–2-week processing time for placements to show in your portal, as this may impact your ability to add/drop courses within the specified deadline on the Academic Calendar.

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The department's goal is to place you into a course that matches your ability and helps you rapidly progress. In order to get course credit for any French course, you are required to take the French placement test, which determines your skill level in French and the appropriate course level for you to start with at Rutgers. 

Entry-level:  Our basic, entry-level course is Elementary French 101.  Note:  According to university policy, students who have had two or more years of High School French cannot receive course credit for Elementary French 101 & 102.  Students with some experience in French and relatively lower placement scores are placed into 121, a refresher course. 

Intermediate:  Students who place at the Intermediate level students may take 131, followed by 132 (or request permission to take 137, Accelerated Intermediate French). There is no placement for 132. If you took three years or more of High School French and placed in 131 you may request a requirement override to take 132. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

200-level:  Students who place at the "FFW" (or 200-level) are encouraged to take advanced language courses (213, 214, 224, 301) or reading-intensive courses  (215/217 and 216/218). FFW placement may fulfill the language requirement for Honors societies such as Phi Betta Kappa

300-level:  Students who place at the "FFH" (or 300-level) or who have advanced placement credit can choose among 300 level courses but are also advised to take the Honors Introduction to French Literature sequence (217 & 218).

Students are encouraged to contact the Undergraduate Director with any questions about placement.

The department is happy to help identify the correct placement for students who have special circumstances.  Examples include: multilingual learners whose first language is French or French-based creole; heritage speakers with sustained exposure to French;  evaluation of courses taken at other universities, non-academic experience in France, desire to accelerate program, etcetera.

The Placement Test is an on-line program.  Please click here to proceed.