Placement tests: all you need to know



The placement test is necessary in order to: evaluate the student's level of proficiency in French and determine which course is the most appropriate.

Who has to take the Online Placement Test?

  • All students (including complete beginners) wishing to take a French course are required to take an online placement test.  All French courses given at the French Language Centre (FLC) have limited enrollment and placement tests are mandatory for all students.
  • Students currently enrolled in a French class at the French Language Centre (FLC) or students who have completed a course at the FLC in 2020-2021 do not need to take a placement test to enroll in another FRSL course (unless you have taken another French course outside of McGill or in another department at McGill in the interim).  To know which course(s) have been recommended for you, please refer to the "recommandations de cours" found on MyCourses (Notes/Gradebook section) of the last FRSL course taken. Please register as soon as possible. If the "recommandation de cours" does not appear in MyCourses or if you experience any problems registering, please send an email to flc [at] and include your McGill ID number, the last FRSL course taken (course number, CRN as well as the term/year and the professor's name), the course number and the CRN of the course you wish to take (e.g. FRSL101, CRN 9230) and potentially a screenshot of the error message. The administration staff will then tell you which course(s) you can register for and issue a permit to register.
  • Special profile students, visiting students, or exchange students have to take the placement test on regular testing dates. If you are not available for testing on those dates (only for students wishing to take a summer course), please send an e-mail to flc [at]
  • Graduate students who wish to take a course at the FLC for the first time must obtain a letter of permission signed by an authorized person in their faculty or department (e.g. a program supervisor) and keep it for their record. Failing to obtain a signed letter of permission may lead to credit denial by their faculty or department. Therefore, it is the student's responsibility to get this letter.
  • Graduate students who wish to continue their studies at the FLC must contact the administration staff regarding this matter by e-mail (flc [at] 

What do you need?

All students wishing to take the placement test must have:

  • their McGill 9-digit student number
  • their McGill log-on username (firstname.lastname [at] and password

Students might need to show a copy of their previous French language course(s) transcript.

What are the steps to register?

Please follow the instructions on the Placement tests dates page.

What is the next step after registration?

All registered students who want to take a French class have to attend a class every day from the first day of class to the last day of the add/drop period in order to stay in the class. Since enrollment for our courses is limited, a student who is absent from class without sending an explanatory e-mail to the instructor will be asked to step out and give the spot to the next student on the Minerva waiting list. All registered students are expected to attend class without fail during the add/drop period in order to retain their places. If you decide to drop your French course(s), please do so as soon as possible on Minerva in order to allow another student to register for the course(s).

If the class is already full:

  • Check Minerva as often as possible and keep trying to register. Some students may change their minds and may drop the course before the class starts.

Please note: Taking the FLC online placement test and receiving a recommendation from the evaluator after the oral interview does not guarantee a spot in our courses as enrollment is limited.














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