Placement tests dates - Fall 2021
The aim of the placement test is to assess your real level of French and to register you in a course according to your performance. It is the students' responsibility to do the test faithfully to the best of their knowledge. Please don't use any external/online resources (dictionary, francophone friends, internet, etc.). If you are misplaced for that reason, your spot in the course won't be guaranteed.
Step 1: Computerized test (at home)
Firstly, you have to do the online placement test: https://surveys.mcgill.ca/ls3/638166?lang=en
When you write the test, read the instructions carefully. If you skip them, you will not be able to go back. All students are required to write a composition. If you have some French knowledge (even very little) you have to write something. The instructor won't attribute a course without knowing the level of writing.
NB. No need to take the online test several times, your written online test is valid for 2 years unless meanwhile, you have taken other French courses.
Step 2: Interview with an evaluator
After writing the online placement test, students have to meet an evaluator for an interview. Dates and place are advertised below.
- If you speak French or have some French knowledge, you will have a short interview in order to evaluate your oral skills. All students have to go through this step in order to have a course assigned. Having then an overview of your French skills (speaking, writing, listening, and reading), the evaluator will assign (a) course(s) appropriate for your level.
- If you are a total beginner (according to the online placement test), you don't need to meet an evaluator. Beginners won't receive a paper slip. Once you have finished the online test, you might have to wait up to 1-1.5 weeks to register on Minerva. If you still cannot register after this period, contact flc [at] mcgill.ca.
N.B. Please bring your personal schedule to check if the chosen French course fits in an available time slot. Evaluators won't have time to check this with you on Minerva.
Step 3: Registration on Minerva
- If you speak French or have some French knowledge: Once you have finished the online test and the interview, you might have to wait up to 1 business day to register on Minerva. If you still cannot register after 1 business day, contact flc [at] mcgill.ca.
- If you are a total beginner (according to the online placement test) : Once you have finished the online test, you might have to wait 1-1.5 weeks to register on Minerva. If you still cannot register after this period, contact flc [at] mcgill.ca.
Schedule for registered online drop-in interview sessions
Dates, times and locations:
Wednesday, August 18th at 4pm
Monday, August 23rd at 10:30 am
Monday, August 23rd at 11:30 am
Monday, August 23rd at 2:00 pm
Monday, August 23rd at 3:00 pm
Tuesday, August 24th at 10:00 am
Tuesday, August 24th at 11:00 am
Wednesday, August 25th at 10:00 am
Wednesday, August 25th at 11:00 am
Wednesday, August 25th at 2:00 pm
Wednesday, August 25th at 3:00 pm
Thursday, August 26th at 10:00 am
Thursday, August 26th at 11:00 am
There is a limit of 8 students per session. Please register for an online drop-in interview session here. Only register for one session. If a session becomes full, it will not be available for others.
Once, you have registered for a session, you will receive a confirmation email. Please check your inbox (and your spam). If a session is no more available while you try to register, it means that the session is full.
* If all the sessions are full, please wait for more dates. This page will be updated as new dates are confirmed.
The online virtual interview meeting room will be sent by email to registered students only. The professors will have a list of registered participants for each session. Note that non-registered students will not be allowed in the virtual meeting room.
Please note: Schedule is subject to change.
Please note that this French placement test is only for classes taken at the French Language Centre. If you want to take a French class at the School of Continuing Studies or at the Département de langue et littérature françaises, please consult their websites for more information.
TRANSFER OF CREDITS / POST-TESTS
For more information concerning post-test procedures, please read the information on the transfer of credits webpage.
Students who wish to apply for a transfer of credits have to communicate with samantha.damay [at] mcgill.ca (Prof. Samantha Damay), who is responsible for the transfer of credits at the FLC. Note that Prof. Damay won't be able to deal with your transfer of credits during the aforementioned interview dates.