Placement tests dates

Placement tests - Fall 2019 courses

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 at 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:

Password: 5432

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 and registration on Minerva
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 and will write this information on a paper slip. Once you have finished the online test, the interview and received your paper slip, 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]

- 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 week to register on Minerva. If you still cannot register after this period, contact flc [at]

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.


Schedule for interviews

Dates, times and locations:

We offer sign-in interview sessions or drop-in interview sessions. The sooner you register, the sooner you have a chance to get a spot on the French courses. The courses have a maximum capacity of 28 each. (For now, FRSL 449, FRSL 215-001, a section of FRSL 211, a section of FRSL 208 and seven sections of FRSL 101 are full.)

interview sessions: when and where?

You have to sign-in on this survey to schedule an interview. You need your McGill email address and your student. You will be contacted on the first come, first served basis and receive the location of the tests by email.

Due to the high demand, the first priority for interviews is given to students who are in Montreal. On the remaining time of the evaluator, those who had been contacted could call the number on the scheduled time (received by email). 

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 from 12:30 pm
Thursday, August 8th, 2019 from 12:30 pm

If you don't get a chance during the sign-in interview sessions, there will be drop-in interview sessions as well. 

Drop-in interview sessions: when and where?

Monday, August 26th, 2019 from 9:30 am - 10:30 am and from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am and from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Thursday, August 29th, 2019 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am and from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, August 30th, 2019 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Arts Multimedia Language Facility (AMLF) - McLennan Library Building, Rm MS-10 (formerly MS-37) - Please enter through the main doors of the McLennan Library on the terrace level.
3459 McTavish Street
Montreal, QC, H3A 0C9

* This page will be updated as new dates and the place are confirmed.

Please note: Schedule and location are subject to change. The interviews can be taken without any prior arrangement or reservation. Students are admitted to the interviews on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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.



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 kevin.papin [at] (Prof. Kevin Papin), who is responsible for the transfer of credits at the FLC. Note that Prof. Papin won't be able to deal with your transfer of credits during the aforementioned interview dates.