Placement tests dates

Online placement tests - Fall 2024

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 student's 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)

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.

Firstly, you have to do the online placement test: https://surveys.mcgill.ca/ls3/638166?lang=en

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: How to get a permit to register after writing the online placement test?

  • For Health and Social Services courses or transfer of credits cases:

- If you want to take Health and Social Services courses, please follow the procedures on this page and contact Prof. Mercado at ariel.mercado [at] mcgill.ca to make an appointment for an interview.

- If you want to apply for a transfer of credits, please follow the procedures on this page and contact Prof. Liakina at natallia.liakina [at] mcgill.ca to make an appointment for an interview. Note that Prof. Liakina won't be able to deal with your transfer of credits during the below-mentioned regular interview dates.

  • For total beginner students (according to the online placement test):

- If you are a total beginner (according to the online placement test), you don't need to meet an evaluator. 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.

- If you are a graduate student and received permission to register for Beginners French (101 or 105), you do not need to meet an evaluator. Please follow the above-mentioned instructions for beginners.

  • All regular students who have some French knowledge or speak French (undergraduate, graduate, visiting and exchange students): You have to meet an evaluator for an interview. Dates 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. 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.

 

Schedule for registered online drop-in interview sessions (regular students only)

NB. Health and Social Services courses and transfer of credits students won't be received nor evaluated during the regular interview sessions.

The oral interview is strictly reserved for students who intend to register for an FRSL course at the FLC.

Dates and times:

When?

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 at 9:00 am

Thursday, 23 May 2024 at 9:00 am

Friday, 24 May 2024 at 9:00 am

Monday, 27 May 2024 at 1:00 pm

Friday, 31 May 2024 at 9:00 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. If for some reason, you cannot do the interview on the selected date, please unregister by courtesy.

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 longer 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.

Where?

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: The 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.

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