Advising & Placement: French

Request Faculty Advisor

Please complete the Advisor Request Form to request faculty advising in your language. Once you submit the form, you will be matched with a language advisor and notified via email from

Take Placement Test

If you have previously taken French, we recommend you take the WebCAPE test to help determine your level of French proficiency.

The table below will help you choose the appropriate class based on your WebCAPE score.

WebCAPE Score Course Recommendation
150 - 249 FR 102 is recommended. See notes 1-2 below.
250 - 339 FR 201 is recommended.
340 - 399 FR 301 may be recommended. See note 3 below.
400 - 500 FR 301 is recommended.
Above 500 Consult with an advisor.
  1. If your score is between 150 - 220, it is highly recommended that you register for FR 102 (winter term). Although some material may be review, the course moves quickly. If your score is close to 220 and your previous preparation is strong, you may speak with an advisor AFTER fall term begins but before winter term registration.
  2. If your score is between 220 - 250, enrolling in FR 102 may still be the best choice, although FR 103 is an option. Be advised that FR 103 can be a difficult entry point: FR 103 moves rapidly, and if you discover you lack the essentials from FR102, you may receive a low grade, or need to withdraw and then wait to take FR 102. For a few students in the 220-250 range, it may be feasible to go directly into FR 201. If you are motivated to make an extra effort and you have recently had two years of high-school or one year of college-level French, you should consult with an advisor before the first day of class to determine if your background and your speaking and listening comprehension are adequate for FR 201.
  3. If your score is between 340 - 399, you should consult with an advisor to determine whether enrollment in FR 301 or a course in the FR 200 series is most appropriate.

Additional Questions

For additional information about selecting the appropriate French course, contact Dr. Jennifer Perlmutter at Indicate what your background is in French, including the following information:

a) Where you have studied

b) For how long

c) How long it has been since you last studied the language