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All language testing should be completed
before the beginning of the semester.

The Department of French & Italian encourages students with previous experience in one of our languages to take a placement test. Placement in the appropriate course will help you make the most of your learning experience.

Language testing information for French is available on the CLA Language Testing website. For further questions regarding what classes to register for, please contact the appropriate person below.

For French courses:

Name Contact
Jonathan Fulk
Coordinator, first-year French
314K Folwell Hall
Trina Whitaker
Coordinator, second-year French
314E Folwell
C. Brian Barnett
Director of Language Instruction in French
314L Folwell
  • Students who have completed more than four semesters of French at another university should contact the DUS Assistant in French, Trina Whitaker (contact, about placement.
  • French immersion students, heritage speakers, and students who have attended French-speaking schools while living abroad should take the LPE. If a student passes the LPE, they may enroll in FREN 3015. However, the student may not need FREN 3015. To determine whether or not to enroll in the class, please contact the Department of French & Italian to arrange to take the 3015 Equivalency Exam—a 90-minute, written exam testing mastery of the grammar covered in 3015. For advanced students, a similar exam exists for FREN 3016.
  • Native speakers who attended high school in French do not need to take any placement exam. They should enroll directly in FREN 3101W.

For Italian courses:

Name Contact
Carlotta Dradi
Coordinator, first-year Italian
Director of Language Instruction in Italian
314J Folwell Hall
Kathleen Rider
Coordinator, second-year Italian
314H Folwell Hall