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.

Information for placement in French courses and for placement testing (Entrance Proficiency Test, EPT, or Language Proficiency Test, LPE) can be found at the CLA Language Testing Program. For further questions regarding what classes to register for, please contact the appropriate person below.

For French courses:

Name Contact
Trina Whitaker
Director of Undergraduate Studies in French
303F Folwell

Lauren Goodspeed
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 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.