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French Placement Test

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The placement test is designed for placement in the first four semesters of French at Columbia University (first-year Elementary French courses are 1101-1102, and second year Intermediate French courses are 1201-1202). The first few questions are used as “checks” to determine the approximate performance level of the student. The computer presents items of increasing difficulty until an item is missed. The test will then adjust itself to your level, and drop back to an easier item. When you answer correctly, F-CAPE (French Computerized Adaptive Placement Exam) will give you an item that is as difficult or more difficult. When you answer incorrectly several times with the same difficulty index, the exam will terminate and assign you a score.


Placement scores:                          


000-279 Elementary French I, 1101 
280-379 Elementary French II, 1102
380-449 Intermediate French I, 1201
450-624 Intermediate French II, 1202


The French placement test may be taken only once. If you achieve a score of 625 or above, you should speak with Dr. Pascale Hubert-Leibler to be considered for exemption from the Columbia College foreign-language requirement.


For general information regarding the French Placement Test, please call the French Department at 212-854-2500.


Language requirement


Students with no previous knowledge of French can fulfill the language requirement by taking the four-semester sequence of introductory and intermediate courses, FREN UN1101, FREN UN1102, FREN UN1201, and FREN UN1202 at Columbia. 


Although Columbia students may take elementary courses (BC1001, BC1102 and BC1002) as well as Intermediate French I (BC1203) at Barnard College, they must take the final course of the sequence, FREN UN1202, at Columbia.

  • BC1204 (Intermediate French II) does not fulfill the Columbia College and GS language requirement.

Advanced placement

  • SAT II score of 780 or AP score of 4: The department grants 0 credits for a score of 4 on the AP French Language exam or an SAT II score of 780, but the foreign language requirement is satisfied.
  • AP score of 5 or DELF (B2): The department grants 3 credits for a score of 5 on the AP French Language exam, or for the completion of DELF (Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française). Students are awarded this credit after they take a 3000-level French course (taught in French, for at least 3 points) and obtain a grade of B or above in that course.
  • DALF C1 level or IB HL score of 6 or 7: The department grants 6 credits for the C1 level of DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française), or for a score of 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level (HL) exam. Students have no obligation to take higher-level French courses in order to receive these 6 credits, but restrictions apply on the use of these credits toward the French major.

If you have any question, please contact Dr. Hubert-Leibler, Language Director, 212-854-4819.

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