A French placement exam is mandatory for all students who have not taken a previous language class at JHU.

These exams are available online year-round. However, for the most accurate placement recommendation, take it just before the semester you plan to study the language. This multiple-choice exam is individualized (self-adjusting to the student’s level) and is not timed. It covers grammar, vocabulary, listening, and reading skills.

Placement Exam I

Take this test first only if you have had fewer than six years of French courses and if do not have extensive background in the language. After taking the test, register on SIS for the appropriate course level as indicated by the score that appears at the end of the test. (See table below.) Any placement in a course that does not fit accordingly with your score will not be accepted. You will be asked to bring your test results on the first day of class.

ScoreCourse to Take
Below 29Elements I (210.101)
30-49Learner Managed Elements (210.103)
50-65Elements II (210.102)
65-89Intermediate I (210.201)
90-94Intermediate II (210.202)
95 and aboveTake placement exam II

To take the exam:

  1. Read the ethics statement at the bottom of this page
  2. Log on to Blackboard
  3. Follow this Placement Exam I

Placement Exam II

If you have had six or more years of French courses, extensive background in the language, or a score of 95 or above on placement exam I, take placement exam II

After taking the exam, you must contact the Language Program Director in French to be informed of your final score and placement. Students may not register for a course until they receive this notification. Questions regarding the exam or your score should be sent to Professor Cook-Gailloud.

To take the exam:

  1. Read the ethics statement at the bottom of this page
  2. Log on to Blackboard
  3. Follow this Placement Exam II

Ethics Statement

Johns Hopkins University believes strongly that every member of its community should hold the highest standard of integrity for their work and avoid academic dishonesty. You are expected to behave in an ethical manner while taking the online language placement exam.

You must take this exam without assistance from anyone and without the help of any document (notes, book, dictionary, etc.). You are allowed to take this test only once. Reproduction of the material on this test is a violation of ethical standards. Therefore, you should not discuss the questions on these tests with others nor may you provide others with the questions on these tests.

By taking the online placement test, you accept the following statements:

  • I will do my own work on this test. I will not receive assistance from another person nor from books or other documents.
  • I will not discuss this test with others or reproduce test questions in any format.
  • I will take this test online only once.