Placement for French

If you have previous experience in a world language and want to continue learning it, please see the placement page on the Languages at UW-Madison website.

 

 

General

 

All incoming UW-Madison students are encouraged to take the placement test for language(s) studied in high school or elsewhere.  UW placement tests are available in French at Regional Testing sites and ACT Testing Centers. For information on registering for placement testing, see the SOAR website and the Testing and Evaluation Services website. Students may be eligible to receive retroactive credits, depending on which level of French they place into (see below). Additionally, students who took the AP French Exam and received a score of 3 or higher will be awarded college credit (see below).

 

Placement in French language courses 101-228 is determined by the UW System French Placement test or in consultation with the Department or SOAR World Language Consultant.

 

UW System Placement Scores and Cut-offs

 

NOTE: Students scoring at or near the cut-off points should speak with a French advisor for more options, including permission to enroll in ‘honors’ sections.

 

Standard Score
Placement Standard Score
Placement
150
101 or 101 (H) 476 203 or 203 (H)
150 101 or 101 (H) 488
203 or 203 (H)
150
101 or 101 (H) 499
203 or 203 (H)
187
101 or 101 (H) 511
203 or 203 (H)
220
101 or 101 (H) 522
203 or 203 (H)
246
101 or 101 (H) 534
203 or 203 (H)
268
101 or 101 (H) 546
203 or 203 (H)
288
101 or 101 (H) 560
203 or 203 (H)
305
101 or 101 (H) 561
204 or 204 (H)
322
101 or 101 (H) 586
204 or 204 (H)
336
101 or 101 (H) 601
204 or 204 (H)
350
101 or 101 (H) 617
204 or 204 (H)
364
101 or 101 (H) 635
204 or 204 (H)
376
101 or 101 (H) 660
204 or 204 (H)
388
101 or 101 (H) 661
227 or 227 (H)
400
101 or 101 (H) 703
227 or 227 (H)
401
102 or 102 (H) 736
227 or 227 (H)
423
102 or 102 (H) 781
227 or 227 (H)
434
102 or 102 (H) 850
227 or 227 (H)
445
102 or 102 (H) 850
227 or 227 (H)
456
102 or 102 (H)
475
102 or 102 (H)

Retro Credits

 

Students enrolled in 102, 203, 204, 227, 228, 271, or 311 are eligible for retro credits. Consult complete retrocredit policy for more information.

 

Course taken
Retro Credits
102
4
203
8
204
12
227
16
228
16
271
16
311
16

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit Policy

 

 College credit will be awarded to students who receive a 3, 4, or 5 on their AP French Exam.  More information can be found here.

 

Test Score Credit/Course Equivalent To also earn retro credits, take
Language 3 4 cr. 204 227
4 or 5 3 cr. 227 228
Literature 3 3 cr. 227 228
4 or 5 4 cr. 271 311

 

Foreign Credit Evaluation

 

For questions regarding Foreign Credit Evaluation, contact advisor Andrew Irving.