Department of French and Italian

College of Letters & Science

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.

If you get this
You should register for this
Placement Score*
Course
0-400
French 101
401-475
French 102
476-560
French 203
561-660
French 204
661-850
French 227
* Please note, if your score is on the lower end or the higher end of the range (eg, you receive a 474 or an 850), please email an advisor to confirm which course is best for you.

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