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.
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.
Students enrolled in 102, 203, 204, 227, 228, 271, or 311 are eligible for retro credits. Consult complete retrocredit policy for more information.
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.
Foreign Credit Evaluation
For questions regarding Foreign Credit Evaluation, contact advisor Andrew Irving.