French Placement Testing

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If your native language is French, you should not take the placement test or seek placement guidance. The language placement tests and placement guidance are intended only for student learners who wish to take French as a foreign language.

The French placement test at Miami University does not allow you to skip the language requirement. It is intended for students who have had experience with the French language and want to continue studying French at Miami. This test will help students with previous French experience determine which course at Miami is the appropriate course to continue their French studies.

If you had no French in high school, enroll in FRE 101 first semester.

If you had one or more years of high school French, you must take the placement test.

Placing yourself below the level indicated is not allowed without the permission of an advisor during orientation.

PLEASE REMEMBER!  If you are taking this placement test within 48 hours of your registration period, please expect that you may not be able to register for the course you intend. Results from this Canvas placement may take up to two (2) business days to process into the university systems, depending on the time of day you've taken the placement.


  • This assessment requires the use of a speaker or headset. There will be some audio segments on this exam that you will have to listen to in order to answer a question.
  • You may take this assessment once. If you believe that your score does not reflect your language ability, you must email the contact at the bottom of this page and give detailed reasons and detailed explanations. It is the contact's discretion whether or not they will allow a retake of the placement exam.
  • Although this assessment is untimed, please give yourself a good 60 to 90 minutes of unobstructed time in a quiet, distraction-free place to take this exam.
  • The exam will consist of several multiple-choice questions.


  1. Self-Enroll into the French Placement Test Canvas website. You can do this by clicking on the button to the right of this page.
  2. If prompted, enter in your Miami UniqueID and Miami password.
  3. You will get a prompt to enroll into the Canvas course. Click the Enroll button.

    FrenchCanvas Enroll

  4. You will see another screen confirming you have enrolled.

    French Canvas Enroll Confirmed

  5. Access the Canvas Dashboard and click on the newly added "French Placement Test" site.

    French Canvas Start Site

  6. You will see a module for you to take the placement test (shown below) on the site's home page.

    French Module Example

  7. Click on the Placement Exam link to begin your assessment.
  8. When you are finished, your test will be automatically graded.


  1. The test will be recorded into this Canvas site immediately and into the Foreign Language Placement Testing Database within 2 business days. 
  2. Click on the "Grades" link in Canvas to bring up your individual grade sheet. Your placement will show in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, or find the percentage of your exam and use the scale below:

    French Canvas Grade Sheet Example

  3. The test scale for this placement test is:

    • FRN 301 = 100% to 60.0%
    • FRN 202 = <60.0% to 53.0%
    • FRN 201 = <53.0% to 46.0%
    • FRN 102 = <46.0% to 23.0%
    • FRN 101 = <23.0% to 0.0%
  4. If you need to retrieve your score or placement, log in to the FLTEST score lookup site by clicking the red button to the right of this page.

If there are any issues or concerns regarding this placement test, please contact:

Dr. Mark McKinney
Chief Departmental Advisor
Department of French & Italian
Irvin Hall 204

513-529-7508 Department
513-529-5646 Office

For students who have taken the WebCape placement test up to April 30, 2020, the old placement test score ranges are:

1  Year
000-999 = FRE 101
2 Years
000-225 = FRE 101
226-275 = FRE 102
276-999 = FRE 201
3 Years
000-250 = FRE 101
251-300 = FRE 102
301-404 = FRE 201
405-425 = FRE 202
426-999 = FRE 301
4+ Years
000-325 = FRE 102
326-429 = FRE 201
430-450 = FRE 202
451-999 = FRE 301


Take the French Placement Test

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