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Placement Procedure

Who must take a placement test?

  • If you have never learned any French, you clearly do not have to take a placement test. Your only booking option then is an A1.1 course.
  • If you have learned some French in the past, a placement test is mandatory. The result will indicate at which level you can continue at the Language Center.
  • Exception: Students who have successfully completed a French course at the Language Center in the previous semester and have gained a grade of 8 or higher can book a class on the next level without an additional test (follow-up registration). However, this is limited to a certain period of time, as specified in the email notifications sent out to those eligible for follow-up registration.

What does the placement test for French look like?

The placement test for French consists of an online-test and a paper-based test which will be send to you by e-mail after completing the C-test.

1. Online C-test (cloze test)

A C-test consists of a set of multiple cloze texts in which the second half of every other word is missing starting from the second sentence. You will try to complete the gaps so that the text makes sense. This can be done by combining your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar as well as by “intelligent guessing”. If you are interested in the design of the test, you can take 5-minute trial test anonymously.

Please note: The result of the online test will be shown directly after the test, but this is not your final placement result.

Winter semester 2021/22

1. The C-test will be online from Monday 20 September 2021. Please take the C-test up until 18 October 2021.

2. Writing test

Please print out the test which will be send to you by e-mail. Scan your completed test and e-mail it as a pdf file to . You will receive your final test result by e-mail. Please find further information about the registration here.

Placement results

Winter semester 2021/22

From Tuesday, 19 October 2021, approx. 5:00 p.m. you can also request your test result HERE (R= Consultation, K= No course offered, e.g. because only one part of the test was taken). Next to the score is a link to the course offer; you can choose from all courses with a corresponding placement result.

For consultation and questions about your placement result, please contact the coordinator for French, Ariane Wenz by e-mail stating your telephone number or contact Ariane Wenz by phone during her telephone consultation hours on Wednesday, 20 October 2021; 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.