French Placement, Credit, and Waiver Exams

The French Placement Test Bienvenue! (Welcome!)

Should you take the French Placement Test ?

OUI (yes), if...

- you have studied French but have not taken a GW French course.
- you are a “heritage speaker” (someone who speaks the language at home but has had no formal training).
- you have studied “just a little”, “a long time ago”, or if you feel you “did not learn anything (!)”. (You may be at the second semester 1002 level, which includes a review of 1001.)

NON (no) if...

- you have never had any exposure to French. (If you have never been exposed to French, you may enroll directly in FREN 1001.)

AP / IB students?

If you received a score on the AP or IB exams that gives you credit for GW French courses, you should still take the Placement Test if those credits have not yet been transferred (since you will not be in the system). If the Placement Test score does not correspond to the level guaranteed by the AP or IB exam, contact the Director of the French Language Program, Prof. Marshall.

(For details about AP/IB credit transfers, see “College Credit Exams” below.)

To access the French Placement Test (run by "TrueNorth"):

1. Under “Email”, you will need to use your entire official GW email address.
2. Under “Student ID” you must put your GWid number, starting with the “G”.
3. Once you create your account and login, there will be a short “Pre-test survey.”
4. There is no time limit and no need to rush ! (The test usually takes about 15-20 minutes.)
5. The test is available here !
NOTE: Scores are then entered into the GW system manually, so it may take 24-48 hours before you can enroll in a course.

**If you are not a GW student, do not have a GWid, or have any problems or questions, please contact the Director of the French Language Program, Prof. Marshall. 


College Credit Exams

There are a variety of exams available for high school students to gain college credit before they enroll. Currently, GW accepts the Advanced Placement (AP) exam and the International Baccalaureate (IB) exam.

  •     Advanced Placement Exam:

    The College Board offers an Advanced Placement exam in French Language. Credit for the AP exam is available depending on the score. Please see the GW Admissions website for the latest information.

  •     International Baccalaureate Exam:

    The International Baccalaureate Organization offers several French exams at the HL and SL levels. Credit for IB exams is available depending on the score and the exam. Please see the GW Admissions website for the latest information.

At this time, GW does not accept credit for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) or SAT exams, but the score may help us determine your level. Feel free to contact the Director of the French Language Program, Prof. Marshall, with any questions.


Waiver Exams

The Elliott School of International Affairs offers an exam for students who wish to test out of their 3rd-year language proficiency requirement.  RGSLL no longer offers this exam.

You must register in advance to take the waiver exam by emailing the Elliott School.

The waiver exam is used specifically for Elliott School undergraduates trying to waive their proficiency requirements. Please also note that this exam merely waives the requirement. Students will not receive French credit hours for passing the waiver exam.