Placement guidelines for French

FALL QUARTER: If you have had any previous study of French, you MUST attend the orientation session, September 21, 1:00-2:00PM, 131 Cowell College. Orientation begins promptly at 1:00PM. During orientation, French course offerings will be explained, as well as the format of the placement exam, which is required for students who have not previously completed French coursework at UCSC. Once your placement has been determined, the result will be sent to the Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics, and you should be able to enroll in a few days. In case of orientation/placement scheduling conflict, please request an appointment with Renée Cailloux (rcaillou@ucsc.edu).

WINTER and SPRING: If you have had any previous study of French, you will need to take a written placement exam to determine which class best suits your skill level. Please contact Renée Cailloux to schedule an appointment. Once your placement has been determined, the result will be sent to the Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics, and you should be able to enroll in 1-2 business days (not including holidays and weekends).

Please note: if you have had ANY previous study of French, DO NOT enroll in French 1 without having taken the mandatory placement test first. You will not be allowed to stay in this beginning level course if your level of French is too advanced for the material. Failure to take the placement exam may result in your having to wait a quarter to enroll in the appropriate level, given that many classes will already be full at the beginning of the quarter.

To give you a general idea of where you might be placed, here is a brief description of the basic grammar you should know before entering each level:

  • French 1: None; no previous study of French
  • French 2: Present tense of regular -er verbs and of avoir and etre; adjective form and placement, possessive adjectives, question formation
  • French 3: Present, passé composé, and imparfait of common verbs; reflexive verbs; object pronouns
  • French 4-6: Exposure to all basic grammar + future, conditional, and subjunctive