Placement Test Information

Is French required?

If you are an LAS student, there is a 4-semester language requirement. You may select whichever language you like, or consult with an LAS advisor. We hope you choose French! If you are not an LAS student, you can take French as an elective. Check with your advisor for details.

Do I have to take a placement test?

  • If you have taken French anywhere (grade school, middle school, high school, another college/university) and/or if you have learned French in another way (by living in a French-speaking country or family), YES, you must take the UIC French Placement Test.
  • If you have never taken French before nor lived in a French-speaking country/family, you should sign up for French 101.
  • Transfer Students: consult with an LAS academic advisor. You can set an appointment at student.las.uic.edu.

Where do I take the French placement exam?

French placement tests are offered ONLY at the Office of Testing Services. Check out the Office of Testing Services' web page on PEP Testing, or call (312) 996-0919 (24 hours a day).

What do I do after getting my placement test score?

Register for the course indicated on the test results. Attend the class. If after a few days you feel that you are in the wrong level, please e-mail the French Coordinator, Professor Elizabeth Weber (edweber@uic.edu) . Include an explanation of your history with French (where did you take it, for how long) and why you are not comfortable in the class you are currently registered in. You must have written permission from Professor Weber or the change will not show up in your LAS file.

*Any changes must be completed before the end of drop/add period, Friday of the second week of the semester.

What do I do if the class I was placed in seems too easy or too difficult?

E-mail Professor Elizabeth Weber (edweber@uic.edu) immediately and explain your situation clearly in your message; include information about much French you have taken before, and where. You must have written permission to switch classes from Professor Weber or the change will not show up in your LAS file.

*Any changes must be completed before the end of drop/add period, Friday of the second week of the semester.