French Placement & Special Credit

Language placement for French

You cannot fulfill the foreign language requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences or other schools on the Indiana University Bloomington campus (nor the university’s general education requirements) simply by taking the placement exam. Depending on the requirement, it may be fulfilled by taking AP or IB exams (see the Office of Admissions website). However, normally a student with prior knowledge of French must take the online Indiana University placement exam and then complete at least one “validating course” in French.

Placement exam

If you have previous knowledge of French, you must take the online placement exam through the Office of First-Year Experience. The scores will be made available to you during the orientation session for freshmen or transfer students. The placement exam is used only to place you at the correct level as you start your language study at IU. It is not used to establish proficiency in the language or to receive any university credit. The online placement exam costs $50, which covers all language placement exams for one academic year. This amount will be billed to your Bursar account.

Score Placement
0-25 F100
26-35 F150
36-43 F200
44-51 F250
52+ F300, F313, F314, F315, F316, or F317

Advanced placement & IB credit

You should consult the Office of Admissions website to find out about credit in French given as a result of Advanced Placement (AP) exams or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.

Course permissions

Online permission is required before you can register in the accelerated French language classes, in the X490 individual readings class, or in our online language classes.

Please complete the online French Course Authorization Form for permission to register for the following:

  • F115 and F265 Accelerated French
  • Online language classes

Please download and complete the Permission for Individual Readings Form for permission to register for the following:

  • X490 - Individual Readings and F399/499 Readings for Honors