Placement and Permissions
Information for students matriculating Summer 2013 or later
If you have previous knowledge of French, you must take the online placement exam linked through the Office of First-Year Experience website. 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 will be billed to your Bursar account.
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Foreign Language Requirement
Students cannot fulfill the foreign language requirement of the College of Arts & Sciences or other schools on the IUB 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 IU placement exam and then complete at least one “validating course” in French.
Advanced Placement and IB Credit
Students who take the placement exam and test into F250 may apply for special credit for F200 (3 credit hours) after they have completed F250 with a grade of C or better. The F250 course must be the first course in French taken at IUB. F250 is considered the “validating course.”
Students who take the placement exam and test into the 300-level may claim special credit for F200 (3 cr.) and F250 (3 cr.) after they have completed a 300-level French class taught in French with a grade of C or better. The 300-level course, which is the “validating course” in this case, must be the first course in French taken at IUB.
Fees may be assessed depending on the student's credit hour enrollment for specified semesters. Special Credit in French is awarded with an S grade.
A transfer course can NOT be used as a validating course to apply for Special Credit. A student can only take the IUB validating course ONCE in an effort to achieve the minimum grade of C to then apply for Special Credit. Also, a student who is fluent in French due to being raised or educated in a French-speaking country is NOT eligible to receive Special Credit in French.
Request special credit through our online form.
Information for students who matriculated prior to Summer 2013
If you have previous knowledge of French, and you did not take a placement test during orientation when you first came to IU, you should take the online placement exam. The exam costs $50, which will be billed to your Bursar account.
If you took the proctored placement exam administered by BEST in Franklin Hall (available prior to May 2013), your score was sent to the Department of French and Italian. You should contact the Department to find out your score and placement.
Special CreditRequest for Special Credit Form
If you took the proctored placement exam administered by BEST in Franklin Hall (available prior to May 2013), then you may be eligible for Special Credit as follows. If you score is sufficient, the 100-level credit will be automatically processed after you have taken the proctored BEST placement exam (up to 8 credit hours, 4 for F100 and 4 for F150). If you receive a higher score that places you into F250 or into the 300-level, you will have to take the course into which you place before you can apply for 200-level special credit. It is very important that you apply for 200-level credit before you graduate or transfer to another university or you will be charged for each credit hour of special credit.
- If you placed into F150, you will receive 4 credit hours of special credit for F100.
- If you placed into F200, you will receive 8 credit hours of special credit for F100 and F150.
- If you placed into F250, you may apply for 3 credit hours of additional special credit in F200 only if you complete F250 with a C- or better.
- If you placed into any 300-level French course, you may apply for 6 credit hours of additional special credit in F200 and F250 only if you complete a 300-level course with a C- or higher.
If you did not take a placement exam until after May 1, 2013, please see the section above entitled “Information for Students matriculating Summer 2013 or later.”
Online permission is required before you can register in the accelerated elementary French class or in the F495 individual readings class.
- F115 - Accelerated First-Year French
- F265 - Accelerated Second-Year French
- F495 - Individual Readings
If you have any questions, please email the Undergraduate Secretary.