Advanced Placement exam in French (APE): September 2, at 10am via Zoom, September 9 at 1pm.
The APE exam is designed to make sure you can succeed in our classes beyond those designed for the acquisition of grammar competency. If you achieve a 90% you will be allowed to place out of French 8, (you will NOT receive credit for this class), which is a grammar review and culture course, and go directly to French 10. French 10 is the prerequisite course for the major and minor. It is a small seminar in which you learn the skills for literary and cultural analysis. After taking French 10 you are eligible to take any other courses in French, as well as apply for our foreign study program in Paris.
Very few students actually place out of French 8 at Dartmouth so you should not be disappointed if you do not achieve 90% on the exam. It is definitely worth taking this exam, though, if you have placed out of the language requirement. We can best place you in the right level at Dartmouth if you take the exam.
The exam takes about an hour. You do not need to prepare for this exam. It is an assessment of your current level in French. The first part of the exam will be synchronous and will consist of a dictation, followed by 3 questions to ascertain your comprehension of the passage. It will be conducted via Zoom. The examiner will read a paragraph and then ask you a series of questions to which you must respond in full sentences. The second part is asynchronous. This will consist of an exercise to evaluate reading comprehension. We give you a passage, followed by questions to ascertain your ability to understand and interpret a text. This will be followed by a third section, which is a test of advanced grammar concepts. It is mainly translation from English to French, and includes idiomatic expressions. You will have approximately 45 minutes to complete the second part of the exam on your own. You will then submit the completed exam to the examiner who will correct it by Sept. 3 in time for you to register for fall classes.
Again, there's nothing you should do to prepare. We're most interested in seeing the level you're at and making sure that you could be successful in a French 10 class, which is the class you would place into should you get a 90% on the exam.
If you are eligible to take the APE exam, (you have placed out of the language requirement through our internal online exam OR by high scores on external exams such as the SAT II, or you have had extensive experience living in France), please register to take the exam by informing the examiner via email: Faith.E.Beasley@Dartmouth.edu. Prof. Beasley will then send you a zoom invitation for the exam on September 2 at 10am or September 9th at 1pm.
The APE exam is ONLY offered to incoming students their first term at Dartmouth. You will NOT be able to take this exam later. If you have a legitimate conflict with the time of the exam this year, please inform Prof. Beasley via email.