Placement

A series of three, one-term elementary courses in Italian (Italian 1, 2, and 3) or French (French 1, 2 and 3) gives students the foundations they need in the language and allows them to satisfy Dartmouth's language requirement.  They are then able to move on to the intermediate courses in French (French 8, Exploring French Culture and Language and French 10, Introduction to French Literature) or in Italian (Italian 9, Italian Culture, and Italian 10, Introduction to Italian Literature).   Details regarding placement in language classes is provided below.  For more information, please contact our Language Program Director, Professor Tania Convertini.

FRENCH COURSE PLACEMENT AND EXEMPTION


The number of previous courses taken in the language, and/or scores of the SAT II Subject Test or the CEEB Advanced Placement examination, will be used to determine placement as follows:
 

French Course Placement

French Course Placement

French 1:  A score of 0-530 on the SAT II Subject Test

French 2:  A score of 540-600 on the SAT II Subject Test OR completion of three or more years of French courses in high school

French 3:  A score of 610-710 on the SAT II Subject Text OR a score of 4 on the AP

Incoming, first-year students who are planning to continue to study French, who have not been automatically placed based on their SAT II or AP scores or the number of years of French classes taken in high school should take the Online Written and Oral Exam. It is available through Canvas August 5-August 31. If you need an extension, please contact Brigitte Mosenthal.

 

Exemption from the French Language Requirement (French 1, 2, 3) :

The following scores/grades will exempt students from the Language Requirement:

1. A score of 5 on the CEEB Advanced Placement examination.

2. A score of 720 or higher on the SAT II Subject Test.

3. A grade of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level International Baccalaureate (IB).

4. A grade of "A" on the British A-Level.

Exemption from French 8: Dartmouth's Advanced Proficiency Exam

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An entering student who has been exempted from French 1, 2, and 3 is eligible to take the Advanced Proficiency Exam (APE) during New Student Orientation in September. The date of the Fall 2020 French APE Exam is September 2nd at 10am. It will be delivered remotely - to sign up please contact Professor Faith Beasley at faith.beasley@dartmouth.edu. A score of 90 percent or more on the APE Exam earns exemption from French 8.

Please note: 

  • If your scores in our local placement indicate that you are a candidate for exemption (please check instructions on the Canvas site), you are invited to take the Advanced Proficiency Exam (APE) during New Student Orientation on September 2nd at 10am by contacting Professor Beasley. A score of 90 percent or more earns exemption from French 8.
  • French 8 (or exemption) and French 10 are prerequisites for participation in our Paris program; they are also required courses for all students who major or minor in French.

Further Information

 

Advanced Placement exam in French (APE):  September 2, at 10am via Zoom.

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 August 31 at 6pm by informing the examiner via email:  Faith.Beasley@Dartmouth.edu.  Prof. Beasley will then send you a zoom invitation for the exam on September 2 at 10am. 

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.

ITALIAN COURSE PLACEMENT AND EXEMPTION

The number of previous courses taken in the language, and/or scores of the SAT II Subject Test or the CEEB Advanced Placement examination, will be used to determine placement as follows:
 

Italian Course Placement

Italian Placement

Italian 1:  A score of 0-530 on the SAT II Subject Text

Italian 2:  A score of 540-600 on the SAT II subject test OR completion of three or more years of Italian courses in high school

Italian 3:  A score of 610-710 on the SAT II Subject Test OR a score of 4 on the AP

Incoming, first-year students who are planning to continue to study Italian, who have not already been automatically placed based on the number of years of Italian classes taken in high school or on their SAT II or AP scores can take the Online Written and Oral Exam from August 5-August 31. If you need an extension, please contact Tania Convertini.

Exemption from the Italian Language Requirement (Italian 1, 2, 3)

The following scores/grades will exempt students from the Language Requirement:

1. A score of 5 on the CEEB Advanced Placement examination.

2. A score of 720 or higher on the SAT II Subject Test.



 

Italian Advanced Placement Additional Information

Students interested in seeking Advanced Placement in Italian should inquire at the Department of French and Italian, 315 Dartmouth Hall, during New Student Orientation in September, or email french.and.italian@dartmouth.edu.