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-September 5.

 

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 2019 French APE Exam is September 10 at 11am-1pm in 217 Dartmouth Hall. 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 10 at 11am-1pm in 217 Dartmouth Hall. 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.

 

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-September 5. The course is located on Canvas.

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 [email protected].