Students interested in beginning French at Middlebury should consult with French faculty during orientation week or at Academic Forum. All continuing students of French must take a placement exam. We strongly encourage you to do so before arriving on campus.

Students will be directed to register for a course on the basis of their result on this test.

Incoming Students

Before new students can take any online placement exam, they must activate their Middlebury user account. If you have not already done so, please go to go/accounts.

Continuing Students

Any student who takes the exam and is placed in a course but does not register for it for the semester immediately following will need to ask the chair of the French Department for a prerequisite waiver if he or she decides to take the course in a later semester.

How to Take the Online Test

Once you have activated your Middlebury user account, visit the enrollment page.

  1. If prompted, click on “Enroll in the Course.”
  2. Select “Go to the Course.”
  3. Read the instructions thoroughly before clicking on the link that opens the test.
  4. Take the test. You have 50 minutes to complete it.
  5. After completing the test, please plan to speak in person with the department chair before receiving your placement.

Please note: The purpose of this exam is to assist in optimal placement at Middlebury, so do not use a dictionary or other materials to assist you. Once you begin a section, you must complete it; you cannot return to a section of the exam after you have begun. You may take the exam only once, so be sure to plan on having enough uninterrupted time to complete it.

Help with Log-In Issues

For help with your Middlebury username and password, contact the Helpdesk at or 802-443-2200.

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