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French Language

Description of the Examination

The French Language exam is designed to measure knowledge and skills typically learned in the first and second year of college study. Material taught during both years is incorporated into a single exam covering both Level 1 and Level 2 content. ACE recommends 6 semester hours of credit for mastery of Level 1 content (a score of 50) and 9 semester hours of credit for mastery of both Levels 1 and 2 (a score of 59).

The exam contains approximately 121 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Some of these are pretest questions that will not be scored. There are three separately timed sections. The three sections are weighted so that each question contributes equally to the total score. Any time candidates spend on tutorials or providing personal information is in addition to the actual testing time.

Knowledge and Skills Required

Candidates must demonstrate their ability to understand spoken and written French. The CLEP French Language exam tests their listening and reading skills through the various types of questions listed below. The percentages indicate the approximate percentage of exam questions devoted to each type of question.

Section I:
Listening: Rejoinders

Listening comprehension: choosing the best responses to short spoken prompts

Section II:
Listening: Dialogues and Narratives

Listening comprehension: choosing the answers to questions based on longer spoken selections

Section III:

10% Part A. Discrete sentences (vocabulary and structure)
20% Part B. Short cloze passages (vocabulary and structure)
30% Part C. Reading passages and authentic stimulus materials (reading comprehension)

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