Prior to enrolling in an upcoming session, all new students with prior French language knowledge are required to complete a quick written and oral test. This ensures you are placed in the appropriate course level. If you have no French experience—even if you don’t know what bonjour means—that’s ok! We have plenty of courses for beginners.

Children are always placed in courses based on their age and native language and do not necessitate a placement test. Placement tests are required for all teen courses.

To get started, review the following proficiency levels, then complete and submit the form below.



Step 1A: Identify Your Level

Proficiency Levels

A1 - Beginner
I took French for anywhere between 1 and 3 years in High School or College, and never had a chance to practice and/or In the recent past, I took French lessons for a period of less than a year, only a few hours a week, with good results, then ...
􀂅 I can introduce myself (name, age, occupation, where I live, ... etc.)
􀂅 I can give and follow directions to a location
􀂅 I can say what I like today and what I liked yesterday
􀂅 I can say what I am going to do tomorrow

A2 - Advanced Beginner
I took French for anywhere between 4 and 10 years in High School and College but have not had a chance to practice for a long time and/or In the recent past, I took French lessons for more than a year and less than 2 years with good results, then ...
􀂅 I can propose, accept or decline an invitation
􀂅 I can describe in simple terms my background and my environment (my work, my house, my family)
􀂅 I can state my opinion and elaborate an explanation
􀂅 I can describe my schedule of activities (yesterday, today and tomorrow)

B1 - Intermediate
I took French for anywhere between 4 and 10 years in school and managed to practice on and off until now (through reading, travels, classes, work assignements...) and/or In the recent past, I took French lessons for more than 3 years and less than 4 years with good results, then ...
􀂅 I can carry out a financial or commercial transaction (open an account, purchase a service… )
􀂅 I can summarize something and relate someone else’s point of view
􀂅 I can describe hypothetical situations in the past and in the future (what if’s)
􀂅 I can write a review of a book, show, movie, play... etc.

B2 - Advanced
I took French for about 10 years or more and managed to practice on and off until now (through reading, travels, classes, work assignment...) and/or In the recent past, I took French lessons for more than 4 years with good results, then ...
􀂅 I can discuss anger, disappointment, boredom, disatisfaction, disgust… etc.
􀂅 I can discuss possibility/impossibility, probability, certitude/doubt, need/obligation.
􀂅 I can negotiate a contract, a business deal or manage a conflictual situation
􀂅 I can produce clear detailed texts on a wide range of subjects, present and justify a viewpoint



Step 1B: Placement Request Form







(Full time, part-time, student, unemployed etc. This helps give us a better idea of your availability)




Please tell us a little bit about why you are taking lessons, in order for us to find a class that suits your needs




If you have taken French before and are not sure of your last level, please refer to our proficiency level guide and write in which level matches your background


All fields labeled * are required



Step 2: Oral test (Required)

Once you have submitted the request form and written placement test inquiry, an instructor will call you at the time that you've indicated on your placement request form. For in-person evaluations at the Center, please call 617.912.0400 to schedule an appointment. The oral test takes approximately five to ten minutes, after which the instructor will advise the appropriate course level.


Step 3: Written test (Optional)

If asked print out and complete the written test (PDF). Then, email it to us, bring it to the Center, or fax it to 617.262.0611 at least one week prior to the beginning of each session.



Trial Classes

If you would like to try a class before you actually register for it, or participate once in a class, you may do so by calling us one week in advance. Prices are as follows:

  • $30 for 1.5-hour class
  • $45 for 2-hour class
  • $60 for 3-hour class
If you decide to enroll in that class, the trial class fee will be deducted from your course registration fee.