Notice: If you submitted a Placement Test this summer and did not receive a response from us, please resubmit. The nationwide system experienced problems in early August that we have now corrected. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

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 that 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! Everyone is welcome and 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.

Are You A Beginner with Prior Experience or Absolute Beginner?

Take this brief self-test below to find out. If you have a majority of OUI, you are a beginner with limited prior experience. If you have a majority of NON, you are then considered an absolute beginner. If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to contact the Education Department. We are here to help!

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Step 1: Written Test (Required)

Complete the Written Test

Step 2: Oral Test (Required)

Once you have submitted a written placement test, 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 617.912.0415 to schedule an appointment. The oral test takes approximately five to ten minutes, after which the instructor will advise the appropriate course level.

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.