Immersion Admission Test

The English second language courses (ESL) and the French second language courses (FLS) are meant to help you improve your language skills. The courses are offered from a beginner level to an advanced level.

First Step - Immersion Admission Test

The Immersion Admission Test is an online French Proficiency test that measures your French listening and reading comprehension and written expression.

  1. Listening Comprehension Test - includes 2 test passages with multiple-choice questions. Each passage is heard twice. The test lasts about 20 minutes.
  2. Reading Comprehension Test - includes 2 passages of 400 to 700 words with multiple-choice questions and a 22 item multiple-choice cloze test, in which words are deleted from a passage. This test lasts about 45 minutes.
  3. Writing Test - Students who pass the listening and reading sections will then complete a writing test. For the writing test, you must write an essay of approximately 200 words about the topic provided. This test lasts about 25 minutes.

Test Results
Following the reading test you will immediately be informed if you have met the requirements for admission to French Immersion Studies or the Extended French Stream. Please remember that this result does not effect your application to a program of study.

Students, who completed the writing test, will receive a detailed report by email three to five business days following their test. The email will include Français langue seconde course recommendations and represents the first step in the creation of your Immersion Study Plan.

Students, who don’t pass the test, may take advantage of one of the following options to improve their French proficiency.

  1. Complete the French Intensive Program at the University of Ottawa in August (
  2. Participate in other intensive French programs (for example the Explore Program).
  3. Register for FLS2512 and FLS2513, Français langue seconde courses, in your first session at the University of Ottawa.

Second Step - Productive Skills Test

Students admitted to French Immersion Studies and the Extended French stream must complete a speaking test at the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute when they arrive in Ottawa.

The test is computer-administered and the students will read and listen to various texts and record spoken responses.

Five to ten business days following this test, a report will be emailed to the students outlining additional Français langue seconde course recommendations.

Third Step - Second Language Certification Test

To graduate from French Immersion Studies, students must complete the Second Language Certification Test. To complete this test, students must register for FLS3500 a self-study course and complete the final exam, the Second Language Certification Test. To pass the test students must receive a level 2 in all four components of the test.

Students may register for this course at any time. It is strongly recommended that students complete the test before the end of their third year; this will ensure that they can re-take the test if they are not successful the first time.

More information about the course and test.