Language Assessment for French immersion

Language assessment tools are used for admission to French Immersion Studies, to help develop each student’s immersion study plan and to determine if the student may graduate from French Immersion Studies or the Extended French Stream. Below you will find specific information about these assessment tools.

First Step - Immersion Admission Test

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

  1. Listening Comprehension - includes 2 test passages with multiple-choice questions. Each passage is heard twice. The test lasts about 20 minutes.
  2. Reading Comprehension - includes 2 passages of 400 to 700 words with multiple-choice questions and a 22 item multiple-choice fill-in-the-blanks passage, in which words are deleted from a passage and the test-taker must select the correct word for each blank. This test lasts about 45 minutes.
  3. Writing - 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 affect 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 and repeat the test in two months (or at a later date).

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

Second Step - Productive Skills Evaluation

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

The test is computer-administered at the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute. 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 or the Extended French Stream, 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: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

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.

Description of the Second Language Certification Test.

More information about registering for FLS3500 and the course requirements.