Language Assessment for the French immersion and Extended French streams

There are three tests administered by Language Testing Services related to the French immersion and Extended French streams.

Immersion Admissions Test

Students applying to the French immersion or Extended French streams must take the Immersion Admissions Test to determine if their French proficiency is adequate to succeed in university courses taught in French. The results of this test do not affect your application to the University; the results only affect your entry to these two streams.

 

Description of the Test

This test evaluates listening and reading comprehension and includes the following:

  • Three listening passages which consist of a recorded conversation or lecture and multiple-choice questions related to the recording. You will hear the recording twice.
  • Three reading passages which consist of a text which you must read and multiple-choice questions related to the text.
  • One fill-in the-blank activity which consists of a passage in which words have been deleted. You must choose, from the multiple-choice options, the words that best fit the blanks.

Test-takers must allow 90 minutes to write the test, but may finish more quickly.

 

Accessing the Test

  1. Follow the login steps outlined on the uOLangTest Portal.
  2. After you login, find Immersion - Admissions Test in the Available Tests list.
  3. Click on the Start Test button next to the test title.
  4. Write the test and view your results immediately after submitting the test.

 

Note: A $24 fee will be added to your Statement of account which can be viewed in uoZone.

 

Understanding your Test Results

Result Code

What does the code mean?

Next Steps

FCB

Your test results indicate that your comprehension is not sufficient for taking university courses taught in French.  This does not affect your application to the university, but you are not admissible to the French immersion or Extended French stream at this time.

While you are not admissible to the French immersion or Extended French stream, you may want to consider taking French as a Second Language (FLS) courses to further develop your French skills. To determine which course you may take, you must take the Placement Test.

F5

Your test results indicate that your comprehension is just below what is required for taking university courses taught in French.  This does not affect your application to university, but at this time you are not yet admissible to the French immersion or Extended French stream.

Since you only require a slight improvement in comprehension, you have a few options:

  1. Retake the test in two months.  To prepare, you could do extra work in reading and listening in French.
  2. Participate in an intensive French program (for example uOttawa's French Intensive Program (pif.uOttawa.ca) the Explore Program www.myexplore.ca), and retake the test. You must wait a minimum of two months before you may retake the test.
  3. Register for FLS2512 and FLS2513, French as a second language courses, in your first semester at the University of Ottawa.  In the January semester you could add the French immersion or Extended French stream to your program.

 

For more tips and information, contact immersion@uOttawa.ca or 613-562-5747.

AI

Based on your test results, you are admissible to French Immersion Studies.

 

When you are ready to register for FLS courses, you may choose to register for one of the following courses: FLS2500 or FLS2581.

Prior to the course registration period in May, you will be asked to complete the Immersion Writing and Speaking Assessment which will evaluate your writing and speaking skills. This assessment will allow us to provide more personal guidance regarding your course selection.

AII

Based on your test results, you are admissible to French Immersion Studies.

 

When you are ready to register for FLS courses, you may choose to register for one of the following courses: FLS2500, FLS2731, FLS2741, FLS2791, FLS3373 or FLS2581.

Prior to the course registration period in May, you will be asked to complete the Immersion Writing and Speaking Assessment which will evaluate your writing and speaking skills. This assessment will allow us to provide more personal guidance regarding your course selection.

AIII

Based on your test results, you are admissible to French Immersion Studies.

 

When you are ready to register for FLS courses, you may choose to register for one of the following courses: FLS2500, FLS2791, or FLS3581.

Prior to the course registration period in May, you will be asked to complete the Immersion Writing and Speaking Assessment which will evaluate your writing and speaking skills. This assessment will allow us to provide more personal guidance regarding your course selection.

Immersion Writing and Speaking Assessment

The Immersion Writing and Speaking Assessment is for students who have accepted an offer to uOttawa and been admitted to the French immersion or Extended French stream. It is used to determine which FLS (French as a Second Language) courses a student may take.

The results of this test are used for course registration and to determine a student’s personalized study plan.

 

Description of the Assessment

This assessment is used to evaluate written and spoken expression. It includes:

  • Speaking: You will record spoken responses to a variety of questions. To prepare your answers for some of the questions, you will read a text or listen to a recording.
  • Writing: You will type a written response to a topic.

Test-takers must allow one hour for this assessment, but may finish more quickly.

 

Accessing the Writing and Speaking Assessment

  1. Follow the login steps outlined in the uOLangTest Portal.
  2. After you login, find Immersion - Writing and Speaking Assessment in the Available Tests list.
  3. Click on the Request Access button next to Immersion - Writing and Speaking Assessment. When the pop-up appears, click the Request Access button in the pop-up.
  4. Wait to receive an email granting you access. Please allow one business day.
  5. When you have enough time to complete the assessment (60 minutes), log back in.
  6. Complete the assessment. Your submission will be evaluated by a trained assessor. Your results will be released in three to five business days.

 

Understanding your Results

You will receive a list of courses appropriate for your writing and speaking level.

For more information about these courses, please select from the options below:

You may also want to familiarize yourself with the FLS course flowchart to help you plan your FLS course sequence.

Second Language Certification Test

To graduate from the French immersion or the Extended French stream, students must pass the Second Language Certification Test.

To write this test, students must register for FLS3500, a self-study course. The Second Language Certification Test is the final exam for this course.

To pass the test, students must receive at least 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-register for the course and re-take the test if they are not successful the first time.

More information about FLS3500 and the Second Language Certification Test is available, from the links below.

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