Language Assessments for French immersion Stream

Language Testing Services administers two tests related to the French Immersion Stream.

Immersion Entry Test

Students applying to the French immersion Stream must take the Immersion Entry 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 the French Immersion Stream.

 

Description of the Test

This test measures the 4 language skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

This test includes the following:

PART 1 – listening and reading

(This part of the test is used to assess whether your level of understanding is high enough to take university courses in French.)

  • 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 this part of the test, but some may finish more quickly.

PART 2 – speaking and writing

(This part of the test is used to determine which FLS (French as a Second Language) courses you can enroll in.)

  • 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 60 minutes for this part of the test, but some may finish more quickly.

 

Access to the Test

To have access to the test, you must :

  • Have an offer of admission from uOttawa.
  • Request access to the test:
    • Open a session in the uoLangTestPortal.
    • Find the Immersion Entry Test in the list of tests.
    • Click on the Request Access button next to the Immersion Entry Test. When the pop-up appears, click the Request Access button in the pop-up. Usually, within one business day, you will receive an email granting you access to the test.
    • When you have enough time to complete the test (2,5 hours), log back in.
    • Complete the test:
      • You will receive an automatic email confirming your admission in the French Immersion Stream.
      • Within 5 business days, you will receive a list of FLS recommended courses, according to your results.

 

A $29.25 fee will be added to your statement of account, which you can access in uoZone.

 

 

Understanding your Test Results

Results 

Results Description

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 Stream at this time.

While you are not admissible to the French Immersion 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 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 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 Stream to your program.

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

Results starting with “A”

Your test results indicate that you are eligible for the French Immersion Stream.

Your FLS course recommendations will be available by logging in to your uOLangTest account. 
Second Language Certification Test

To graduate with the “French Immersion” designation on their diploma, students in the French Immersion Stream must pass the Second Language Certification Test.

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

To pass the test, you must receive at least a level 2 in all four components of the test: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

It is recommended to enroll in this course during the second term of your 3rd year or during the first term of your 4th year. This will ensure that you can enroll again in the course and re-take the test if you are not successful the first time.

More information about FLS3500 and the Second Language Certification Test is available, from this link: Information about the course.

 

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