PLEASE NOTE THE UW TESTING CENTER IS CLOSED. AN ONLINE PLACEMENT TEST IS AVAILABLE IN FRENCH OR ITALIAN. IF YOU NEED TO TAKE A PLACEMENT TEST PLEASE SEE THE INSTRUCTIONS AND THE LINK BELOW. EMAIL FRENITAL@UW.EDU WITH ANY QUESTIONS.
If you took French or Italian in high school you must take a placement test, unless you already have college credit from UW in the High School, Running Start, an AP Exam, or Higher Level IB French/Italian exams. Otherwise, the UW registration system will not allow you to register for French/Italian courses.
If you have never taken French/Italian before, you do not need to take a placement test. You are eligible to register for FRENCH 101 or ITAL 101.
Students who have taken two or more years of French/Italian in high school or use French/Italian as their language of admission to the UW will not earn credit if they take FRENCH/ITAL 101 at UW. This is considered high school duplication.
If such a student takes the placement test and places into 101 then that student may take 101 but will not receive credit for the class. Students can take the class and receive a grade but these credits will not apply to overall total for graduation. Students in this situation can receive credit for FRENCH/ITAL 102 and on.
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French & Italian Placement Tests
The Department of French & Italian Studies in partnership with Avant Assessment now offers comprehensive online French and Italian placement tests for students seeking placement in French/Italian language courses or to demonstrate proficiency for graduation requirements. All students who have previously studied French/Italian but do not have college credit must take the placement test in order to register for a French/Italian language course at the UW.
The Avant STAMP 4S placement test is a remotely proctored, web-based test that assesses French/Italian language proficiency. The Avant STAMP 4S test has four sections and test items are based on real-world, everyday situations. The Avant STAMP 4S placement test costs $39.90 and is payable online by debit/credit card. On average the test takes around 2 hours and the maximum amount of time allowed is 3 hours (180 minutes).
The test’s four sections are; Reading (30 multiple choice questions), Writing (3 prompts), Listening (30 multiple choice questions), and Speaking (3 prompts). The Avant STAMP 4S placement test can place students from elementary to advanced French/Italian courses. Students do not need to study for the placement test but can review materials from previous courses.
Please note once you have taken the test we should have the results within 5-7 days. At which point we will email you your placement results and assist you with registering for the course you have placed into. Please ensure you take the placement test at least 1 week before classes start in the quarter you wish to register for a French or Italian course, otherwise we may not have your results and you may not be able to take classes that quarter. If you have questions or need to take the placement exam just for graduation requirements email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may wish to prepare for the test by consulting the following guides.
- STAMP 4S Remote Proctoring Test Taker Guide
- STAMP 4S Benchmarks & Rubric Guide
- Language Writing Examples
- STAMP 4S Power Up Guide
- STAMP 4S Sample Tests
If you have any issues with registering or taking the test please contact Avant’s Support team at email@example.com or phone 1-888-713-7887 for assistance. They are open 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time Monday – Friday. You may also contact the UW Testing Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This information is applicable to students with placement test scores, transfer students, and out-of-sequence students.
Students who take a placement test, have transfer credit and others who are not currently enrolled in a FRENCH or ITAL course become eligible to register at the start of registration Period II in any given quarter. Please check the academic calendar for Period I & II dates. Students with no French/Italian language courses on their transcripts (high-school level or above) are eligible to register for 101 during Period I.