French Language Placement Advisory Test

French Village Street

Students with previous background in the study of French (in high school, another school or college, etc.) may take an online placement test in French and receive e-mail notification of which French course they should best enroll in at City College. In addition, based on the placement result and after consultation with the test advisor, the student may sign up to earn extra units based on the previous study. Thus, if you had, for example, two years of high school French with good grades, you take the placement test and talk to the advisor. If the test and advisor recommend you enroll in French 2, you take that course and upon completion of French 2 with a grade of A or B, City College will award you units for both French 1 and 2 (5 units per course for a total of 10 units).  Here are the procedures:

WebCAPE advisory

  1. GO to the internet site of the placement test from any Internet connected computer - you may take the test in the CCSF Language Center (Rosenberg Library, R-403) if you like. It should not take more than 30 minutes.
  2. Click here to go straight to the WebCAPE portal (will open in a new window).
  3. Enter the Password: california1
  4. Choose "French" from the drop down menu.
  5. Enter your information - You will need your CCSF ID.
  6. Click Submit Information.
  7. Follow the directions to take the test.   After taking the placement test, you will AUTOMATICALLY receive an email with your result. 
  8. SAVE YOUR RESULTS.
  9. You must then e-mail the results to the FRENCH ADVISOR, Isabelle Motamedi: imotamed@ccsf.edu. She will get back to you with her recommendation.  You will also need to complete a form so that we know you want us to grant the credit for previous study upon completion of your CCSF French course. You may earn the same number of units for previous study that you earn for the French course you enroll in, i.e., if you take a three unit course successfully, we grant the previous three units; if you take a five unit course, we grant the previous five units. There is no charge to the student for the extra units.