French proficiency

If you apply for the French as a second language teaching subject, you must pass (without exception) our FSL proficiency test. You are responsible for registering for it. There is no exemption and no other tests (e.g. TestCan, DALF, or French immersion certificate) can replace it.

How to register

The Admissions Office will acknowledge receipt of your application by email and provide you with a password to access your uoZone account. You will then be able to register for the French test and pay the non-refundable $120 administrative fee.

The test is held in Ottawa in January and February and in Toronto in February.

If, for exceptional circumstances, you cannot attend any of the scheduled sessions, you must email educprog@uottawa.ca explaining why you require an alternate date. We will determine a new date at our convenience.

If you already passed the FSL test in 2017 and received a Réussite totale or Réussite avec cours d’appoint, you may use those results for the September 2018 admission. Should you choose this option, confirm this when you register online. Results obtained prior to 2017 are not considered. You will therefore need to register again to take the test.

You can write this exam once per year only.

Preparation for the French as a second language test

Download this sample French test for examples of questions and preparation tips prior to the exam. You may also visit the Visez juste en français website to practice.

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