Course Description

Who Writes the Test?

Ontario Certified Teachers intending to take French as a Second Language courses including:

  • FSL Part 1 Additional Qualification


Current OISE students who meet the following criteria: 

  • Teacher candidates studying at the Primary/Junior division in the Master of Teaching or Master of Arts, Child Study and Education who are interested in pursuing a French qualification through the Primary-Junior French focus in their program.
  • Conditionally accepted Master of Teaching candidates with French as a Second Language teaching subject (i.e. your offer of admission is conditional upon satisfactory completion of the OISE Proficiency Test in French)


Test Format

The proficiency test consists of 3 parts:

  • Part A & B will be completed through the online testing platform in one sitting.  
  • Part C will be completed via Skype call with the facilitator 

Participants will be emailed a link on the test start date with instructions for accessing the testing platform. At the beginning of the test, candidates are required to input personal information in order to proceed with the test. The information required is listed below:

  • Candidates' registered email address.  This will be used as the access token to the test.
  • Candidates' first name
  • Candidates' last name
  • Candidates' OCT number (or OISE student number, if MT candidate)
  • Academic honesty declaration

Part A - Writing 


Part B - Reading & Listening Comprehension

Time: 3.5 hours combined for Part A & B in one sitting

Part A & B will be completed through an online testing platform and can be completed at any time during the testing window after the link is received. 

Part A consists of writing paragraphs in response to suggested situations. Participants will also be required to write an Essay for a given question.

Part B consists of Listening & Reading Comprehension. Participants will watch a video and answer questions by writing a paragraph for each. Participants are allowed to view the video multiple times during the test.  Participants will be provided with an article to read and answer the questions by writing a paragraph each. 

Part C - Oral Communication

Time: typically 30 minutes, but may vary 

Part C will be completed via Skype call with an OISE facilitator, after Parts A & B have been marked.  Facilitators will connect with participants to schedule this call.


Test Evaluation

You will pass the proficiency test if you can demonstrate that you have mastered the French language at a level high enough to teach students at any level of proficiency (from beginner to advanced level students).

In addition, you must demonstrate proficiency in all skill areas in order to pass the test. It is not sufficient to do well only on one part of the test. The passing grade for each part of the proficiency test is 75%.

The criterion for evaluation is as follows:

  • linguistic competence: mastery of grammar, vocabulary, agreements, spelling, syntax, pronunciation
  • fluency
  • sociolinguistic competence: appropriate usage of language in different social contexts
  • style: coherence and cohesion of language and ideas as well as the ability to convey one's message
  • appropriateness of ideas

Communication of Results

Test results will be sent by email as soon as possible once the tests are graded.

What are my options if I do not pass the proficiency test?

If you do not pass the proficiency test you may register and take another test in the next testing period.



How to Prepare

If you have not taken courses recently in the target language or do not have the opportunity to use the target language on a regular basis, you might want to consider preparing for the proficiency test by:

Immersing yourself as much as possible in the target language by:

  • watching television
  • listening to the radio
  • reading books, magazines and newspapers
  • engaging in conversation with native speakers
  • completing practical writing tasks

Reviewing important aspects of the language including:

  • the tense system
  • idiomatic expressions
  • appropriate social and cultural conventions
  • devises for cohesion and coherence

Taking a newspaper article and deleting every 6th, 7th or 8th word, (such as articles/determinants, prepositions, verbs, adjectives, pronoms relatifs) and then testing yourself by filling in the blanks.


Accommodation for Documented Disability

If you have accessibility needs that require accommodation please email oise.cpl@utoronto.ca.


Successful completion of this test is valid for 3 years from the date you took the test. 

The French proficiency test runs 4 times per calendar year, approximately one month prior to the registration deadline for the upcoming session (i.e. August, December, March, June).


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