French Examinations for Credit

A French exam worth 12 credits is available to returned missionaries and non-natives who have had non-academic experience with the language. The exam can be taken only once.  This exam is not for students whose native language is French.

Grades: You earn letter grades for French 101, 102, 201 (12 credits of written exam). You can accept or refuse any grade. A grade of C or better can be accepted as a letter grade, converted to Pass, or rejected. Pass grades give credit for the class, but do not change your GPA.


If you are interested in taking the French Exams for credit, please contact the French instructor, Brother Alan Taylor.

Office: Smith 475

Phone: 208-496-4319



Preparation: The test is equivalent to the final exam in French 201. To prepare for it, you should review the following concepts. (Additional concepts may be included on the test.)

1. Contractions: au, B la, B l' aux -- de la, de l', du, des

2. Passé Composé of most verbs, (conjugated with Ltre or avoir)

3. How to form questions, especially by inversion (Guy, parle-t-il avec elle?)

4. Conjugation of regular verbs (-er, -ir, -re types in all tenses)

5. Passé Simple (Be able to recognize it. No need to write it)

6. Plural of nouns

7. Imparfait/Plus-que-parfait (Je parlais /J'avais parlé, J'étais allé, etc.)

8. Direct object pronouns (me, te, le, la, nous, vous, les) (What they replace and where they go relative to the verb)

9. Indirect object pronouns (me, te, lui, nous, vous, leur) (see # 8)

10. Order and position of multiple pronouns in all situations.

11. Possessive adjectives (mon, ma, mes, etc. and possession by use of de (La voiture de Marie, La mPre du garçon, etc.)

12. Possessive pronouns (le mien, les siennes, la vôtre, les vôtres, etc.)

13. Present of the subjunctive. (Il veut que nous ayons nos stylos.)*

14. Agreement of Adjectives with nouns, past participles with subjects and with direct object pronouns.)

15. Expressions of quantity (beaucoup de, etc) and the Partitive (some & any)

16. Négation (ne. . . pas, ne. . . jamais, ne. . . plus, personne ne . . . etc.)

17. The two futures (proche: Je vais aller and simple: J'irai)

18. Conditional and past conditional (I would go. I would have gone)

19. The pronoun y, what it replaces and its varied meanings.

20. The pronoun en, what it replaces and its varied meanings.

21. Reflexive and pronominal verbs) (Je m'arrLte, Elle se met B, On s'en va etc.)

22. Relative pronouns: lequel (and its varied forms), dont, oj, qui, que, etc.

23. Celui, ceux, celle, celles-ci, etc. and their meanings.

24. Present participle (Le Gérondif) (Parlant avec lui, en travaillant, etc.)

25. Agreement of tenses. (Si j'avais eu le temps, j'y serais allée.) S'il y va, j'y irai aussi. etc.

Some things you do not have to know:

You do not have to write the passé simple, only recognize its meaning.

You do not have to know the futur antérieur. (I will have seen her. . . . Je l'aurai vue.)

*As for the subjunctive, only the present tense is included on the test.

For further information, contact Alan Taylor in Smith 475, or call 208-496-4319.