Language Assessment

Pre-College Programme Language Assessments

Students who need to demonstrate their level in English or French and who do not have one of the other accepted forms of language verification, may pass a Summer School language assessment.

The Summer School proposes multiple language assessments including:

  • One English language assessment testing for the minimum level of English required for the Summer School.
  • Four French language assessments for levels A2 to B2 (beginner and intermediate levels).


Candidates should print out the language assessment, take it at home without any external assistance, scan it, and upload it to their application file under the "Languages" section. Each assessment requires approximately one to two hours to complete. The assessment should be uploaded as a single PDF file with all pages in the correct order to facilitate the evaluation processThe assessment will be evaluated by a Summer School language instructor, which takes between one and two weeks. Exceptionally, if the results of a first test are inconclusive, candidates may be asked to complete a second assessment.

These assessments are specific to the Summer School and may not be used for application to any other Sciences Po programme.


Candidates who need proof of their level in English may download the English language assessment. Please note that there is only one assessment, which demonstrates the minimum proficiency necessary to participate in the Summer School. 

Download the Summer School English language assessment


Candidates whose first-choice elective class is taught in French (French as a foreign language or "La démocratie en Europe") will need to demonstrate their level of French, except for complete beginners.

French foreign language classes are offered at the complete beginner, beginner, and intermediate levels.

Candidates wishing to take the elective "La démocratie en Europe" will need to demonstrate at minimum a B2 level of French.

Candidates should take the assessment that best reflects their French level. For more information on the language levels, download an explanation of the CEFR levels (in English and French, PDF, 140Ko).

Download the Summer School French language assessments

Complete beginner – candidates applying for complete beginner French foreign language classes do not need to take a placement test.

Level A1 assessment (beginner) – for candidates who think they currently have an A1 (beginner) level

Level A2 assessment (beginner-intermediate) – for students who think they curently have an A2 (beginner-intermediate) level

Level B1 assessment (intermediate) – for students who think they currently have a B1 (intermediate) level

Level B2 assessment (intermediate-advanced) – for students who wish to take the elective class "La démocratie en Europe"

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