Candidates who need to demonstrate their level of proficiency in French or English, and who do not have one of the other accepted forms of language verification, may pass a Summer School language assessment.
Each assessment requires approximately one to two hours to complete and should be taken without the help of a dictionary. Once completed, candidates must upload the assessment into the application tool, where it will be evaluated by a Summer School language instructor. The assessment should be uploaded as a single PDF file with all pages in the correct order to facilitate the evaluation process. The evaluation 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's University Programme and may not be used for application to any Sciences Po degree programmes.
English Language Assessment
Candidates who need proof of their level in English may download the English language assessment. Please note that there is only one assessment for all levels.
Download the Summer School University Programme English language assessment
- English language - test (PDF, 500 Ko)
- English language - listening comprehension
- English language - writing exercise
- English language - writing exercise (alternate link for Mainland China)
French Language Assessments
Candidates who need proof of their level in French must choose the assessment that fits their goals. For more information on the language levels, download an explanation of the CEFR levels (in English and French, PDF, 140Ko).
French language track candidates should take the test below the level they wish to take at the Summer School. For example, if you wish to take Level B2, you must take the Level B1 assessment to demonstrate you have mastered the material taught at the B1 level. Candidates who think that their French level may change between the time of application and the Summer School should take a language assessment based on their current French level. They will then have the opportunity to retake a language assessment immediately prior to beginning classes and will be moved up or down a level according to results. Students who wish to enter the A1 level do not need to take a French language assessment.
Download the Summer School French language assessments
Complete beginner – students applying for Level A1 do not need to take a placement test
Level A1 assessment – for students who wish to take Level A2
- A1 - test (PDF, 1,33 MB)
- A1 - listening exercise 1
- A1 - listening exercise 2
- A1 - listening exercise 3
- A1 - listening exercise 4
Level A2 assessment – for students who wish to take Level B1
- A2 - test (PDF, 908 Ko)
- A2 - listening exercise 1
- A2 - listening exercise 2
- A2 - listening exercise 3
Level B1 assessment – for students who wish to take Level B2
- B1 - test (PDF, 990 Ko)
- B1 - listening exercise 1
- B1 - listening exercise 2
- B1 - listening exercise 3
Level B2 assessment – for students who wish to take Level C1
Level C1 assessment – for students who wish to take Level C2