French Language Test

A French language test can help you hire the right employees, based on their proficiency in French.

  • What is a French language test?

    The French language test enables you to determine whether candidates can communicate fluently and appropriately in French depending on the situation: business or social. The test assesses an individual's competence in using the French language, whether they can understand a range of topics and use their knowledge of French to help enhance productivity at work, collaborate with others, and foster a productive working environment.

    The test is a timed test covering a range of work-related topics. Typical topics covered in the test include sentence composition and structure, French grammar, use of vocabulary as relevant to the situation and reading comprehension.

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  • Why is a French language test so important when hiring?

    As a recruiter, it is essential to ensure you have adequately assessed all skills required for success in a role. When it comes to determining a candidate's proficiency in a language, it can be challenging to do so from a resume or interview alone. You want to determine whether individuals can communicate effectively in different business situations similar to those they would encounter in the role.

    The French language test provides you with a means to objectively assess an individual's proficiency in using French in a business environment. The test evaluates whether individuals can communicate in French to overcome language barriers they may face when communicating with clients verbally and in writing.

    The results from the French language test can be used to shortlist your applicant pool to only those that demonstrate the required proficiency when communicating in French. Those that don't can be eliminated. Those who demonstrate knowledge and ability that enables them to express themselves and use appropriate vocabulary and grammar can be progressed to the next recruitment stage.

    Given its cost-effectiveness and practical application in the assessment of the French language, the test can be used in the recruitment process for roles where proficiency and literacy in French are required.

    These include:

    • Customer service roles
    • Translators
    • Content creators
    • Editors
    • Marketing managers
    • Communications and PR Managers

Sample French Language Test question

Où ___ tes cahiers?

  • sont

  • êtes

  • être

  • serons

How to assess French language skills using our test

Our French language test asks a variety of questions that vary in difficulty level. Candidates who are proficient in French should be able to answer most of the questions correctly.

The French language test provides valuable data insight into what a candidate knows and understands. The test is structured using multiple-choice questions: a familiar format for most test-takers, that allows for instant and objective scoring.

As well as the correct answer, there are typically 2–4 distractors, representing common misconceptions and mistakes. This helps make the test more challenging, so a candidate's ability can be measured more accurately.

Test scores are provided within the platform and can be compared to other test-takers in your talent pool, to see how they perform relative to each other.

Each test has been thoroughly reviewed to ensure accuracy and validity in line with industry standards. It has been written, examined and edited by French language experts and psychometric professionals. It has also been reviewed by a diverse sample of job seekers to check for any issues including sensitivity, face validity, fairness and accessibility.

This test is continually monitored so our team can optimize performance and regularly assess fairness issues.


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French Language Test FAQs

What level of language proficiency does this test assess?

The test helps future employers assess an intermediate level of language proficiency across a range of areas including grammar, spelling, reading and writing.

Is French considered a business language?

With over 220 million speakers globally, French is a widely spoken language in business and is considered one of the essential languages in the business world.

Spoken across all continents globally, being proficient in spoken and written business French can help overcome any language barriers when dealing with global clients in building and maintaining a productive working relationship.

How do you test an applicant's French language competency?

Individuals' proficiency in spoken and written French can be assessed using the French language test.

The timed test assesses individuals on their knowledge of French grammar, their understanding of sentence structure, and reading and listening comprehension. The test gives recruiters a way of practically and cost-effectively determining whether candidates can communicate effectively in French.

Why is knowledge of speaking French important?

Proficiency in speaking French as relevant to the situation and having the ability to read and write documents in French can help you build relationships with clients globally by communicating your ideas and developing professional working relationships.

Knowledge of the language also means you can flex your use of expressions and language to suit business and social situations.

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