French SAT Subject Test

The subject test is available in two formats: French and French with Listening.

The French SAT Subject Test is available in two formats: French and French with Listening.
Both tests assess your ability to read and comprehend written French, but the latter also includes a listening comprehension section.
The basic French exam contains 85 multiple-choice questions. French with Listening contains 20 minutes of listening questions and 40 minutes of reading comprehension questions. As with all SAT subject tests, you are given one hour for completion.

Differences Between the French SAT Subject Tests

The basic French exam gauges your understanding of vocabulary in structure and context. French with Listening does the same, but also utilizes illustrations and recorded dialogue. The French used on these exams is authentic and general. Slang does not appear, nor do words indigenous to only one country.
Some information you should note: the basic French exam is usually administered five times a year; French with Listening is only administered in November. You must furnish your own CD player and headphones for French with Listening.
It is recommended that you have at least two years of strong French preparation before registering for either test.

How is Each Test Scored? How Should I Prepare?

Each French SAT subject test receives a score between 200 and 800. In 2011, the average (mean) score for French was 622, while French with Listening was 646.
In addition to regular French practice, it’s important to implement a solid SAT preparation strategy.
Focused study means a better score – true in any language.

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