Free French On-Line Test 1

http://www.france-langue.com/online-french-test.html

20 Questions, no commitments, no information to enter, free, and the score at the end will give you an estimate of your grammar level. Should take less than 15 minutes. Every time you take the test, the questions change (there are four tests in all), so you can take the test a few more times before seeing the same questions.

I wish the site showed the correct answers at the end of the test. That would be very helpful. This is one of the tests I took. The question with three possible answers to fill in the three-dotted area.

  1. … ça coûte ?   Que    Combien    Comment
  2. Thomas part en vacances … Canada.    au    à    en
  3. Je vis … Irlande depuis deux ans.   au  en    à
  4. Le matin au petit déjeuner, je prends : … café et … jus d’orange.   le/le    du/du    le/du
  5. Je prends aussi … tartines de pain avec … beurre.   des/du    les/le    des/le
  6. Le soir, mon mari et moi … au restaurant. sont allés    êtes allés   sommes allés
  7. Quand il était jeune, il … souvent au théâtre. ira   allait   va
  8. Mon père et moi … d’aller vivre à Paris. avons décidé   êtes décidé   ont décidé
  9. Enfant, Marie … régulièrement retrouver sa grand-mère à la campagne. est partie    partait    part
  10. Est-ce que tu écris régulièrement à tes parents ? Oui, je … écris chaque semaine.    lui     les   leur
  11. Le restaurant … Sophie travaille va bientôt fermer.   où    qui   que
  12. C’est Marie … m’a parlé de toi.    où    dont   qui
  13. La plage … nous sommes allés était très sale.    où   que    dont
  14. Si … riche, je … le tour du monde.    je suis/faisais   je serais/ferai   j’étais/ferais
  15. Si … plus de temps, je … t’aider.      j’aurai/peux      j’avais/pourrais   j’aurais/pourrai
  16. Elle s’étonne que tu …      pars   partiras   partes
  17. Il est injuste qu’il … en prison.     va   allait   aille
  18. Nous devrions tout nettoyer … les invités arrivent. pendant que   avant que   après que
  19. Il restera à l’hôpital … les médecins n’auront pas terminé les analyses.     tant que        jusqu’à ce que       dès que
  20. “Je me suis réveillée de mauvaise humeur” : Elle m’a dit qu’elle … de mauvaise humeur.   se serait réveillée   avait été réveillée     s’était réveillée

How did you do? Comment below. I scored 70, to place me in “B2” territory which isn’t too shabby considering I’m self-taught and on day 324 of my journey. Each question is worth five points, so I missed six. When I took the test again, after looking up some unknowns, I scored an 85%. The answers I used are below. Three are not correct. Which three?

My Answers:

1. Combien, How much/many (Combien) does that cost?
2. au, Canada is masculine, so “au” is used. If the country is feminine, “en” is used. Most countries that end in a soft “e” are feminine, i.e. France.
3. en, If the country is feminine, “en” is used. Most countries that end in a soft “e” are feminine, i.e. Irlande.
4. du/du, If you use “le café”, you mean all the coffee, i.e. J’adore le café. If you have some coffee, you use “de + le” = “du” for the masculine coffee. Juice is also masculine and we are having “some”.
5. des/du, Tartines is plural, so “les”. Since we are having some it becomes “des”. Beurre is masculine and “some” is being taken, therefore “du”.
6. sommes allés, This evening indicates Passé composé , êtes allés is the familiar or plural “you”, sommes allés is “we” and correct, and sont allés is “they”.
7. allait, Past tense is indicated, so the form of “to go” needed is “he went”, “ira” is future, “va” is present, “allait” is past imperfect.
8. avons décidé, ”We decided” is needed here, ”ont” is they, “êtes” is vous, and “avons” is nous (we) .
9. partait, Régulièrement indicates an on-going action (regularly), so the tense is past imperfect, “partait” is the past imperfect (was leaving).
10. leur, Here we need a plural indirect object, leur. Lui is him/her/it, and leur is them when following the “a”. Les is a direct object.
11. où, The restaurant where Sophie works will soon close.
12. qui, It is Mary who told me about you.
13. que, The beach which we went to was very dirty.
14. serais/ferai, Present conditional tense of “to be” is je serais, and then the future tense of faire – je ferai.
15. j’aurais/pourrai, Present conditional tense of ‘to have’ is j’aurais, then future tense of ‘pouvoir’ is je pourrai.
16. partes, She was surprised that you…will leave (partiras)? Present tense (pars)? Or is it subjunctive because of “que” and the present subjunctive is partes.
17. aille, It is not right that he goes to prison, looks like subjunctive again, il aille. Va is present, allait is imperfect
18. avant que, We should clean up before the guests arrive (avant) not after (après), or as the guests arrive (pendant).
19. tant que, He will remain in hospital ___ doctors will not have completed the analyzes, not until (jusqu’à ce) or as soon as (dès que)…so tant que (as long as) seems the most logical.
20. s’était réveillée, Se serait réveillée is future tense, avait été is past, s’était réveillée is also past but is reflexive and appears correct.

If you like tests like this, then you will also like:

http://french.about.com/od/tests/

http://www.3ponts.edu/basic-french-test

http://www.3ponts.edu/advanced-french-1

http://www.transparent.com/learn-french/proficiency-test.html

The tests on these sites show the answers after grading. An even better site, is one that is free (at first):

https://www.french-test.com/

It allows you to have 10 free tests. After you run out of free tests, you can pay a monthly, annual or biannual fee ranging from $10-$16/month depending on length. I like the site, and especially the concept, so if I was attempting to pass a language test for professional reasons, I’d go for a month or so and test like crazy every day.

After the first assessment test, it ranks you A1 through….and after each test, it gives you a study plan on what to work on, and the notes to study. This is something I have wanted to have since I do not learn in a school setting where a teacher can gage my progress based on tests, classroom performance, etc. I’ve always avoided getting bogged down with verb conjugation, like Benny Lewis and the others preach, but now I have a huge vocabulary, a developing ear, and very weak grammar skills. I would like to test out at a higher CEF:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages

level group level group name level level name description
A Basic User A1 Breakthrough or beginner
  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
  • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
A2 Way stage or elementary
  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
B Independent User B1 Threshold or intermediate
  • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2 Vantage or upper intermediate
  • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization.
  • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
C Proficient User C1 Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced
  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning.
  • Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
C2 Mastery or proficiency
  • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
  • Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
  • Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.