French Language Test

French language tests are designed to evaluate an individual's French proficiency level.

  • What is a French language test?

    A French language test assesses a test-taker's proficiency level in reading and writing French. A test will typically cover topics such as comprehension, grammar, sentence composition and language used in a professional working environment.

    The test will include language relating to a variety of contexts, such as business scenarios, formal and informal language, and precise translation.

    Those who do well at the test demonstrate the potential to understand non-complex professional copy (such as emails or reports) and communicate their ideas in French at an intermediate level with colleagues or clients.

About the French Language Test

French is spoken in approximately 29 different countries and by more than 270 million people around the world – it is the fifth-most spoken language. French is considered an important business language and the ability to speak French on the international job market is crucial.

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  • Why should you use a French language test for recruiting?

    It can be difficult for a recruiter or hiring manager who doesn't speak French to assess others' fluency in it. On the other hand, someone who does speak French fluently might struggle to assess what level of French an applicant can understand and speak.

    An applicant may state on their CV that they have intermediate fluency in French – but what does that mean, and how can you measure their abilities?

    A French language test solves that problem, and can be easily sent to a large pool of potential hires to provide comparative data.

    The test evaluates their ability and understanding of basic grammar, reading comprehension, and formal idioms. A recruiter can then see which of the applicants has the highest level of fluency in French overall.

    Those who best meet the French language requirement can then be moved to the next stage, with the applicants who didn't possess the required level eliminated. This makes for a much more efficient hiring process, saving the need to interview numerous candidates in French by phone or face-to-face.

    Job roles for which French proficiency might be a prerequisite include:

    • Pilots and flight attendants
    • Foreign language teachers
    • School teachers
    • News analysts, reporters and journalists
    • Writers and authors
    • Interpreters and translators
    • Cooks
    • Tour guides and escorts
    • Travel guides
    • Information clerks

    Being able to speak French could also be helpful for any business with operations and clients from French-speaking countries.

Sample French Language Test question

Hier je ____ au supermarché.

  • suis allé

  • vais aller

  • vais

  • j’ai allé

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Results for the French Language Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report. The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

How our test assesses French language skills

In Picked's French language test, candidates will need to answer a range of questions covering grammar, spelling, vocabulary, common phrases, and reading comprehension. With a varying degree of difficulty around the B2 level of the Common European Framework, the test questions are designed to indicate how well a candidate comprehends French.

The test avoids requiring any irrelevant knowledge from the candidate aside from language proficiency; thus it is general enough to be used for any job requiring French. All questions are multiple-choice: a format familiar to most candidates that allows for immediate, objective scoring.

The response options aside from the correct answer, called distractors, are mostly common mistakes or misconceptions, which enhances the question's ability to accurately measure a candidate's proficiency.

During the development process, this test was rigorously analysed to maximise reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. It was written, examined and revised by French language and psychometric experts, and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants.

In other words, this test empirically demonstrates consistency and measures language proficiency as intended. Raw scores are provided for each candidate to indicate how they perform relative to one another.

Regarding the candidate's experience, this test has been reviewed by a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues. This ensures each candidate has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of French proficiency and feels the test is reasonable.

This test is also monitored on an ongoing basis to optimise performance and is analysed regularly for fairness issues.


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French Language Test expert

Written by a French Language Test expert

Adrien Pohle is a French native speaker with several years of experience in teaching French. He has taught learners of all ages and levels in different countries, including England, Russia and Brazil. He is passionate about helping learners achieve language proficiency and boost their career prospects.

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Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain

French Language Test FAQs

What are the different levels of a French language proficiency test?

The CEFR organises language proficiency in six levels (A1 to C2). Proficiency might be indicated via experience such as:

  • Communicating efficiently in a French-speaking environment
  • Working with French-language content
  • Assisting people communicating in different languages
How do you prove proficiency in French?

By taking a language test, candidates can demonstrate to a potential employer or educational institution at what level their current competency in French lies. This will often be broken down by categories such as reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Possession of a French language certificate such as DELF or TCF at B2 level would indicate proficiency in this skill, as well as years of experience studying or working abroad in a French-speaking country.

What is the cost for Picked's French language test?

We believe in simple, transparent pricing. We operate monthly and annual subscriptions so you can pick the perfect plan for you. Don't worry if you're not sure: you can always upgrade or downgrade later, or speak to us to discuss the option of a custom made plan to fit your needs. This is all you ever pay – no set-up or hidden fees.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, sign up (no credit card required) and we'll give you a 7 day trial completely free. You'll get unlimited access to create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you like. You can cancel any time and you won't be charged anything.

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