Immersion Admissions Test
The Immersion Admissions Test is an online French proficiency test, which measures how well you understand oral and written French. You must pass this test to be admissible to French Immersion Studies.
The test may be taken before or after you apply to uOttawa. We strongly encourage you to take it as soon as possible, preferably while you are still in school and using French on a daily basis.
The test takes no more than 90 minutes and involves listening to audio files, so make sure you are settled in a quiet place and that your computer has speakers or headphones. Before you take the test, we encourage you to spend some time immersing yourself in French: reading French books, watching TV or listening to the radio in French. These are all great ways pour s'intégrer à un milieu francophone, and brush up on your French skills.
After you have completed the test, you will be able to immediately view your results.
You may take a practice test before you take the Immersion Admissions Test. The practice test, found in the uOlangTest system, gives you an opportunity to become familiar with the testing environment and to see the types of tasks you will be asked to complete.
If you hold a DELF B1 Diploma or higher, you do not have to take the Immersion Admissions Test. Please email a scanned copy of both sides of your diploma to immersion@uOttawa.ca, also include your student number if you have one, and your full name.
If you are admissible to French Immersion
Once you have successfully passed the test and have accepted an offer of admission to uOttawa, you will be sent an email prompting you to take the mandatory Immersion Writing and Speaking Assessment. The results of this evaluation will complete your linguistic profile; that is your proficiency level in listening, reading, writing and speaking. Based on your linguistic profile, you will receive course recommendations that will help you to continue develop your French skills.
Please contact immersion@uOttawa.ca if you are unable to access the Immersion Writing and Speaking Assessment.
If you are not admissible to French Immersion
If you do not successfully pass this Immersion Admissions Test, the French Immersion option will be removed from your profile of study. This will not affect your admission to your regular program at uOttawa.
But don't worry! You can still continue learning French by:
- Participating in a program like Explore, in which you adventure to a new region of Canada while learning French,
- Taking French intensive courses during the summer before you come to uOttawa,
- Taking French-as-a-Second-Language courses (FLS) in your first year
You may also retake the Immersion Admissions Test, but you must wait two months between attempts. If you receive the test result required to be admissible before September, you may contact French Immersion to reinstate the French immersion option. You may also take FLS courses in your first year with the goal of registering the following term.
The Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF) is an international standardized test for determining your French proficiency, which many school boards now administer to their students. If you possess a DELF B1 Diploma or higher, you may be exempt from the requirement to pass the Immersion Admissions Test.
To submit your DELF diploma, scan both sides of the document and send it by email to immersion@uOttawa.ca. Be sure to include your student number, if you have one, and your full name.