Following official information received yesterday pertaining to the Plan Vigipirate, applicable to all governmental and non-governmental institutions with a link to France, the  Alliance Francaise of Washington DC reserves the right to ask first-time visitors for their government-issue ID when they enter the building.

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding. This procedure is temporary but will remain in place until further notice.

Adult Placement Tests

We recommend reading through the registration steps before completing a placement test. 

Please note French complete beginners do not need to complete a test. There is one placement test for all other levels. Answer as many questions as you can! The test is available whenever you would like to take it. Once you have finished the online test, we will contact you to conduct a brief oral exam over the phone. 

Take Online Placement Test

Alternatively, you can download AFDC's Adult Placement Test (PDF) and email the completed form to

Unfortunately, we will not be able to hold our signature Placement Test Night in person. However, we invite you to join us for a free online trial class. This class is designed for those who have never taken a class with us before and have not had their level assesed by us. Please see below for descriptions of our levels. You can register for a trial class by clicking the button below.


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.

Register for an A1 Zoom Trial Class


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.

Register for an A2 Zoom Trial Class


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 whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.  Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Register for a B1 Zoom Trial Class


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.

Register for a B2 Zoom Trial Class


Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself 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.

Register for a C1 Zoom Trial Class

If you have any questions, please contact our Academic Director at .

For children's placement tests, please review children's registration steps.