Date Approved


Date Posted


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

World Languages

First Advisor

Genevieve Peden

Second Advisor

Motoko Tabuse


As a general rule, It is claimed that the four years of foreign language courses taken In high school are equivalent to the first four semesters of foreign courses taken at the university level. In fact, most universities grant college credit for scoring well on the foreign language Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams taken by students following the completion of thelr study of a foreign language In high school. This claim prompts an exploration of proficiency levels achieved by students studying French at the secondary and post-secondary levels through evaluations of the French AP, 18, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC), and Praxis curricula guidelines, exams, and score descriptions. The proficiency levels are based on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) guidelines.