French Written Proficiency Test

The French written proficiency test presents job candidates with a variety of questions designed to gauge their ability to read, interpret, and summarize written correspondence. Questions range from informal to formal messages received from friends, customers, coworkers, and managers, and require candidates to read and understand the meaning before choosing the most appropriate multiple-choice answer.

Illustrating a range of real-life scenarios, the French proficiency test measures a candidate’s ability to:

  • Understand French vocabulary, grammar, and syntax.
  • Quickly determine the meaning of a message and respond accordingly.
  • Distinguish between tenses and verb conjugations.

element-grad-cap   ABILITIES EVALUATED

  • Ability to understand and summarize meaning in written French.
  • Ability to respond appropriately to requests written in French.

element-grad-cap   QUESTION FORMAT

  • Multiple Choice

element-grad-cap   LANGUAGE

  • English

element-grad-cap   DIFFICULTY

  • Easy


Evaluating French written proficiency is a critical, fundamental step when filling a role that requires an employee to effectively – and confidently – communicate in French. Whether closing international sales deals, traveling abroad, or providing customer support to a native French speaker, employees with strong French reading and comprehension abilities can help grow new markets, build stronger relationships with clients, and bridge communication gaps.

Assessing a job candidate’s skill level will measure their command of the French written language and judge their ability to communicate with peers, colleagues, customers, and clients. Designed to quickly and accurately test a candidate’s proficiency, this French test helps distinguish a potential new hire who can bring added value to an organization.

The French proficiency test evaluates a job candidate’s ability to:

Understand simple and complex written French in text messages, emails, memos, documents, and signs.
Relay messages accurately when communicating with customers, clients, colleagues, and executives.
Address customer concerns appropriately, potentially bringing quick resolve and maintaining high customer satisfaction ratings.

Use this French proficiency test to quickly and easily automate your initial screening process for entry-level or experienced candidates, including interpreters, customer support specialists, sales professionals, travel agents, journalists, flight attendants, or any other positions that require employees to have strong French reading skills.


Sample Question 1
Your job is to respond to customer emails using the release information below.

New phone release information:
Date to be released: 10/14/2017
Price: 654 US dollars
Colors: Black, White, Rose Gold
Memory: 16GB or 32GB options
Battery Life: 12 hours

Mon ami m’a dit qu’il y a un nouveau portable qui sortira bientôt et j’ai hâte de le voir. Quand est-ce que le nouveau modèle sera disponible ? Je voudrais le commander à l’avance.

Which option answers the customer’s question?

A: 14/10/2017
B: 654 US dollars
C: Black, White, Rose Gold
D: 16GB or 32GB options
E: 12 hours

Sample Question 2
You read this sign on the door to a restaurant:

Parlez-nous de votre expérience gastronomique. Appelez au Nº Votre opinion nous intéresse !

Which option best summarizes this message?

A: Call the number to apply for a job as an experienced cook
B: Call the number to give feedback on your meal
C: Call the number to order food for delivery
D: Call the number to report a problem
E: Call the number later to see if they’re accepting job applications


  • Administrative & Customer Support
  • Sales & Retail
  • Travel


The Written French for English Speakers module content was developed by the Indeed Assessment Science Team, with expertise in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Instructional Design, Education, and Graphic Design. In addition, team members worked in collaboration with subject matter experts (SMEs). Indeed’s SMEs are required to demonstrate experience performing at a high level, supervisory experience, or responsibility for defining requirements for those jobs that require French written communication skills.