The assessment process will proceed on condition that the enrolment for testing form is completed, the latest school report has been supplied and the 150€ testing fee was paid for in full.
The main criterion for admission to the Anglophone Section is successfully passing the entrance test in English. The aim of the test is to assess the linguistic level of all new and returning students to the Section, which should be equivalent to that of an English native or near-native speaker of the same age. Testing applies to all prospective students, even native speakers from anglophone countries.
Our tests reflect the SAT type tests for English used in the English curriculum. We also use externally examined tests (GL assessments). For Primary, successful students will have at least an A2 level in English (CEFR). From 6e upwards, students should be performing at around level B2.
Students will be tested for admission to CP through to Première. No admission testing will be done for Terminale entrance since the OIB programme spans across the last two years of secondary school.
The Anglophone Section programme is a demanding one and we regret that students experiencing serious learning difficulties in their current school system will not normally be admitted to the Section which is not equipped to meet such needs.
Assessment for prospective students in France/Fontainebleau
For local testing, assessment is normally done in March/April of the civil year during which enrolment is requested (i.e. March 2021 for admission in September 2021). The exact dates will be posted on the website calendar. Testing is usually done on two consecutive Wednesday afternoons for Primary and on a Wednesday afternoon for Secondary (collège and lycée). For admission at any other time during the year, assessment can be done by appointment on condition that there is place available in the requested year group in the French school.
Phonic knowledge (letter names and sounds, related to a particular word)
Retell a story from a picture book
Describe a picture in complete sentences
Listen to a story and answer five comprehension questions in complete sentences – not ‘yes’ and ‘no’ answers
The Secondary admissions test has a written and an oral component. Past papers are available for download here. Keep in mind that the format and the structure of the test have evolved significantly and currently consist of a paper with two parts: part 1 (half the marks) a reading test with comprehension questions and textual analysis (writer techniques and effects); part 2 (half the marks) a longer writing task. Following the written paper, students will be interviewed by one of the Section teachers.
Assessment for prospective students living abroad
Remote assessment takes place preferably between January and March. Testing can only be carried out with the help of the school the prospective student currently attends since the test needs to be done in normal testing conditions. The student’s teacher assisting us does not have to be the English language teacher of the student.
Primary: Assessment consists of an online multiple-choice reading and comprehension test, a writing assessment and an interview of 15 minutes via video conference (Skype). For CE1 there is no online test and for CP entrance the oral test only applies. If a school is not equipped for videoconferencing, the interview may exceptionally be done at home.
Secondary: Assessment consists of a written comprehension test and an essay. Videoconference interviews will only be done upon teacher request following the marking of the written test. For students applying for seconde and première, the Lycée may request a Maths and French assessment for those coming from a non-affiliated AEFE school.
Complete details regarding the test will be sent to the teacher whose details were communicated to the Anglophone Section in the Enrolment for Testing form.