Lextale-Fr: A fast, free vocabulary test for French

Lemhöfer and Broersma (2012) published an English vocabulary test which turned out to be very useful in our research on bilingualism and native language processing. Because we wanted to have a similar test for French, we decided to develop one.

Here you can find the text describing the test. Please refer to it as:

  • Brysbaert, M. (2013). LEXTALE_FR: A fast, free, and efficient test to measure language proficiency in French. Psychologica Belgica, 53, 23-37.

Here you can download the test with instructions in various languages:

Here you find the response key to mark the test.

Here you find an excel table to convert the raw scores to percentiles for L1 and L2 speakers. For instance, someone with a score of 8/56 has percentile 0 for L1 speakers (nobody had such a low score) and percentile 59 for L2 speakers (more than half of the L2 test takers had this score or lower). L1 norming is based on 550 first-year students from the Universities of Liège and Louvain-la-Neuve (thanks to Steve Majerus and Arnaud Szmalec for their kind cooperation). The L2 data (289 students in total) mostly come from first-year students Educational Science from Ghent University and the non-native French speakers in Liège and Louvain-la-Neuve, although there were also 40 students from Artesis College (thanks to Katrien Lievois) studying to become French translators. So, only to be used for these comparison groups!

Finally, for those who are interested in the details, there is a file with supplementary information about the items and their validation.

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