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Business French Exit Test


Everyone enrolled in the BBA or BMgt programs must pass the HECFRAN test to graduate. Read the Exemption section below for information about an equivalency.

The HECFRAN test requires students to produce a briefing note on a computer that provides an accurate, well-balanced representation of the ideas and arguments developed in a press kit. Passing the test is proof of your proficiency in French and your ability to write at a professional level, a skill that serve you well with your current or future employer.

The test lasts 3 hours and takes place in the Assignments section in ZoneCours.

You should allot about 1 hour should to reading the press kit and taking notes, 1 hour and 15 min. to writing the briefing note and 45 min. to revising the text.

On the day of the test, you will have access to a document of a few pages providing:

  • the topic of the press kit to summarize
  • the scenario with general writing instructions and a summary of the characteristics of a briefing note
  • a press kit of approximately 4,000 words (articles on the topic of management, the economy or business).

You will write the briefing note in a Word document.


To find the test schedule:

  1. Go to HEC en ligne. Click on “Manage Classes”.
  2. Click on “Class Search and Enroll”.
  3. Choose the desired term.
  4. Enter “HECFRAN” in the search box.
  5. Click on the test session you found.
    • The “Enrollment Information” tab shows you the test registration deadlines.

To register:

  1. Click on the arrow to the right of the test you found.
    • This indicates the test is open.
    • If the arrow is missing, you can’t add the test to your shopping cart or register for it.
  2. Follow the steps displayed on the screen.
    • Note that if your enrollment period isn’t open, but your shopping cart is available, the test will be directly added to your cart. You will still need to complete the registration procedure for the test.
  3. Make sure the confirmation message is displayed on the screen.


The following tools will help you prepare for the test:


The Business Language Training Centre (Centre de formation en langues des affaires, CFLA) has developed self-study material for university and professional writing to help you write with confidence and professionalism. The interactive modules and demonstrations in this self-study may be helpful in preparing for your test.


You are also entitled to four one-on-one meetings with a CFLA tutor. During these meetings, you will receive tailored support for structuring a text, paraphrasing an authors’ ideas or polishing your grammar. Sign up for one-on-one tutoring.


You may use printed or online reference works to write a high-quality text. We suggest you use correction software such as Antidote. To use Antidote to best advantage, you may review the online capsule or sign up for a a workshop offered by CFLA. Correction freeware is available, but it doesn’t perform as well as Antidote. Here are some examples: https://bonpatron.com/ and https://www.scribens.fr/


Your results will be posted on HEC en ligne > Test results five to eight weeks after the test date.

The passing grade for the HECFRAN test is 60%. If you pass, an “ES” (for Exigences satisfaites, or requirements met) will appear on your transcript. If you fail the test, you will be required to take the three-credit course Techniques de rédaction universitaire et professionnelle (academic and professional writing techniques) and receive a passing grade in order to graduate.


Register for the course Techniques de rédaction universitaire et professionnelle. If you receive a passing grade in this course, you will meet the language requirements and be exempted from taking the HECFRAN test.

Program BBA and BMgt
Fees $49.94

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