The International French Olympiad does not require prior qualification unless a student intends to participate in the oldest and linguistically advanced divisions or never took a course in French history or language. However, prior to attending the Olympiad, participants will take a French-language placement test to determine to what extent they can take part in French-language activities. Participants who do not have prior experience with French can take an online course in advance of their week in Quebec City so that they learn basic grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and simple conversation skills.