World Language Proficiency Testing

The World Language Credit Program is a way to earn high school credit for a language you already know. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Determine if You’re Eligible

Take a moment to think about your current language skills in the language that you wish to be tested in (not English). If you can answer “Yes, I can do this fairly easily” to each statement, then you will probably be able to earn at least 1-2 credits when you take the language test. If you can answer “Yes, I can do this very easily” to all of the statements, then you may be able to earn 3-4 credits when you get tested.

  • Listening: I can understand ideas on familiar topics expressed through phrases, short sentences and frequently used expressions
  • Reading: I can understand the main idea and some details in simple texts that contain familiar vocabulary
  • Person-to-Person Communication: I can exchange information with another person about familiar tasks, topics and activities
  • Spoken Production: I can use a series of phrases and sentences to provide basic information about familiar topics
  • Writing: I can write simple descriptions and short messages and request or provide information on familiar topics

Step 2: Apply and Register for a Testing Date

Visit the World Language Competency Credits page to apply and register.

Step 3: Pay the Testing Fee

Pay your school’s accountant (see the directions while registering) or request a fee waiver with your counselor. Cost varies per language and range between $130 – $220.

Step 4: Take the Test

Come to the testing site by 1:15 p.m. on the Wednesday of the test. If you need help with transportation contact your counselor.

Step 5: Get the Results

After the results are processed, you will receive the testing results with the official rating and up to 4 credits.

Step 6: Continue to Increase your Literacy

Continue to read, write and converse in your language. Increasing your literacy in one language supports the other.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.