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 Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are postponing the World Language Competency Credits test at this time.

The nationally normed proficiency tests are used by businesses, government and the military for salary and job placement. They are most appropriate for older adolescents. Our current testing infrastructure is designed to test high school students, so middle school students are asked to wait until the fall of 9th grade to test.

Step 1:
Determine if You’re Eligible

Take the World Language Credit Program Self-Assessment

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.

IMPORTANT: Students cannot have duplicate credits for classes already taken. Before registering, please read the “Conditions of credit approval” (FAQ) that is listed below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take the Test in 8th Grade?

The nationally normed proficiency tests are used by businesses, government and the military for salary and job placement. They are most appropriate for older adolescents. Our current testing infrastructure is designed to test high school students, so middle school students are asked to wait until the fall of 9th grade to test.

How do I study?

The test is based on language proficiency. “what individuals can do with language in terms of speaking, writing, listening, and reading in real-world situations in a spontaneous and non-rehearsed context” – See more at: ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012.

Although it is not possible to study for a language proficiency test in a traditional sense, you can practice the four skills and ask for feedback from educated native speakers in your community.

  • Reading: understanding current events websites and children’s stories
  • Writing: writing email, short informational articles and anecdotes about what you did in the past
  • Speaking: talking about your life as well as current events
  • Listening: podcasts or radio
How can I get credit if I took the test elsewhere?

You will need to submit…

  • Original testing report for Speaking/Listening (STAMP, OPI, ALTA)
  • Original testing report for Reading/Writing (STAMP, WPT, ATLA)
  • Proctoring form completed by the testing proctor
  • Credit request form completed by the tester
How are the Credits Calculated?

The credits are calculated based on highest proficiency level across the skills of reading, writing, and speaking. The student must demonstrate proficiency in all the skills to earn the credits. For the ALTA test the reading/writing are bundled together as is the speaking/listening. To meet these requirements, we use the lowest proficiency level to calculate the scores not an average or sum.

Lowest STAMP Score Lowest ILR Lowest Proficiency Level Credits
1 0 Novice Low 0
2 Novice Mid 1
3 0+ Novice High 2
4 1 Intermediate Low 3
5 Intermediate Mid 4
6 or Higher 1+ or Higher Intermediate High or Higher 4
Do the World Language Competency Credits meet the high school graduation requirements?

If a student earns 2 or more credits they will meet the Washington High School graduation requirements. This will allow them to pursue another language or field of study. If the student speaks Chinese Mandarin, French, Japanese or Spanish, they may also be able to continue their study at higher levels in high school. If your student will enroll in the International Baccalaureate (I.B.) program, you will need to choose at least two languages of study to qualify for the I.B. diploma. Check with the I.B. director at Interlake for details.

Do colleges recognize the competency credits?

Most Washington Universities also accept these credits for entrance requirements. Be sure to check with the universities of interest to your student as soon as possible. More and more universities are also moving to proficiency-based testing for placement and testing.

What are the conditions of credit approval?
  • All approved Competency-based World Language Credits will be posted to the Bellevue School District transcript as credit earned without grades attached to them.
  • The approved Competency-based World Language Credits cannot replace an unsatisfactory (D/F) grade posted on the BSD transcript for an equivalent course. It will be posted in a separate area of the BSD transcript.
  • Students cannot have duplicate credits for classes already taken.
  • After students have received Competency-based World Language Credits for a certain level of a language, they may not take an equivalent or a lower level class in that same language. They must take a higher level.
  • Competency-based World Language Credits may be used to meet World Language graduation requirements.
  • Students who receive 4 credits will also qualify automatically for the Seal of Biliteracy.
  • Students may use approved Competency-based World Language Credits for placement purposes in higher level World Language courses.
How do I pay?

A testing fee will be uploaded to your student’s account five school days prior to your testing date. For online payments visit https://touchbase.bsd405.org/. You can also make your payment at your school’s accounting window.

  • Alta Test: $132
  • STAMP Test: $25
  • STAMP PAPER Test: $30
  • WORLDSPEAK TEST: $50
  • Students on fee waivers: $0