World Language Certificate; Bilingual/Multilingual Seal
Minnesota has a system that allows students in grades 10-12 to be recognized and potentially earn college credit for their proficiency in world languages.
- World Language Proficiency Certificate: To earn this certificate, you must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English by taking a language proficiency assessment approved by the Minnesota Department of Education.
- Bilingual and Multilingual Seals: To earn a seal, you must:
- satisfactorily complete all required English Language Arts credits
- demonstrate proficiency in another language through a language proficiency assessment approved by the Minnesota Department of Education.
If you earn a Bilingual (English + one other language) or Multilingual Seal (English + two or more other languages), you may be eligible to receive college credit at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
- June 2015: The Minnesota Bilingual and Multilingual Seals were legislated.
- 2009: The Minnesota World Language Proficiency Certificate was created as an official recognition by the state of Minnesota.
Bilingual Seal Program Lead
Bilingual Seal Program Lead
Assessments & Registration
Our district offers assessments in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Thai. If your language is not listed and you are interested in seeing where you can test, contact one of the program leads listed above.
We offer the AAPPL Measure assessment three times a year, typically in February, May and August.
We also offer the STAMP assessment for students who prefer to complete the writing portion of the assessment by handwriting in the target/heritage language.
Dates for the 2022-23 school year:
- November 5: Registration open from 9/19 - 10/24
- February 3: Registration open from 11/14 - 1/13
- May 18: Registration open from 2/13 - 4/28
To register, go to EPay.
Source: Minnesota Department of Education
Source: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL)
- ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines
- ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners
- ACTFL Proficiency Levels in the Workplace
- AAPPL Measure Practice Tests - the official language assessment of ACTFL
- AAPPL Measure Test Taking Tips
Source: Avant STAMP 4S Assessment
Frequently Asked Questions
- What does proficiency mean?
- How is proficiency assessed?
- How do I decide if I am ready to take a proficiency test? Which test should I take?
- English is not my native language. Can I get a certificate or seal for proficiency in my native langauge?
- Is there a cost for the assessments, certificates or seals?
- What is the difference between testing out of a World Language course and earning a World Language Certificate or Bilingual/Multilingual Seal?
- What kind of documentation do I receive when I earn a certificate or seal?
- How will my transcript reflect my level of achievement?
- Can I receive college credit for earning a certificate or seal?