World Language Competency

Can you read, write, speak and listen fluently in a world language other than English?

  • If you answered yes, then you can earn high school credit by successfully passing a world language competency test in your chosen language.

When will the test be offered in the 2021-22 school year?

  • Information will be published when it becomes available. 

What are the potential benefits of taking this test?

  • You can earn up to 4 high school credits
  • Fulfill your high school world language requirements
  • You may qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy on your high school diploma and transcripts
  • You may meet the world language requirements for college admission
    • Check with colleges you are looking at to make sure you are meeting all admissions requirements.
    • Some colleges may still want to see that you have taken actual world language classes at school.

How many credits can you earn by demonstrating proficiency?

  • You can earn up to 4 credits depending on how you score on the test.  The rating scales for earning credits is as follows:
    • Intermediate High and above: 4 credits
    • Intermediate Low: 3 credits
    • Novice high: 2 credits
    • Novice mid: 1 credit
    • Below novice mid: 0 credits

How are credits awarded?

  • Credits are awarded based on the lowest-scored skill level tested.  It is important that you have strong abilities in all areas of your chosen language (speaking, listening, writing, and reading).  This test is not recommended unless you could consider the chosen language your 1st language.

What should I do if I am interested in taking the test?

  • Talk with your counselor and let them know you are interested.  Discuss if it would make sense for you to take the test. If you decide to participate, please contact the Dean of Students .

What is the cost of the test?

  • Test costs range from $20-$120 depending on the language.  Students pay to participate, though financial assistance is available.

Do you need financial assistance (a scholarship) for fees or fines?

  • Scholarships can provide support with items such as class fees, assessment fees (ex. PSAT, AP exam), sports fees, ASB cards, planners (if in stock), field trips, clothing for class performances (ex. choir dresses), and more.
  • Once a parent or guardian completes the scholarship application it can be turned in to the main office. A parent or guardian could also choose to bring in a copy of their family’s Eligibility Notification Letter, information is only viewed by the student’s administrator or counselor.   Students qualify for partial or full scholarships based on the free and reduced price lunch guidelines, which are related to both income and household size.
  • Scholarship applications need to be submitted annually.
  • Please contact your administrator or counselor with any questions.
  • The Issaquah School District has information about additional resources for families with financial need here.


Can I re-take the test if I don’t do well enough the first time?

    • Yes, you may re-take the test, but you will have to register and pay again.  It is better to make sure you have the proficiency level needed beforehand. 

    What is the seal of biliteracy?

    • If you score at the intermediate high level or above, you can have the seal of biliteracy added to your high school diploma.


    If you have additional questions, speak with your counselor to discuss if this choice is right for you.