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Competency Credits for Students

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

"Our goal is to develop a system that supports any bilingual student to receive world language credits by demonstrating language proficiency. In order to increase student access, OSPI has established a process to empower and engage school districts to set up competency testing for their bilingual students and support third party agencies and non-profit organizations to offer testing in their communities."

World Language and Bilingual Students

If you can answer "Yes, I can do this fairly easily" to each statement in a language other than English, then you will probably be able to earn at least 1-2 credits. 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.

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

American Sign Language Students

  • I can respond to simple, direct questions or requests for information by demonstrating limited communicative exchanges with short phrases on memorized topics limited to everyday survival needs; e.g., work, school, pets, and hobbies. Comprehension requires considerable repetition and/or rephrasing, and slow simplified communication with extra linguistic support.
  • I can manage a number of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straight forward, practical situations using concrete exchanges and predictable topics. Comprehension requires frequent repetition. Misunderstandings may still occur.
  • I can express personal meaning by combining and re-combining what I know and what I receive from the interviewer. I can create short statements and discrete sentences. I can generally be understood by the interviewer who is accustomed to dealing with non-native language users. Comprehension limitations are evident due to the need for frequent repetition or rephrasing of questions on both familiar and unfamiliar topics.

Different languages use different tests. Find your language under "Language List" and contact your school counselor for more information on testing options.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact your school district:

  • Counselor
  • Director of Curriculum
  • Director of Student Services
  • ELL Director
  • Superintendent

  • World Language and Bilingual students: These tests measure your proficiency: what you can do with the language (not what you know about the language, such as grammar facts or vocabulary definitions). You'll be asked to speak and write about different topics to see whether your proficiency level is more at the Novice level, Intermediate level, or Advanced level. You can find examples in English and some other languages in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012.
  • ASL Students: These tests measure your proficiency; what you can do in the language. Reference how to prepare for the ASLPI.

Sample World Language Tests:

For more information about proficiency tests:

Talk to your school counselors to arrange to add the credits to your high school transcript. (If they have questions about how to do that, tell them to see World Language Credit Transcripts.)

If I am not satisfied with my results, can I retest? If so, how soon?

Yes, you can retest. However, if your district financially supported your testing the first time, they may expect you and your family to pay for the retest. Deciding how soon to retest depends on your situation and when the next test dates are available.