World Language Competency-Based Testing
Who is eligible:
- In the fall, any student in grades 9-12 who has obtained language skills outside of the classroom
- In the spring, any student in grades 8-12 who has obtained language skills outside of the classroom
Which language can I test in: Many (not all) languages are available. You will need to know how to speak, listen, read and write in your selected language. Please see your assessment coordinator for the list of available languages.
What can I earn: Up to 4 World Language credits plus eligibility for the Seal of Biliteracy.
What if I already have WL credits from a class: Students who are taking a class can receive additional credits by taking the competency-based test but cannot exceed 4 total credits in the same language.
- Example #1: You earn 2 credits in high school Spanish. Then you take the STAMP test in Spanish and earn 3 credits, the equivalent to 3 years of seat-time. On your transcript, it will show the additional Spanish credit for a total of 3 credits in Spanish.
- Example #2: You earn 2 credits in high school Spanish. Then you take the World Language competency test in Korean and you earn 3 credits. Your transcript will show 2 credits in Spanish and 3 credits in Korean.
What other benefits are there: Seniors in the 4th year or beyond in a language may take these tests to show eligibility for the Seal of Biliteracy. See page 2 for more details.
Is there a cost: These tests are free to Federal Way Students taking the test for the first time. Bring your photo ID.
How do I begin? Register for the World Language Competency Test at your school!
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