World Language Competency-Based Testing

General Information

  • Who is eligible: Any student in grades 9-12 who has obtained language skills outside of the classroom

    Which language can I test in: Any language that you can speak, listen, read and write in!

    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?

    Step 1: Register for the test by following the link on the FWPS website. Enter the language you will be testing in. Please only register to take the test at your campus.

    Step 2: Attend testing at your school on the scheduled date; please arrive at 7:30am.If you arrive late, you may not be able to take the test that day.

    Step 3: See below for the Spring testing schedule to see when your school is testing.

    • 7:30am, March 26 - Decatur High School, in the library
    • 7:30am, March 28 - Federal Way High School, in the library
    • 7:30am, March 29 - Thomas Jefferson High School, in the library
    • 7:30am, April 3 - Todd Beamer High School, in the library

     

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