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? Register for the World Language Competency Test at your school! 

Contact Us

  • Teaching for Learning

    Educational Service Center

    33330 8th Avenue South

    Federal Way, WA 98003

    253-945-2002