World Language Competency Credit Program

  • What is the World Language Competency Credit Program?

    The World Language Credit Program is a way for students to earn high school credit(s) for a language they already know.  Students who speak, read, and write a language other than English may earn up to 4.0 World Language credits, the equivalent of four years of classroom-based study.  Meeting credit requirements through language competency testing provides students with greater flexibility to learn a 3rd language, explore other course interests, or simply advance in the learing of the same language, whatever most closely meets a student's post high school plan.

    Students who earn four World Language Competency Credits are also eligible for the Seal of Biliteracy.  Click HERE to learn more about the Seal of Biliteracy.


    Does My College Accept World Language Competency Credits?

    • Most Washington universities accept competency credits for World Language entrance requirements, but be sure to check with the specific schools in which you are interested.
    • Competitive colleges prefer to see actual World Language coursework on a transcript.  Students who earn credits through the World Language Competency Credit program should also have classroom credits.


    Language Competency Testing & Registration

    SVSD students in grades 8-12 will have two opportunities to test in a language.  SVSD will cover the cost of the first assessment for each language in which the student tests. 

    SVSD provides a testing opportunity each winter for which registration takes place in the fall.  Information will be communicated through district E-News and school constant contact.  To sign up for any of these electronic newsletters, click HERE


    Testing Resources

    Click HERE to access:

    • A list of languages and the assessment used by SVSD to assess proficiency
    • Links to practice tests
    • Proficiency levels on Washington state world language competency testing & the number of credits granted
    • Sample assessment benchmarks and rubric guide
    • Comparison of European language assessments to Washington state world language proficiency tests


    Determine If You Qualify

    Bilingual students in grades 8 through 12 qualify for testing.  If you can answer "Yes, I can do this fairly easily" to each statement in a language other than english, then ... (click here to continue)