Many school districts in Washington now recognize the value of preparing students to be global citizens with the skills to communicate in English and other world languages. The World Language Credit Program is a way to earn high school credit for a language you already know.
Take a moment to think about your current language skills in the language that you wish to be tested in (not English). If you can answer “Yes, I can do this fairly easily” to each statement, then you will probably be able to earn at least 1-2 credits when you take the language test. 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]
Different languages use different tests. Find your language, then you’ll see which test(s) you need to sign up for.
Select your Language
Learn more about the tests:
Once you know which test(s) you need to take, then find a date and location that will work for you.
- If your language is not listed, then type it in under Select one language for assessment "Other."
- If you don’t see a date or location for the test(s) for your language, then just register for “Date to be determined.”
Students in the Road Map districts of Auburn, Kent, or Tukwila:
After you complete the test(s) for your language, OSPI will receive your test results within a few weeks. We will create a certificate of recognition signed by OSPI and the State Board of Education, with a cover letter indicating proficiency levels attained in the tested language and high school credit equivalencies based on the recommendations in the state’s Model Procedure for competency-based credits. Usually, we send the student packet with the certificate to your school counselor so you can receive it at school.
Talk to your school counselors to arrange to add the credits to your high school transcript. (If they have questions about how about to do that, tell them to see World Language Credit Transcripts.)
World Language Credit Brochures (PDF):