Qualifying Tests & Requirements

To receive the Global Seal of Biliteracy, candidates or their representative schools or institutions must submit qualifying test scores as evidence of their language skills in two or more languages. The following chart depicts which tests and what scores have been approved to qualify candidates for the Global Seal.

WORLD LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT
Can be candidate’s first/heritage or second language
INAUGURAL ASSESSMENTS FUNCTIONAL FLUENCY AWARD WORKING FLUENCY AWARD COMMENTS
Avant STAMP 4S Intermediate - Mid Advanced - Low STAMP 4S is currently accepted by 30 states
Avant WorldSpeak Intermediate - Mid Advanced - Low WorldSpeak provides accessibility to Less Commonly Taught Languages measuring Speaking and Writing
College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Exam 3 5 AP is the test most commonly accepted by state Seal programs
International Baccalaureate (Higher Level) 4 6 IB test is accepted by many states (Higher level only)
Language Testing International AAPPL Form B I4
(Intermediate - Mid)
Advanced - Low AAPPL is currently accepted by 30 states. I4 is required IM score by many states (AAPPL I-M range: I2, I3, I4)
Language Testing International ALIRA (Latin) Intermediate - Mid Advanced - Low All four skills not required
Language Testing International OPI or OPIc and WPT Intermediate - Mid Advanced - Low OPI or OPIc/WPT provides accessibility to Less Commonly Taught Languages
ENGLISH REQUIREMENT
Global Seal candidates in the U.S. must MEET both World Language and English qualifying criteria
INAUGURAL ASSESSMENTS FUNCTIONAL FLUENCY AWARD WORKING FLUENCY AWARD COMMENTS
Avant STAMP 4S in English Intermediate - Mid Advanced - Low Alternative to meeting state English requirements
Language Testing International AAPPL Form B in English I4
(Intermediate - Mid)
Advanced - Low Alternative to meeting state English requirements
Fulfilled Candidate’s state Seal English requirements X X If a candidate did/does not meet their state requirements, testing can qualify for the Global Seal. If state Seal English requirement is a state test from which a private school is excluded, use non-Seal state criteria below.
Fulfill English graduation requirements in non-Seal states X X If a candidate did/does not meet their state requirements, testing can qualify for the Global Seal.
 

how these tests were approved?

The Global Seal of Biliteracy’s Board of Advisors is responsible for approving tests to be used to determine a candidate’s level of language proficiency.  Guiding Principles were created with expanding access to credentialing as a primary goal.  The evaluation of available tests is ongoing with the first group of tests representing those most widely accepted by state Seal programs.  To qualify as an accepted language assessment, the assessment must conform to the following Guiding Principles*

1. Externally validated (not developed or scored at the local/state level)

2. Assesses all 4 basic skills -- Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing*

3.  Results aligned with or correlated to the ACTFL Proficiency Scale.

*Exceptions made for languages such as Latin or ASL where a component may not be assessed or for Less Commonly Taught Languages where tests in all 4 skills may not be available or are cost prohibitive.