World Language Proficiency Credit Assessments (grades 9-12)

  • Mercer Island School District offers the opportunity for students who are fluent in a language other than English to be able to test for possible high school credit. Please review the information below to determine if your child is eligible. 
    Testing language options:
    • Arabic
    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Hebrew
    • Hindi
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Mandarin Chinese (simplified and traditional)
    • Polish
    • Portuguese (Brazilian)
    • Russian
    • Spanish
    Step 1: Determine if you're eligible
    Is the student in 9th grade or higher? If not, please wait until your child enters high school before nominating for this test.
    If you can answer "Yes, I can do this fairly easily" to all of the statements in a language other than English, then you will probably be able to earn at least 1-2 credits. 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.
    • Listening- I can understand ideas on familiar topics expressed through phrases, short sentences, and frequently used expressions.
    • Reading- I can understand the main idea and some details in simple texts that contain familiar vocabulary.
    • Person to Person Communication- I can exchange information with another person about familiar tasks, topics, and activities.
    • Spoken Production- I can use a series of phrases and sentences to provide basic information about familiar topics.
    • Writing- I can write simple descriptions and short messages and request or provide information on familiar topics. 
    Step 2: Register for the assessment
    If you believe that you will be able to pass with a degree of proficiency that will equate to credit, please register for the assessment by April 20, 2020. We will offer testing in early May via an online testing platform that students can complete at home. Students will be able to schedule a specific time that works for them. 
    Step 3: Pay for the assessment 
    The cost of these assessments is incurred by the family. Please follow the directions at the end of the registration page to complete your payment or click here. If you have not paid by the end of the registration window, the student will be unable to test.  
    Cost: $40 per test 
    Step 4: Take the assessment
    In late April/early May students will receive an email with instructions for setting up and scheduling the assessment at home. 
    Step 5: Receive the results
    After the results are processed, you will be notified of these results and you will receive a ranking that may range from 0-4 credits.