Bilingual and Multilingual Seals and Certificates
Minnesota has a system that allows students in grades 11 and 12 to be recognized and potentially earn college credit for their proficiency in world languages. These students can earn Bilingual and Multilingual Seals and/or Minnesota World Language Proficiency Certificates by demonstrating the required levels of language proficiency through assessments that test their knowledge and use of languages other than English. The Minnesota Department of Education-approved assessments will test a student's listening, reading, speaking and writing in world languages.
The Bilingual and Multilingual Seals and World Language Certificates are awarded to high school students meeting the required levels of language proficiency upon graduating. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities award the following college credits:
- World Language Proficiency Certificate - 2 semester credits
- Gold Seal - 3 semester credits
- Platinum Seal - 4 semester credits
About the Test
Testing Languages Offered
The District offers assessments in the following languages:
Register for the Test
Students must sign up for the assessment by January 19, 2024 to take the test.
There is no cost to take this test.
After registering, district staff will reach out to students with additional information regarding the day of testing.
- American Sign Language (ASL)
- Chinese (Mandarin)
Assessments for Minnesota World Language Proficiency Certificates and Bilingual/Multilingual Seals will be held at the following dates and locations:
Feb 28, 2024 - Lakeville North High School
Feb 29, 2024 - Lakeville South High School
*Lakeville Online Academy and Lakeville Pathways Academy students can test at either location.
Students must sign up for the assessment by December 31, 2023 to take the test. Click here to Register. There is no cost to take this test.
What to Expect
Most test formats take about 2.5 to 3 hours to complete. During the online test, students will:
- Listen to questions and choose answers
- Read passages and answer questions
- Respond to writing tasks
- Record spoken samples that will be scored remotely.
Test scores are expected to be finalized in mid-June. Students will be informed of their scores by the District and may get a score report in the mail. The District will apply for a certificate on the student's behalf if they have a passing score. A record of a passing test score will be included in the student's transcript.
For More Information
Please go to the Minnesota Bilingual Seals Website.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Minnesota World Language Proficiency Certificate?
Q: What are the Minnesota Bilingual and Multilingual Seals?
Q: What are the benefits of earning a bilingual seal or a proficiency certificate?
Q: What do those levels mean about a student’s communicative ability?
Q: How can I earn a World Language Proficiency Certificate or a Bilingual/Multilingual Seal?
Q: How do I know if I am ready for the test? How do I decide what levels to take?
Q: Can a student repeatedly take an assessment?
Q: What kind of documentation do I receive for the World Language Proficiency Certificate or the Bilingual/Multilingual Seal?
Q: Can I receive college credit for my World Language Proficiency Certificate or Bilingual Seal?
Q: How do I get that college credit?
Q: What is the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU) system?
Q: Who can help me if I have difficulties getting my college credits acknowledged?