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    Testing dates for 2017-18 school year:
    Saturday, October 21st, 10am at Kent-Meridian High School
    Saturday, December 9, 10am at Kentwood High School
    Saturday, February 3rd, 10am at Kent-Meridian High School
    Saturday, March 31st, 10am at Kent-Meridian High School
    Please check back for more testing dates in the 2017-2018 school year

      **Students must read, write, speak and understand the target language at the Novice Mid level or above to earn credit.  Partial credit is not available for speaking only.

     Cost:  Free to KSD 8-12th grade students!
    More about the Assessments (Test) and High School Credits:
    STAMP Test in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, or Spanish
    The STAMP test (Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency) is an online assessment that tests Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening skills in a variety of languages. The test is not timed, but typically takes about 1-3 hours. The instructions are in English. (If you are not sure about your English reading skills, be sure to take the Practice Test.) Based on the proficiency level you demonstrate, you may be able to earn from 1-4 world language high school credits. These credits will help you meet college admissions requirements

    How students can prepare...
    Read the STAMP Test Taker Guide: http://avantassessment.com/stamp4s.html
    Take a STAMP Sample Test: https://stamp4ssample.avantassessment.com/stamp4spractice/do/login

    ALTA Test in various languages
    The ALTA Writing Assessment is a hand-written test with several “prompts” (or questions) for you to write about. Write as much as you can in connected paragraphs. It is OK to make a few grammar mistakes.  The ALTA Writing Assessment takes 90 minutes.

    After the writing test, you need to take the ALTA Listening Assessment.  The Listening Assessment is an interview by telephone with a native speaker, which will be scheduled at your school after we receive writing scores. Learn more at: http://www.altalang.com/language-testing/speakinglisten/ 



    WPT, Proctored Writing Test, AAPL OPI and OPIc for less common languages
    The WPT and Proctored Writing tasks are English prompts for which the student provides hand-written response in the target language.  The responses are evaluated to determine whether they demonstrate proficiency at a sufficient level to recommend 1, 2, 3, or 4 credits (i.e. at least Novice Mid, at least Novice High, at least Intermediate Low, or at least Intermediate Mid) -- but not higher than that because the evaluators for these less commonly taught/tested languages have not been formally trained to provide a precise proficiency rating.
    The OPIc is a computer-assisted oral assessment in which the student interacts orally with an avatar to have a conversation in the target language.  The interaction is scored based on word usage and sentence structure.
    The OPI is a structured phone conversation with a speaker of the target language.  The interaction is scored based on word usage and sentence structure.
    How students can prepare...
    The tasks are also similar to what we use in LinguaFolio Online. There are example writing tasks available to download at: https://sites.google.com/site/worldlanguagecredits/linguafolio
    Practice communicating with others in the target language
    For more information, attend an information session or contact
    Cynthia Huber 253-373-7090 cynthia.huber@kent.k12.wa.us

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