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Final Testing date for 2016-17 school year:
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:00 am at Kent-Meridian High School is now FULL
Please check back for 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:
Take a STAMP Sample Test:

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: 

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:
Practice communicating with others in the target language
For more information, attend an information session or contact
Cynthia Huber 253-373-7090

Speak Your Language Videos
Narine Balayan, KSD Secondary ELL Specialist
Narine Balayan, KSD Secondary ELL Specialist
Speak Your Language Videos Available in the following languages: 
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