Cost, Timeline & Assessment for Seal of Biliteracy
Students apply for the Seal of Biliteracy during the an application window set by MBHS and published on the school’s website. The application fee is $25 and covers testing in all 4 areas, as well as administrative costs to school.
Students who wish to pursue the Seal must commit to at least four consecutive levels of study in the same world language during grades 8-12. Years 1A and 1B count as 1 level.
The computerized AAPPL proficiency tests (ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages, https://aappl.actfl.org/) will be administered during the fall semester of level 4. If a student does not pass one or more sections in the fall, s/he may retest in the spring. Exceptions to this timeline may be made on a case by case basis.
The AAPPL Measure is based on proficiency standards set forth by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and it assesses:
- Interpersonal Listening & Speaking
- Presentational Writing
- Interpretive Reading and Listening
Students who earn I4 proficiency in all areas of the AAPPL will be awarded the Seal of Biliteracy on their diploma and transcript .