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, 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 .


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