Seal of Biliteracy

  • Overview

    The Seal of Biliteracy ( is an award given by a school, district, or county office of education in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.  Benefits include: 

    • Increased admissions and scholarship opportunities
    • Higher achievement on college and university language placement tests
    • Motivation to progress further in the study of a new language
    • Validation of heritage languages
    • Clearer description of language proficiency for all stakeholders
    • Positive impact on language instruction at all levels

  • How Do I Achieve the Seal of Biliteracy?

    Seal of Biliteracy eligibility is determined by taking the AAPPL assessment each year during the spring semester. There are two versions of the AAPPL: Form A and Form B. Form A is designed for students in their first years of Spanish learning, while Form B is designed for Spanish students who have studied Spanish a bit longer. Between 2-4 of the language domains will be assessed, depending on which level of Spanish you are currently taking (see below):

    Spanish 1: AAPPL Form A: Reading & Listening

    Spanish 2: AAPPL Form A: Reading, Listening, Speaking, & Writing

    Spanish 3: AAPPL Form B: Reading & Listening

    Spanish 4: AAPPL Form B: Reading, Listening, Speaking, & Writing

    AAPPL scores can range from N1 (Novice Low) to A1 (Advanced Low). To achieve the Seal of Biliteracy, however, you must score I4 (Intermediate High) or greater on all four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing) of Form B. To read more about what these scores mean, please click here.

    You will then receive the Seal of Biliteracy if the following conditions are met:

    • A score of I4 on all four sections of the AAPPL of Form B, not Form A. 
    • A 2.5 cumulative GPA in English classes (it is a seal of biliteracy, after all!)