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Last modified: October 28, 2022

Seal of Biliteracy

What Is A Seal of Biliteracy?

A “Seal of Biliteracy” means a seal is placed electronically on a student’s high school transcript which certifies that a student is proficient in English and proficient in another language, other than English.

Why Get A Seal of Biliteracy?

This is a way to honor your skills and show your language proficiency to future employers and college admissions offices.

How Do Students Apply For The Seal of Biliteracy?

If you have already met criteria for the Seal of Biliteracy by showing proficiency in English and another world language, you will be notified by your school counselor in the spring. You will be recognized at graduation for receiving this honor with both a seal on your diploma and a notation on your transcript. 

If you have not met the requirements, but are interested in receiving the Seal of Biliteracy, you will need to make an appointment to meet with your school counselor. 

Next, you need to provide documentation of your English proficiency. The state accepts the following tests to show English proficiency: the ACT, SAT, AP English Language & Composition tests, SAGE, WiDA ACCESS, or the Utah Aspire Plus. Check with your counselor to see if your score qualifies.

You will also need to provide documentation of your other world language. The state accepts the following tests to show world language (and ASL) proficiency:  the AP Language and Culture assessment, NEWL, AAPPL, ASLFAI, or a letter from a native Utah (Navajo or Ute) tribal council stating you are proficient in an indiginous language. 

If you would like to take one of these assessments to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy, your counselor can help you determine what test you need to take to qualify.

Seal of Biliteracy – Acceptable Evidence of Proficiency

A student may qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy by demonstrating proficiency in English and by demonstrating proficiency in another language other than English. Proficiency in both languages is determined by meeting proficiency standards in the approved assessments below.

For students whose language cannot be assessed using the assessments above please contact Ron Twitchell

Demonstrating proficiency in English in any of the following during grades 9-12

  • Assessment: SAGE English Assessment 9th-12th grade up to Spring 2018
    • Minimum Score Required: 3
  • Assessment: Utah Aspire PLUS – Grades 9th and 10th 
    • Minimum Score Required: 3
  • Assessment: SAT – Scholastic Assessment Test
    • Minimum Score Required: 650 on English Subtest
  • Assessment: ACT – American College Test – Grades 9th – 12th
    • Minimum Score Required: 18 on the English section
  • Assessment: AP English Language and Composition (not AP English Literature)
    • Minimum Score Required: 3

Demonstrating proficiency in English in any of the following during grades 2-12

  • Assessment: WiDA – World-class Instructional Design and Assessment Proficiency assessment for English Language Learners (ACCESS) 9th-12th grade
    • Minimum Score Required: 5 or 6
  • Assessment: UALPA – Utah Academic Language Proficiency Assessment (valid only in years 2011-2013)
    • Minimum Score Required: 5

Demonstrating Proficiency in Languages other than English during grades 9-12

  • Assessment: AP – Advanced Placement Language and Culture exam
    • Languages offered: Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Spanish
    • Minimum Score: 3, 4, 5
    • Cost: $100
    • Assessment Dates: Taken in AP Class
    • Scheduling: See AP Teacher
  • Assessment: NEWL – National Exams in World Languages
    • Languages offered: Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Korean
    • Minimum Score: 3, 4, 5
    • Cost: $100
    • Assessment Dates: Taken in DLI May 6, 2021
    • Scheduling: See DLI Teacher
  • Assessment: AAPPL – Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages
    • Languages offered: Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Hindi, Italian, Japanese and Thai
    • Minimum Score: Average composite score of I2 on 3 of the 4 components; Speaking; Reading; Listening, Writing
    • Cost: $20*
    • Assessment Dates: March 18 or April 15
    • Scheduling: Seal of Biliteracy- AAPPL Test Registration 2021
  • Assessment: Tribal Language Test
    • Languages offered: Navajo & Ute
    • Minimum Score: A letter from the Navajo or Ute nation is acceptable evidence of proficiency
    • Cost: No cost
    • Assessment Dates: Contact local Tribe Nation
    • Scheduling: Student responsible for scheduling & obtaining a letter
  • Assessment: ASLFAI

*Provo City School District will cover the cost of testing for students who take the AAPPL and ASLFAI assessments.