• World Language Certificate and Bilingual/Multilingual Seal

    Minnesota has a system to reward students for proficiency in one or more languages. Students will have a notation entered on their transcript to reflect proficiency in multiple languages and college credit can be earned by students in grades 10, 11 and 12. Anoka-Hennepin students may qualify, starting with the Class of 2019.

    The Minnesota Department of Education provides support to Anoka-Hennepin regarding the world languages program. A frequently asked questions document includes basic information for students interested in pursuing the certificate and/or seal.

    Two programs are in place for students:

    • World Language Proficiency Certificate: To earn this certificate, students must demonstrate reading, writing, listening and speaking proficiency in a language other than English by taking a language proficiency assessment approved by the Minnesota Department of Education.

    • Bilingual and Multilingual Seals: To earn a seal, students must satisfactorily complete all required English Language Arts credits and demonstrate proficiency in another language through a language proficiency assessment approved by the Minnesota Department of Education. A notation indicating the seal earned will appear on the student’s transcript.

    Earning Minnesota State college credit: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State) will award free college semester credits to graduating high school students who receive bilingual and multilingual seals and world language proficiency certificates. Students must request the college semester credits within three academic years of graduation from high school and upon enrollment in our Minnesota State colleges and universities.

    Legislation: The Minnesota Bilingual and Multilingual Seals were approved in state statutes in 2015. The Minnesota World Language Proficiency Certificate was created as an official recognition by the state of Minnesota in 2009.

    Languages that qualify: Anoka-Hennepin offers assessments in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Oromo, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese. Testing for other languages may be available by contacting the program coordinator.


  • For the most up to date information regarding how to register for a test, tips for preparing for the exams, and additional information about the Minnesota Bilingual Seal, be sure to check this page on a regular basis. 

    Lynnae Bina
    Program Coordinator
    Tracy Ward
    World Language TaLS
    Mandy Erlandson
    ELL TaLS