World Language Certificate and Bilingual and Multilingual Seal Overview

  • Minnesota World Language Certificate Minnesota Gold Bilingual Seal Minnesota Platinum Bilingual Seal

    STUDENTS: The March Bilingual Seal assessment dates were impacted by weather related school closures. Kristi Kalmoe-Smith will be reaching out to affected students to reschedule exams. Please check your email and reply as soon as you are able.

    Registration for the May Bilingual Seal test dates will be open from April 1, 2024 - April 30, 2024. Students can enroll to take the Bilingual Seal Assessment HERE. May test dates are Tuesday, May 14th and/or Thursday, May 16th at 3:00pm. A special Saturday test date has been added at Anoka High School on May 11th at 10:00am. Any student may register to test on this date regardless of whether they attend Anoka High school, however, students must provide their own transportation to and from school. Tests can take from between 1-3 hours to complete and students will only need to test on one of the test dates. Activity buses will be available at each of the traditional high schools departing at 5:15pm. Families should plan back-up transportation should the exam take a student longer than 2 hours.

    Students will need to bring their chromebook or a personal computer and headphones to the exam. School sites will have a limited number of headphone sets available on a first come, first serve basis.

    Cost: Students taking the AAPPL Bilingual Seal Exams (Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish) will incur a testing fee of $30.00 ($10.00 for students on free and reduced lunch.)

    For the 2023-2024 School Year the State of Minnesota received a grant from the Securian Financial Foundation to cover the cost of Extempore exams for the following languages: Amharic, Dakota/Lakota, Hmong, Karen, Ojibwe, Oromo, Somali, Vietnamese. There will be no cost to take the Bilingual Seal for these languages this school year.

    Hybrid Format Exams are available in: Swahili, Ukrainian, Tamil, Dari, and Pashto. These tests will incur a fee of $30.00 ($10.00 for students on free and reduced lunch.)

    Exams can be paid for through the Parent Vue, School Pay application on the parent's Anoka-Hennepin Lock and Key.

    The Minnesota World Language Proficiency Certificate and Bilingual and Multilingual Seals were created by the state of Minnesota as an official recognition of proficiency in a language in addition to English. Students who prove their proficiency, either through study or as native speakers, will have a notation entered on their high school transcript to reflect their functional abilities in the language. Additionally, college credit can be awarded to students who attend or transfer to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and select other postsecondary institutions within three years of graduation from the Anoka-Hennepin school district. *Note: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities award college credit only when the test was taken in grades 10, 11, or 12. Therefore; it is NOT recommended to take an assessment in 9th grade if the goal is to obtain college credit.  

    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.


Types of awards

  • World Language Proficiency Certificate

  • Bilingual and Multilingual Seals

What is proficiency?

  • Proficiency, Explained

  • What level of proficiency do I need to earn a World Language Certificate?

  • What level of proficiency do I need for a Gold Bilingual Seal?

  • What level of proficiency do I need for a Platinum Bilingual Seal?


  • What tests are accepted by the Minnesota Department of Education?

  • When is the next test date?

  • How do I register to test?

Languages currently available

  • Amharic

  • Arabic

  • Dakota/Lakota

  • Dari

  • French

  • German

  • Hebrew

  • Hindi

  • Hmong

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Karen

  • Korean

  • Mandarin (traditional or simplified writing)

  • Ojibwe

  • Oromo

  • Pashto

  • Polish

  • Portuguese

  • Russian

  • Somali (Maxaa or Maay Maay)

  • Spanish

  • Swahili

  • Tamil

  • Thai

Which colleges and universities grant credit for the bilingual seal?

  • Participating Institutions