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Testing opportunities for students to earn a World Language Proficiency Certificate or Bilingual/Multilingual Seal

(01/18/2024) Anoka-Hennepin students with a mastery of world languages can use that knowledge to earn special recognitions – World Language Proficiency Certificates or Bilingual/Multilingual Seals. 

What are the certificates and seals?: 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. There are three award levels that denote specific language abilities, and 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 these students who attend or transfer to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and select other post-secondary institutions within three years of graduation from Anoka-Hennepin.

Testing information:

  • March 26, 2024 and/or March 28, 2024; Registration deadline is Friday, March 8 at 4 p.m.
  • Testing will occur after school starting at 3 p.m.
  • Cost for the AAPPL test is $30 per assessment, or $10 if the student receives free or reduced-price lunch. AAPPL tests the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
  • Hybrid Format Exams are available in: Swahili, Ukrainian, Tamil, Dari, and Pashto. These tests will incur a fee of $30 ($10 for students on free and reduced lunch).
  • NEW: There is no fee for students taking the Extempore Exam for the 2023-24 school year due to a grant that the Minnesota Department of Education received from The Securian Financial Foundation. Extempore tests the following languages: Amharic, Dakota/Lakota, Hmong, Karen, Ojibwe, Somali, and Vietnamese.

Who can take the exam?: Interested 10th, 11th and 12th grade students can register to take an exam at the following district high schools:

  • Sandburg Regional High School.
  • Anoka-Hennepin Technical High School.
  • Anoka High School.
  • Andover High School.
  • Blaine High School.
  • Champlin Park High School.
  • Coon Rapids High School.

Dig deeper: To learn more about this opportunity, see the languages currently available, and register to take an exam, visit