Language certification exam is being offered this weekend

By: Victor Dixon, A&E Editor

Newman is offering a test for students who speak multiple languages that allows them to showcase their skills.

The Global Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to students who pass the corresponding language test, and it is a valuable asset for academic and employment opportunities that proficiency in a second language would apply to. It is an official certificate of reading, writing, speaking, and listening proficiency in at least two languages.

This year’s testing will be offered on October 28th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is different from the State Seal of Biliteracy, in that it tests language proficiency using undergraduate expectations rather than high school-level ones, according to Assistant Professor of Spanish Sonja Bontrager.

Bontrager said that two students and one former faculty member have received this certification from last year’s testing. There will be another test offered in mid-November, with the official date yet to be set. The test is offered with support from language professionals working as faculty in the USD 259 school district. Students are able to test even if you have not completed all the English courses required for graduation. It is an untimed test and it costs $45 to
sign up. For further questions, contact Sonja Bontrager at

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