World Language Proficiency Assessments
STAMP: The STAMP tests are given twice a year at James Clemens. It is recommended for classroom language learners to take this assessment at the end of level 4. Some very proficient students may try at the end of level 3, if desired. The test is taken on a computer and consists of listening/speaking, writing, and interpretative reading and listening (4 segments total). Students must achieve I-3 (Intermediate Mid 3) or higher on all four segments of the assessment. Students may retest on segments where a high enough score has not yet been achieved. Seniors must pass all segments by the approved date in order to qualify for the seal prior to graduation.
The STAMP exam is available in the following languages: Arabic, English (non-native speakers only), French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Mandarin (Simplified), Mandarin (Traditional), Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and Spanish. Sample tests can be found here.
AP Exam: This test is given once a year at James Clemens following completion of level 5 of French, German, Latin, or Spanish. It is a paper-based assessment consisting of interpretive listening and reading, speaking, and writing for modern languages. For Latin, the test consists of interpretative reading and translation. Students must achieve a score of 3 or higher on their exam. For more details about this exam, click here. 12th graders may not use their AP language score to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy, because the scores are not available until after graduation. These students should take the STAMP exam (French, German, or Spanish) or the STAMP (Latin) to achieve the Seal of Biliteracy.
OPI/WPT: This set of tests is available in the Spring semester for 11th and 12th graders only. It consists of a one-on-one interview with an examiner for the speaking proficiency. For the writing, the student is given prompts to which they respond in their target language. This assessment is available for the following languages: Albanian, Amharic, Bangla, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Croatian, Dari, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Malayalam, Pashto, Polish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Yoruba. Students must score Intermediate Mid on both parts of the exam. More details about this assessment can be found here.