World Languages

Second Language Proficiency Exams

Who takes this test?

Students who have completed two years of coursework (or one year of accelerated coursework) in Chinese (Simplified), French, Italian, Latin, or Spanish before the end of grade eight may be eligible to take the Second Language Proficiency (SLP) exam to earn two high school credits. Your child’s school can tell you whether they offer the test and whether your child can take it.

When is this test given?

SLP exams are given in two parts. Part 1 of the test (Speaking) is given in class from the beginning of April through the beginning of June. Parts 2–4 of the test (Listening, Reading, and Writing) are given on a Monday in mid-June.

What is on the test?

The SLP tests students’ proficiency at Checkpoint A of the NY State Education Department’s learning standards for Languages Other Than English (LOTE). On the SLP, students are required to:

  • Have conversations in the language being tested
  • Listen to the test administrator speak in the language being tested and answer multiple-choice questions
  • Read a text in the language being tested (for example, a menu or map) and answer multiple-choice questions
  • Write two essays in the language being tested

How is the test scored?

Teachers use rubrics to score the Speaking and Writing sections of the exam. The Listening and Reading sections of the exam are multiple choice, and they are scanned and machine-scored. The final score is the sum of points earned on all four sections, and students pass the exam with a score of 65 or more out of 100.

How are the results reported?

The results of the SLP exam are reported on a student’s transcript.

How are the results used?

The NY State Education Department requires that students earn at least two high school credits in LOTE to graduate with a Regents or local diploma. Students who complete the required coursework and earn a passing grade on the SLP earn two high school credits and fulfill the LOTE graduation requirement.

Language Other Than English

Who takes this test?

Students who have completed three years of high-school-level coursework in World Languages may be eligible to take the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Comprehensive exam. Your child’s school can tell you whether your child can take it.

When is this test given?

LOTE exams are given in two parts. Part 1 of the test (Speaking) is given in class from the beginning of April through the beginning of June. Parts 2–4 of the test (Listening, Reading, and Writing) are given on a Monday in mid-June.

What is on the test?

The LOTE Comprehensive exam assesses students’ proficiency at Checkpoint B of the NY State Education Department’s learning standards for Languages Other Than English. On the LOTE Comprehensive exam, students are required to:

  • Have conversations in the language being tested
  • Listen to the test administrator speak in the language being tested and answer multiple-choice questions
  • Read a text in the language being tested (for example, a menu or poem) and answer multiple-choice questions
  • Write two essays in the language being tested

How is the test scored?

Teachers use rubrics to score the Speaking and Writing sections of the exam. The Listening and Reading sections of the exam are multiple choice, and they are scanned and machine-scored. The final score is the sum of points earned on all four sections, and students pass the exam with a score of 65 or more out of 100.

How are the results reported?

The results of the LOTE Comprehensive exam are reported on a student’s transcript.

How are the results used?

The NY State Education Department requires that students earn at least two high school credits in LOTE to graduate with a Regents or local diploma. Students who go on to complete three years of high-school-level coursework in World Languages and pass the LOTE Comprehensive exam to fulfill the LOTE requirement for an Advanced Regents Diploma.

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