Credit through Testing for World Languages

  • Loudoun County Public Schools allows students with the ability to comprehend and communicate in languages other than English, to earn high school credits through state-approved world language assessments. The Credit Through Testing (CTT) exam measures students’ language proficiency in order to award one, two, or three high school world language credits.

    The Credit Through Testing exam is designed to assess students’ first language proficiency and is available for students in grades 9 through 12 only, whose first language is not English. The exam requires a student to read and comprehend exam instructions and writing prompts in the first language. The student must be able to write two well-developed essays in the exam language, each consisting of at least three cohesive paragraphs on two topics.  

    The Credit Through Testing exam is offered each November. Students may take the exam two times per language while in high school. For SY 2022-2023, the following 26 languages will be available for assessment.  These represent where 50 or more students in grades 9-12 speak the language as a first language at home: American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, Tamil, Telugu, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 
     
    For more information about Credit through Testing, please visit: https://www.lcps.org/Page/213095
  • Eligibility for Credit through Testing

    • Students who do not already have levels 1, 2, or 3 credits in the language of the exam on their transcript (from another country or from the U.S.).
    • Students who wish to earn the Seal of Biliteracy and already have credit for levels 1, 2, and 3 in the language of the exam.
    • Students who are sufficiently proficient to read, comprehend, and write in the exam language.
    • Students who are literate in the following languages (updated as of November 2022): American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, Tamil, Telugu, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

  • Registering for the Credit through Testing Exam

    The Credit through Testing (CTT) exams are offered in late October and early November each school year at school sites throughout LCPS.
    Students may register for the CTT on LARS found under the Student Opportunities portal in LCPS Go.
    • Registration for the 2023 CTT exam begins August 24, 2023.
    • A confirmation ticket will be sent to the student and the parent/guardian email on file.

Last Modified on July 7, 2023