Seal of Biliteracy


What is a Seal of Biliteracy?

A Seal of Biliteracy is an award that is granted by a school, district, state or other organization. A Seal of Biliteracy recognizes that an individual has attained a certain level of proficiency in two or more languages. A Seal of Biliteracy is typically awarded in the form of a certificate and can be used as a credential to convey an individual’s proficiency in two or more languages. 


Why earn a Seal of Biliteracy?

Being able to speak more than one language is a valuable asset that can open up many doors in an individual’s life. A Seal of Biliteracy can be a powerful tool to earn college credit, apply for a scholarship or study abroad program, access greater employment opportunities, and qualify for pay differentials. According to the 2019 report, Making Languages Our Business: Addressing Foreign Language Demand Among U.S. Employers, by Ipsos Public Affairs that surveyed 1,200 U.S. employers, language skills are critically needed in a wide variety of career sectors and may result in higher salaries. Some states offer State Seal of Biliteracy recipients automatic college credit at their state university institutions. The Global Seal of Biliteracy also offers a transferable college credit option to all of its recipients.

Who Can earn a Seal of Biliteracy?

State Seals of Biliteracy are generally awarded to high school seniors but in many states are only available to students who attend public schools. Criteria for state Seals are determined by a state, district or school as determined by each state. The Global Seal of Biliteracy is a language credential issued in collaboration with a school or organization and the Global Seal of Biliteracy. It can be awarded to anyone, student or adult, from any state or country, that has met the criteria for one of its two award levels on one of its qualifying tests. The Global Seal of Biliteracy is serial-numbered and can be listed as a credential, not just an award, on a CV or LinkedIn digital profile.



How can you earn a seal of biliteracy?

Each Seal of Biliteracy has their own criteria that needs to be met in order to be awarded a Seal of Biliteracy. This includes a required level of language proficiency aligned with the ACTFL Proficiency Scale. Most Seals of Biliteracy require an approved language assessment test be taken or a certain grade point average (GPA) be reached in language study. To learn more about an individual state’s Seals of Biliteracy click on your state below on the map. The Global Seal of Biliteracy website provides a list of qualified tests and scores that are accepted in order to be awarded one of its two award levels, Functional Fluency or Working Fluency.

Where Can You earn a Seal of Biliteracy?

Currently 36 states and the District of Columbia offer a state Seal of Biliteracy program. Click on your state below to find information on their Seal of Biliteracy Program. The Global Seal of Biliteracy is currently available to anyone in the United States who meets the testing requirements, regardless of language, age, grade, school, etc. In 2019, the Global Seal of Biliteracy began expanding into other countries as well.


Click on a State below to see Seal of Biliteracy Information in that state.

The Global Seal of Biliteracy

The Global Seal of Biliteracy complements and supports the individual state Seals of Biliteracy. The organization is committed to expanding the opportunity to demonstrate one's bilingualism to language learners not currently included in the state Seal programs. The Global Seal of Biliteracy credential meets or exceeds the requirements of all existing U.S. state Seal programs, and offers a uniform standard to recognize language skills at levels that are meaningful for academic and workplace environments. It allows recipients to showcase their language skills to any school or employer across state lines and national borders. The Global Seal of Biliteracy is proof of your language proficiency at the Intermediate Mid or Advanced Low levels.