Seal: Frequently Asked Questions

Please take a minute to review the information in the sections below.  You will find answers to most questions by clicking on the individual sections.

What are the deadlines and other major events?
  • Application Deadline:  August 30, 2017 at midnight
  • Permission Slip Deadline:  September 1, 2017 at 2:00 PM
  • On-Demand Testing:  September 12 - 14, 2017 between 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • On-Demand Scoring:  September 22, 2017
  • Autobiography Deadline:  September 29, 2017 at midnight
  • Autobiography Scoring:  October 2, 2017
  • Student Event:  October 14, 2017
  • Award Ceremony: November 1, 2017
  • There are no extensions.  To be considered for the Seal, you must have all of the required components completed on time.

The Application
  • Why is my school not on the list of participating high schools?
    • If your high school is not listed, it is because the district has chosen not to participate.  Please speak to your school or district representative.
  • Can I apply for the Seal on my own if my district or high chooses not to participate?
    • No.  Districts must sign a contract pledging to support students throughout the program before any students may apply.
  • I applied for the Seal but I have not received an email with instructions and my student IDs.
    • Email Elvira Ruiz at eruiz [ahtsym] stancoe [dhotsym] org (subject: Seal%20of%20Multilingual%20Proficiency) ( ).  You may have typed the Gmail address incorrectly.

The Google Classroom
  • I received my invitation to Google Classroom but I am getting a message that reads the classroom can't be found.
    • Log into the Gmail account you used to apply for the Seal first then click on the invitation again.  The Google Classroom will pop up. 
    • You will need to log into the same Gmail account every time you need to work on the Seal.
  • What will I find in my Google Classroom?
    • Each participating high school has a Google Classroom where the students from that high school will complete the Seal portfolio work necessary to earn the Seal of Multilingual Proficiency.
    • Each classroom will contain reference material each student will need to complete the required assignments.
    • Each classroom will also contain student scores for each of the Seal components.

The On-Demand Test
  • When will I take the On-Demand test?
    • Your school will schedule the test sometime between September 12th - 14th.  You will have 60 minutes to write an essay in your target language.
      • Students applying for the Seal in multiple languages will have to write an essay in each target language.
  • When will I find out if I passed?
    • The tests will be scored by trained assessors on September 22nd.  A notice will go out to students when scores are available in Google Classroom.
      • Students must earn a minimum score of "3" to be invited to submit an Autobiography.

The Autobiography
  • What language do I write the Autobiography in?
    • The Autobiography needs to be written in English.  Autobiographies written in any other language will receive a "0" score.
  • There are only a few days in between finding out if I passed the On-Demand test and the Autobiography due date.  Can I get an extension?
    • No.  There are no extensions.
    • The Autobiography can be started as soon as you have access to your Google Classroom.  The Google assignment will allow you to save your work and go back as many times as you want until the deadline.
    • However, the Autobiography will only be accepted from those students who earn a passing score on the On-Demand test.
  • When will I find out if I passed?
    • The Autobiographies will be scored by trained assessors on October 2nd.  A notice will go out to students when scores are available in Google Classroom.
    • Students must earn a minimum score of "3" to be invited to the interview phase.

The Interviews
  • How do I find out what time my interview is?
    • Appointment times and instructions will be posted in Google Classroom for all students who passed the first two components of the Seal process.
  • Can I change the date or the time of the interview?
    • No.  The hundreds of assessors and volunteers are involved.  They can only come on one Saturday.
  • I can't be there on October 14th.  Can I make up the interview?
    • No.  It is critical that you are available on this date, as no make ups are possible.
  • Where are the interviews held?
  • How should I dress for the interviews?
    • This is a formal interview, so you should dress as you would for a job interview.
  • Can I come in early or leave early?  I have another appointment or engagement.
    • No.  The interview times are carefully chosen to ensure all students have the opportunity to be interviewed.  Leaving early without completing all of the tasks will result in disqualification. 
      • Students that arrive early will have to wait for their assigned time.
  • What happens if I am late?  
    • You must be seated in the Board Room at the assigned time.  Like any other test, once the door closes, it is too late to join your group.
  • Can my parents wait in the building? Where can my parents wait?
    • Parents may wait in their cars, in the parking lot behind the building.  For security reasons, only students are allowed in the buildings.
  • What should I expect during the interviews?
    • You will be interviewed by a team of trained assessors in both English and the target language(s).
      • The interview will last approximately 10 minutes.
  • How long will I be here?
    • Most students are here 2-3 hours.  It all depends on the number of assessors and volunteers the districts are able to provide. 
      • Students that have applied for a Seal in more than one language will be here a little longer.
    • There will be phones available for students that need to make a call for a ride home.
  • Can I have my phone or purse with me?
    • Students are allowed to have a phone.  However, it must be turned off and put away while here.  This is a testing day in testing facilities.  Students will be disqualified for using a phone while here.
    • Purses are allowed.  They must be closed while here.
  • Where can I find food?
    • There are a couple of vending machines on the first floor with some soft drinks and chips. 
    • Lunch is not provided, so students should have a hearty breakfast or lunch before coming and bring a snack or small lunch if they feel they will need it.

What Scores do I need to earn the Seal?
  • There are four components to the Seal of Multilingual Proficiency.
    • You must earn a minimum score of 3 out of a possible 5 on your On-Demand test to be invited to the Autobiography phase.
    • You must earn a minimum score of 3 out of a possible 5 on your Autobiography to be invited to the interview phase.
    • You must earn a minimum score of 3 out of a possible 5 on your English interview.
    • You must earn a minimum score of 3 out of a possible 5 on your target language interview(s).
  • In order to be awarded the Seal of Multilingual Proficiency you must earn a minimum total score of 16 out of a possible 20.
    • In order to earn a 16 to 20 sum total, you will need to score above a "3" on some categories.
    • A score of "2" or less on any of the four components will disqualify you from consideration regardless of the total score.
  • Can I appeal my score or the decision if I don't receive the Seal?
    • No. There are already backup systems in place to ensure any non-passing scores are accurate.  All scores are final.
      • All writing samples are read at least twice by trained assessors.  If they do not receive a passing score, they are then re-read by assessor who will either confirm or overturn the score.
      • Interviews will only be conducted once.  Preparation is essential to ensure you make the most of your one opportunity.
  • How or when will I know if I received the Seal of Multilingual Proficiency?
    • An email, with a complete set of scores, will go out to all students who participated in all four components of the Seal process.


The Award Ceremony
  • How will I know when and where the Seal ceremony is?
    • Students who earn the Seal of Multilingual Proficiency will receive an invitation to the Seal ceremony at the Gallo Center on November 1st with details and tickets for guests.
  • How many guests can I bring?
    • The number of guests each student is allowed to bring will depend on the number of Seal recipients.
  • Does my little sister or brother need a ticket?
    • The Gallo Center policy and the city's fire code require that everyone has a ticket.  Children may not sit on a parent's lap.
  • How should I dress for the ceremony?
    • You should dress in nice presentable and appropriate clothes.  This is the Gallo Center and there will be parents and community members there taking pictures and filming.
  • How will I know when and where to arrive?
    • You will receive an email with the exact time and location you should arrive.
      • You will need to arrive 60 to 90 minutes before the ceremony.  The exact time will depend on the number of students receiving the award.
  • Where can my guests wait?
    • Guests may wait in the Gallo Center lobby or courtyard.
  • Is there a place to leave my coat, purse or phone?
    • No.  You will need to leave any personal belongings with a parent or guest.
  • Can my parents bring balloons or flowers?
    • For safety reasons, balloons are not permitted in  the Gallo Center.  Small bouquets of flowers are permisible.

Contact Us

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Instructional Support Services, 1st Floor
Modesto, CA 95354

Key Contacts

Debra Boggs
Debra Boggs, Director I, K-12 Literacy
(209) 238-1305
Elvira Ruiz
Elvira Ruiz, Event Planning Specialist II
(209) 238-1301