The Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC) at San Diego State University (SDSU) is a registered American Councils for International Education NEWL test center. LARC's computer lab is a state of the art facility equipped with the latest technology to meet your testing-taking needs. For driving directions and parking instructions please visit: larc.sdsu.edu/directions-contact
The National Examinations in World Languages (NEWL) is an online proficiency exam for language learners of Arabic, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian seeking college placement and/or credit.
Developed by American Councils, NEWL® is an online language assessment in four critical languages: Arabic (MSA), Korean, Portuguese (global), and Russian. The exams measure functional language proficiency across four skills: reading and listening comprehension, speaking, and writing.
Targeted for traditional foreign language learners and heritage learners, NEWL exams produce AP®-style score reports, which can be used to apply for college credit and/or placement.
Qualifications for NEWL
The exam content of NEWL targets individuals who have completed a minimum of two to three years (or the equivalent) of academic work in the target language and culture. While both traditional and heritage learners are encouraged to take NEWL exams, American Councils only allows students who are enrolled in 9th grade or above, OR who have turned 14 before September 1, 2018 to take the 2019 scheduled NEWL exams. The NEWL exam is intended for secondary school students who wish to engage in rigorous university-level study before high school graduation.
Registration for the exam, information on cost, as well as a reduced fee form, are handled directly by American Councils and can be accessed here: https://www.americancouncils.
LARC Point of Contact
LARC MAC Lab
Storm Hall 205