NEWL Test Center at LARC-SDSU

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.

About NEWL

The National Examinations in World Languages (NEWL®), developed by American Councils, is an online proficiency exam 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 secondary school students who have completed a minimum of two to three years (or the equivalent) of academic work in the target language and culture and who wish to engage in rigorous university-level study before high school graduation. 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.

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.org/newl.

Registration Details

NEWL has two types of institutions in the system:

Home Institutions:

  • The school where the students are enrolled.
  • Student registration is completed by the POC from this school.
  • Scores are reported to the POC from this school.

Testing Institutions:

  • The institution where the students will take the exam.
  • Proctor and lab tech registration is completed by the POC from this school.
  • Lab setup and proctor instructions are sent to this school.

Normally, these are the same, most students test at the school where they study. However, in the case of individual / home school students, the kids will be 'traveling' to take the test.

SDSU is the testing institution and each student that tests there must have a home institution defined in our system.

So, here is how it works:

SDSU is already in the system as a testing center.

Each visiting school that wishes to register students to take the main exam in April at SDSU, should:

  1. Complete the online application (https://exams.actesting.org/newl-app/)
    1. "I am a teacher or test coordinator representing a high school."
    2. "New User: Start New Application"
    3. Complete New School Form
    4. Select any/all exams that you want to register students for.
  2. Email NEWL at NEWL@americancouncils.org and let them know you have submitted your application.

NEWL will then review/approve your application and complete the travel mapping in the system and you will receive an email with instructions for logging in to the system and registering your students.

American Council

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