Bilingual Seals Program

Roseville Area High School students can earn college credits for their skills in a language other than English. This program is called the Minnesota Bilingual and Multilingual Seals program. To earn these college credits, students need to take a test where they read, write, listen, and speak in another language. 

Benefits of Being Multilingual

Speaking More than One Language is a Superpower!

Did you know that speaking more than one language is excellent for your brain? Here are five ways that being multilingual, or speaking more than one language, can help your brain.

  • Multilingual brains can often remember things better.

  • Multilingual brains often score better on tests at school.

  • Multilingual brains are often better at finding creative solutions to problems.

  • Multilingual brains often show more empathy and relate better to others.

  • Multilingual brains may have some protection against brain diseases like dementia.

How do I participate in the Bilingual Seals program?

Build and Maintain Your Language Skills

The first step to earning a Bilingual or Multilingual Seal is to make sure you have strong reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in a language other than English. To build and maintain your language skills you can:

  • Speak with family members or friends. Share about what you’re learning in school, ask them to tell you stories.

  • Read books. Ramsey County Libraries have books in many languages. Children’s picture books are a great place to start.

  • Watch videos, movies, or TV shows. Turn on the closed captions if they are available in the target language.

  • Write emails or texts to friends or family members. Keep a journal or diary in the target language.

  • Look for apps or games in the target language.

    • Duolingo is a free language learning app that offers many different languages.

  • Talk with your EL teacher about additional language practice opportunities.

Register for a Test

When you are in grades 10, 11, or 12 at RAHS or FAHS, you can take the Bilingual Seals tests. To sign up, talk to your counselor, EL teacher, or World Language teacher. 

  • This website has example test questions that you can try for practice.

Languages Available

RAHS currently offers the bilingual seals test in the following languages. If your language is not listed, contact your student’s counselor to discuss other opportunities.   

Amharic Hmong Portuguese
Arabic Italian             Russian
Chinese (Mandarin) Japanese              Somali
French Karen Spanish
German Korean Thai
Hindi Oromo Vietnamese