Language Testing Information & Plan

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1. Language assessments to determine eligibility for Program Language Bonus Points for Amigos, Chinese Immersion, and Ola.  

Please note:
If your child does not speak the program language for Amigos, Chinese Immersion, or Ola, they do not need a program language test. 

All language testing to determine eligibility for program language bonus points must be completed by 4PM on Monday, January 31, 2022 in order for the results to be included in the January 2022 JK/K Lottery. The last testing slot on Monday, January 31, 2022 will start at 2:00PM.

We wish you to use the information and plan for language testing in order to best prepare yourselves and your child. We also strongly encourage you to register early in the month of January so you may secure a testing slot that is convenient for your family. Testing slots fill up fast, and, as the month goes on, your options will be limited.

  • Remote tests and In-Person tests are the exact same test.
  • Remote tests will be scheduled for 30 minutes.
  • In-Person tests will be scheduled for  45 minutes due to staff needs to disinfect between appointments.
  • If your child tests remotely, please keep in mind the following:
    • We will contact you via the primary e-mail address you provide on your child’s registration. Please ensure that it is correct and legible.
    • One parent/guardian must be available during the remote testing session.
    • The parent/guardian can’t assist the child during the remote testing session.
    • If the parent/guardian interferes with the testing session, we will stop the test and must reschedule.
    • We will not schedule any remote testing sessions to take place while your child is at preschool, daycare, or another childcare setting.
    • If the parent/guardian is late to login to the test, we must reschedule in order to respect the time and testing slots for all children and families.
    • If the parent/guardian is driving, shopping in stores, conversing with other people, etc. we will stop the test and need to reschedule.
    • If the child is in bed or otherwise engaged in activities that are disruptive to the ability to test them, we will stop the test and need to reschedule.
  • In-Person language assessments take place at the Student Registration Center located at 459 Broadway, Cambridge 02138.
    • We will email the appointment procedures for in-person visits to the SRC after we schedule the test and the day before the test.
    • One parent/guardian must accompany the child to the testing session.
    • For health & safety matters, the parent/guardian who accompanies the child to the SRC will sit in the hallway during the test.
    • Parents/guardians are not allowed to be with their child during testing.
    • Please know that we can’t accommodate late arrivals to any scheduled appointment. If you arrive late, you will be asked to reschedule.

Testing will take place on the following days for each immersion program.

Amigos: Monday through Friday, starting at 8:30AM with the last test scheduled at 2PM.

  • Remote tests are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • In-Person tests are on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Chinese Immersion Program (all tests are remote tests): Wednesdays January 12 and 26 from 2:00PM-6:00PM and Saturdays January 15, 22, 29 from 8:30AM-2:30PM.

Ola Program: TBD

2. English Language Assessments

January 2022 JK/K Lottery participants whose home language is a language other than English will not have their English language assessment scheduled in January 2022.

  • In order to accommodate all testing in accordance with our healthy & safety measures, we will schedule English language assessments for JKs to take place in February 2022.
  • In order to accommodate all testing in accordance with our healthy & safety measures, we will schedule English language assessments for Ks to take place in March 2022.
  • We assure you that this timeframe does not in any way affect your child’s registration or participation in the January 2022 JK/K Lottery.


REMEMBER

All language testing to determine eligibility for program language bonus points must be completed by 4PM on Monday, January 31, 2022 in order for the results to be included in the January 2022 JK/K Lottery. The last testing slot on Monday, January 31, 2022 will start at 2:00PM.

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