Target Language Proficiency Requirement

YHALE Target Language Proficiency Requirements

Kindergarten and 1st Grade: 

Enrollment is open to all rising and current Kindergarten students as well as rising and current 1st grade students who are Georgia residents, regardless of experience or proficiency in a target language offered at YHALE. 

2nd Grade through 5th Grade:

In accordance with guidelines set forth by the Georgia Department of Education (SBOE Rule 160-4-9-.05), prospective students entering or transferring into 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade need to demonstrate a certain level of proficiency in either Chinese Mandarin (simplified) or Korean through the Avant STAMP 4Se assessment. The purpose of this assessment is to evaluate the child’s current knowledge of Mandarin Chinese or Korean, ensuring that they have sufficient proficiency in the target language to succeed in YHALE’s language immersion program.

Please review the information below for details. 

Introduction of the Screening Test – STAMP 4Se

STAMP 4Se is a web-based test designed to evaluate a student’s progress in learning a second language. This adaptive assessment allows students to demonstrate their proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking the language they are learning. The test includes four sections and typically takes about 120 minutes to complete.

Reading Section Writing Section Listening Section Speaking Section

-24 multiple-choice questions.

-Takes 25-30 minutes

-1 Sample and 2 test questions.

-Takes about 15 minutes

-24 multiple-choice questions

-Takes 25-30 minutes

-1 Sample and 2 test questions

-Takes about 15 minutes

Test takers may achieve the following benchmark levels:

– Reading and Listening sections – 1-9 (Novice-Low through Advanced-High).

– Writing and Speaking sections – 1-8 (Novice-Low through Advanced-Mid).

Please refer to the STAMP Benchmarks and Rubric guide for more information.

Admission Requirements

Any student who meets the proficiency qualifications and submits an application will be offered a seat at YHALE if/when one becomes available.

Grade applied for STAMP Score Required (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing) 
2nd 2 or above in listening and 2 or above in one other section
3rd 2 or above in 3 out of  4 sections
4th 3 or above in 3 out of  4 sections
5th 4 or above in 3 out of  4 sections

We encourage prospective students to take an Avant STAMP 4Se Sample Test (Korean or Mandarin for Grade 6 & Below) prior to registering for a test. The results from the sample test are good indicators of how your child will perform on the actual test. 

Test Cost & Location

Testing is FREE to prospective students and will be administered at 4550 River Green Parkway, Suite 100, Duluth, Georgia 30096. YHALE will provide laptops for testing. 

Test Results and School Application

All scores are final. Students can test only once per school year for the STAMP assessment.

Upon YHALE’s receipt of the STAMP 4Se scores, the admissions office will contact eligible students’ parents with application instructions via email.

Students who meet the proficiency qualifications and submit an application will be offered a seat when one becomes available.

Procedure For Taking The Target Language Proficiency Test

Step 1: Take a sample Avant STAMP 4Se Test (Korean OR Simplified Mandarin).

Step 2: Fill out the Test Request Form to schedule a testing session if a sample test indicates adequate results.

Step 3: When your testing session is confirmed, you will receive an email regarding the test date and other test details.

Step 4: Take STAMP 4Se assessment on campus. Read the Test Taker Guide before the test.

Step 5: YHALE will email the parents of eligible students once the STAMP 4Se scores are received.

Contact information

If you have any questions regarding the language proficiency test, please contact Ms. Ma at jma@yhale.org.