About NEWL™

National Examinations in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian 

The National Examinations in World Languages or NEWL exams are assessments in languages deemed critical in business and world relations in the 21st century. Spring 2016 offers proficiency-based examinations in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Portuguese.

The NEWL exams are endorsed by the College Board (whose portfolio includes the SAT and AP® exams) for students who have studied a critical language in school, lived or studied in a region where that language is widely used, or grown up in a family where that language is spoken.

NEWL scores may be submitted for placement or credit by examination purposes by entering college freshmen, or used to certify language proficiency for other educational or work-related purposes. NEWL score reports include numerical grades (1-5), analogous to Advanced Placement AP® grades, as well as four skill-specific sub-scores based on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency scale. ACTFL and LTI are partners of American Councils in the administration of NEWL tests.

The NEWL equivalent of the Russian assessment is currently available as the Prototype AP® Russian Exam. Address all inquiries about our Russian assessment to PrototypeAP@americancouncils.org