DATES, DEADLINES & FEES
Exam Registration Dates
|EXAM||REGISTRATION OPEN||REGISTRATION CLOSE|
|PRACTICE (& MAKEUP)||December 1, 2017||January 12, 2018|
|MAIN & LATE TESTING||January 1, 2018||April 15, 2018|
Exam Administration Dates
(Start time for all exams is 9:00 AM-- your local time)
|LANGUAGES||PRACTICE EXAM||PRACTICE EXAM||MAIN EXAM||LATE TESTING|
|ARABIC||January 24, 2018||January 31, 2018||April 25, 2018||May 4, 2018 *|
|KOREAN & PORTUGUESE||January 25, 2018||February 1, 2018||April 26, 2018|
|RUSSIAN||January 26, 2018||February 2, 2018||April 27, 2018|
* Reasons for late testing: Registration mistake, student conflict, etc. Refer to the College Board's website.
Duration of the Exam
Lab Setup Dates (setup is required at each testing center)
|EXAM||LAB SETUP WEEK|
|PRACTICE (& MAKEUP)||January 16-23, 2018|
|MAIN & LATE TESTING||April 16-20, 2018|
|PRACTICE (& MAKEUP)||$29||N/A|
|MAIN||$94||$9 (of the $94) is refunded to the test center by American Councils.|
International Exam Fees
|PRACTICE (& MAKEUP)||$38||N/A|
|MAIN||$124||$9 (of the $124) is refunded to the test center by American Councils.|
QUALIFICATIONS FOR NEWL
The exam content of NEWL targets individuals who have completed a minimum of two to three years (or the equivalent) of academic work in the target language and culture. 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, 2017 to take the 2018 scheduled NEWL exams.
HOW TO APPLY
Schools or independent students interested in the NEWL exams can submit an online application form by clicking here.
Once the applications are received by AC, the registrant will be notified via email. The registrant will be the person responsible for coordinating and submitting payment and/ or registering examinees in the online registration system. The registrant is the point of contact for the school and must handle confidential examinee information. The AP Coordinator or the examinee’s language teacher may be registrants.
The online registration system uses a familiar spreadsheet-style data input format so that you can easily register examinees for the exam. The registrant is also responsible for adding proctors and lab technicians to the registration system for the school.
If a school does not provide its own testing center, the registrant is responsible for finding a qualified testing center and registering the appropriate lab technician and proctor. To register a test center, please fill out this form.
Please be sure to use the examinees’ full names, as they will appear on the formal score reports. Examinee email addresses must be valid (and regularly checked) up to December 1, 2018.
There are several payment options available. The most convenient is through the integrated registration payment system powered by PayPal®. Once the examinee roster is entered online, the registrant can pay the fee or send each student an invoice so they may pay for themselves at any time during the registration period. Here is a list of payment options the registrant/ students can chose using the integrated payment system:
|Credit/Debit||Does not require PayPal account.|
|Instant Transfer||Deposit funds directly from the bank account. AC receives payment instantly. Requires PayPal account.|
|eCheck||Similar to Instant Transfer, but requires approval from a bank before completed. Requires PayPal account.|
This charge will appear on your credit card statement as payment to: PAYPAL * AC TESTING.When making a payment via PayPal®, please notify the finance department in your school of any credit card charges in advance, so they do not request for a chargeback. Resolving chargebacks takes a significant amount of time for both parties, so notifying finance staff in advance will avoid complications.NOTIFY YOUR FINANCE DEPARTMENT OF ANY CREDIT CARD TRANSACTIONS Payment status will show next to each examinee's name. PayPal approves payments in real time and payment status updates upon successful completion of that transaction.
SPEAKING AND WRITING ASSESSMENTS
The exam fee includes the cost of the speaking and writing assessments, powered by our partners, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) and their exclusive licensee Language Testing International (LTI).
The speaking and writing portions of the test will be administered following the reading and listening section and will last approximately 30 minutes for each section.
Late testing is scheduled for May 4, 2018. Only those who are affected by specific circumstances as those put forth by the College Board will be allowed to take the exam on the late testing date. This should be communicated with AC by March 31, 2018 deadline. When the cause of late testing is generally beyond the control of the school and the examinees, there is no additional fee. In other instances, however, when schools or examinee have a choice between testing on the scheduled date and requesting the alternate date, examinees will be charged an additional fee of $45.
PRACTICE/ MAKE-UP: Available within two weeks from the date of the administration.
MAIN/ LATE-TESTING: Current year exam reports will be available as follows:
- Practice/ Make-up practice results: February 14, 2018
- Main/ Late-testing score reports: July 12, 2018
Examinees and teachers will be notified via email once the score reports are available. The examinees must confirm their name, school, and email address before being able to access the score reports.
SCORE REPORTS TO COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS: The main exam fee includes the cost of one report sent to a college or university of the examinee’s choice. Additional requests will be charged a processing fee: $15 for a regular report and $32 for an expedited one. All regular score report requests will take 5-7 business days to process and mail to the school(s). Expedited reports will be sent using an overnight postal service.
The examinee must submit the Score Report Request form to American Councils.
American Councils will provide a fee reduction for the main exam for individuals with financial need. Thus, the reduced cost of the NEWL exam will be $53 per examinee. Please refer to the Reduced Fee form for eligibility and requirements. It is the registrants’ responsibility to submit this request to American Councils by March 31, 2018.
The Registrant or the examinee may submit a request to American Councils for exam accommodations. The school must verify the request and the need for accommodations. The registrant must submit the Accommodation Eligibility request to American Councils by March 31, 2018.
EXAMINEE LANGUAGE CONTENT
Appropriate conduct and language is expected of all examinees participating in NEWL. Any use of inappropriate language on any section of the exam will invalidate the entire exam. No score report will be issued. Inappropriate language includes offensive language or topics in either the speaking or writing section of the exam.
PRACTICE/ MAKE-UP: The fee for the Practice or Practice Make-up exam is non-refundable.
MAIN/ LATE-TESTING: If the examinee pays for the exam, but ends up not taking it, a partial refund of $58 can be requested. In order to receive the refund, the registrant must submit a refund request (via actesting.org) to American Councils no later than May 20, 2018. No portion of the fee is refundable, if the examinee has taken any sections of the exam.
QUALIFIED TESTING CENTERS
Each school must coordinate with a valid testing center to administer the exam. This includes having a computer lab, one computer for each examinee, and one extra computer for every five examinees being tested. Testing centers must also provide proctor(s), and lab technician(s). The number of these administrative personnel will depend on the number of examinees and testing centers. If your school does not meet these requirements, it is the school’s responsibility to find a valid testing center.
For parents applying on behalf of their child for independent assessment, it is the parents’ responsibility to find a valid testing center. We recommend that parents check with the examinee’s school first, whether they have the capabilities and personnel required (computer lab, proctors, and technicians) to administer the exam. To register your computer lab as an approved NEWL test site, click here.
|Proctor||The exam proctor cannot be the language teacher OR have knowledge of the target language.|
|Lab Technician||The lab technician must be someone who has the authority to add and/or change settings to the computers used for the exam. The lab technician cannot have knowledge of the target language.|
Please visit Testing Center Requirements page for more information about qualified testing centers.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Please find the FAQ list on the NEWL website: https://www.americancouncils.org/services/testing-and-assessment/NEWL/frequently-asked-questions
POSTING NEWL® EXAM INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS ON SCHOOL WEBSITES
Any document and/or information pertaining to NEWL exams are the intellectual property of American Councils for International Education and may not be used without its permission in writing. In cases where materials or information about NEWL is shared by an entity other than American Councils, proper credit to both American Councils and the NEWL website https://www.americancouncils.org/NEWL must be referenced.
Exam information posted on school websites must have authorization from American Councils (AC). This includes exam information that American Councils sends to you and exam information created by school administrators/ teachers. While we encourage the sharing of exam information with parents, examinees, and administrators, exam information posted online must be approved by AC. This is to ensure that all information made available to the public is correct and in accordance with AC requirements. This is also to provide the most updated and relevant information pertaining to current year’s exam.
In order to avoid unauthorized postings, AC makes available the NEWL exam documents on its website https://www.americancouncils.org/NEWL. We encourage you to post this link on your school’s website and/or share it with parents, examinees, and administrators. Please note that it would be a violation of the copyright law, if you decided to copy the information and make it available on any other website without authorization from AC.