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Bilingual Proficiency Testing for the Nursing Program

Bilingual Language Proficiency is an opportunity to raise your total admission points for the Sacramento State Nursing Program application. Points are awarded for speaking & listening proficiency in a foreign language at the intermediate skill level based on ACTFL standards.  Not all languages qualify for evaluation, please refer to the School of Nursing, Optional Criteria guide for a current list.

Language testing is given on an individual basis with an authorized examiner and is conducted in an interview-style format. A list of authorized evaluators is available in the office of the Department of World Languages & Literatures (WLL) and below in the resources table. It is the sole responsibility of the student to contact an evaluator and scan & copy this completed form before delivering it to WLL.

No fee is required through WLL. However, faculty or authorized examiners outside of the department may elect to charge a fee, payable directly to the examiner. Students are encouraged to verify any fee information with their examiner in advance of testing. See "Optional Critera" below for more information from the School of Nursing

Questions?  Please call the School of Nursing at (916) 278-4106.

Supplimental Nursing Application - Optional Criteria

Proficiency Testing Form for Nursing

Approved Evaluators -  all evaluators on this list do not require any additional documentation other than the official department form.

Qualifications for Evaluators

  • If the evaluator is located within WLL or is employed elsewhere in the university or by its affiliates, the completed evaluation form is the only document necessary for submission.
  • If the evaluator is not included on the WLL/School of Nursing list of recommended and approved evaluators, they must provide a written statement to be printed on company, agency or institutional letterhead briefly describing their qualifications as well as the intermediate-level skills tested and an overall assessment. The evaluator’s contact information must be accurate and up-to-date in the event that the University Registrar chooses to contact them for verification — this responsibility lies solely with the student. It is recommended that the evaluator has some type of experience as an instructor of the language to be evaluated and is also in good-standing with their community


Oral proficiency assessment must be completed by March 1 for Fall, October 1 for Spring. Additional time will be allowed for document processing.


If you submitted a supplemental nursing application during Spring 2018 or later:  your documents are still on file!

If you applied before Spring 2018 — since we have moved to online platform, you will need to resubmit all optional criteria documentation per instructions on the PDF form.


Attention Spanish Speakers

You may schedule an appointment with a Spanish instructor in the Department of World Languages & Literatures by contacting our office at (916) 278-6333.

FALL 2019 Schedule will be available by Start of semester

If you are located outside of the Sacramento area or cannot schedule a test on campus you may seek an evaluator on your own — please read the registration form carefully for more information.

Be sure to include a signed letter by your evaluator on their company or institutional letterhead along with the required registration form provided on this webpage.

Please refer to the School of Nursing's Optional Criteria guide for submission deadlines.


Languages Other Than Spanish

If you wish to test in languages other than Spanish and you cannot find an evaluator on the list of authorized examiners, you may seek an evaluator on your own.

Please read the registration form carefully for instructions and requirements for testing. Be sure to include a signed letter by your evaluator on their company or institutional letterhead along with the required registration form provided on this webpage. Please refer to the School of Nursing's Optional Criteria guide for submission deadlines and a complete list of languages that qualify for points.