Vallalar Tamil School Biliteracy Program FAQ

What is the New Jersey State Seal of Biliteracy?

The New Jersey State Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to high school students who demonstrate proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English. Established in 2016, this program recognizes the value and benefits of bilingualism, emphasizing improved communication, cultural understanding, and economic advantages. The Seal is noted on the student’s high school diploma, aiding universities in identifying bilingual candidates.

Is the Seal of Biliteracy mandatory in high school?

No, the Seal of Biliteracy is not mandatory in high school. It is an optional recognition that students can earn by demonstrating proficiency in multiple languages.

Is the Seal of Biliteracy mentioned on high school transcripts?

Yes, the Seal of Biliteracy is noted on high school transcripts, which are sent to universities and colleges as part of the college application process.

Is the Seal of Biliteracy beneficial for college applications?

While college applications consider various components such as academics, volunteering, essays, and SAT scores, the Seal of Biliteracy can enhance a student’s profile by demonstrating language proficiency and commitment to bilingualism. Colleges look for well-rounded students, and the exact impact of the Seal of Biliteracy on college admissions is subjective and varies by institution and the courses undertaken.

What are the advantages of obtaining the Seal of Biliteracy?

The Seal of Biliteracy offers several benefits, particularly in higher education. Many universities accept it as fulfillment of their foreign language requirements, either fully or partially. This can expedite a student’s progress toward a major or minor in the language. Additionally, having the Seal can open up opportunities to participate in college clubs and other activities.

Can you take the Biliteracy Seal exam in Tamil?

Yes, you can take the Biliteracy Seal exam in Tamil. The number of students taking this exam in Tamil has surged across America since this opportunity became available to those studying in various Tamil schools. School districts view students earning the Biliteracy Seal in Tamil with the same regard as those earning it in other languages, such as French.

For the Tamil community, achieving the Biliteracy Seal in Tamil is a significant accomplishment, allowing students to proudly showcase their years of dedication to learning the language. Tamil schools and Tamil Sangams celebrate this success by honoring and recognizing their students’ achievements.

What is the process for taking the Biliteracy Seal exam?

The Seal of Biliteracy exam is administered by school districts in New Jersey. The process varies by district, so students should consult their school district’s world language coordinator for specific details. Different certifying organizations may be involved.

When can high school students take the Biliteracy Seal exam?

The timing for taking the Biliteracy Seal exam depends on the school district. Typically, students take the exam in their junior or senior year. For example:

  • West Windsor-Plainsboro School District: Senior year
  • South Brunswick and Monroe School Districts: Junior year

Parents and students should verify specific dates with their respective school districts.

What is the role of Vallalar Tamil School in the certification process?

Vallalar Tamil School trains students, provides mock exams, and prepares them for the Biliteracy Seal exam. The school also acts as a proctor for the exams through a certifying organization.

Does Vallalar Tamil School accept everyone into the training program?

The training program is available only to current students and alumni of Vallalar Tamil School who have completed their graduation at Vallalar Tamil school.

What is the nature of the training process?

Vallalar Tamil School offers the following training programs:

  • Pre-Biliteracy Students: Students who are not in their junior or senior year of high school.
  • Biliteracy Students: Students who are in their junior or senior year of high school.

How can I obtain more information about the Biliteracy Seal program?

For more information about the Biliteracy Seal program, please contact our Biliteracy coordinator, Mathi, at