Language Testing and Assessment Services

Bilingual Differential for Classified Employees

An employee may qualify for a salary differential if they are regularly required to:  Speak in a non-English language or read and write in a non-English language or use sign language at a basic level.   In order for an employee to receive the differential, his or her site administrator or supervisor must certify that the employee is frequently called upon to use a second language in his or her position and the employee must pass the bilingual assessment that is administered by the Personnel Commission.  

Bilingual testing is available in English and in:

  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Cantonese
  • Farsi
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese (Oral Only)
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Sign Language
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Vietnamese

How to Request a Test

  • Administrator or Supervisor Completes Request to Take Bilingual Assessment Form

    The form requires certification that the incumbent in the position is FREQUENTLY called upon to use the second language on the job.

  • Submit Request Form to Personnel Commission

    Submit form to [email protected]

  • Take and Pass Bilingual Assessment

    Once the form is received, a member of the Personnel Commission will contact the employee to schedule testing.

  • Site Administrator or Supervisor Submits Request For Bilingual Differential Form

    When the employee passes the bilingual assessment, the site administrator or supervisor must complete and submit a form requesting the bilingual differential be added to the employee's pay.