American Sign Language (ASL) Placement Testing

ASL Placement Testing

In order to place out of any ASL courses, you must have taken ASL at the collegiate credit earning level. Although you may have native signing skills, we find that for students wanting to major in Interpreting, skipping these foundational courses often leads to gaps in cultural/grammar knowledge of the language and we do not recommend bypassing them.

Please keep in mind, even if you took ASL at another institution, there may have been different lab requirements and ASL curricula vary widely across institutions.  Therefore, placement evaluation is necessary to determine the best course for you to take to foster your success in the program and to prepare you, should you desire, to be more successful in the interpreter education courses.  Even if you took ASL courses here at CPCC, you must take a placement test if two consecutive terms (Fall, Spring, or Summer)  have elapsed since your last ASL course to demonstrate that you have retained the knowledge and skills necessary to move to the next level.

To place out of ASL 111 & ASL 181, a student must pass a grammar and culture test and a receptive skills test.

To place out of ASL 112 & ASL 182 or higher, a student must first place out of ASL 111 & ASL 181 and then take an additional grammar and culture test and a receptive skills test.  Upon passing this additional test, the student will be videotaped having a conversation in ASL with a member of the faculty.  The conversation will become progressively more advanced in ASL structure and grammar and skills.  The video will be retained and reviewed by members of the ASL and Interpreter Education faculty to determine the best placement for you.  You will be notified of placement decisions within one to two weeks of testing.

Students who place out of ASL 212 and ASL 282 by virtue of the interview process and wish to begin taking interpreting courses must then take the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) and pass at a level intermediate or higher to begin taking IPP courses.  An ASLPI score will not be considered valid if it is more than one year old.  Students placing out of ASL 212 and ASL 282 who do not obtain the required ASLPI score may register for ASL 221 and attempt to take the ASLPI again after an additional semester of ASL studies.  The cost for the ASLPI  is included in ASL 282 lab fees, however students taking the ASLPI  independently of ASL 282 will pay a fee for the exam which is administered at CPCC and independently rated by Gallaudet University - ASL Diagnostic and Evaluation Services (ASL-DES).

Scheduling a Placement Test

In order to take the placement test, you will need a student ID#  so, if you are not a current student of CPCC, please apply and enroll into the college. Online information on how to apply to the College can be found here.

Next, contact Donnie Dove at to schedule a time for taking the test.

The ASL placement test is administered in the ASL Lab on the third Floor of the Cato III Building on the Cato Campus.

Students should plan for 2 hours to complete all placement testing procedures. You will be notified within two weeks of your placement.  All placement interview decisions are made jointly by the faculty and are final.

Be sure to bring your CPCC Student ID card and transcripts from your previous college/university with you to the ASL placement test site.

Credit by Examination

Currently, there is no credit by examination offered for ASL courses.  Should you place out of any ASL courses, you may be required to take substitution ASL or Interpreter Education courses as approved by the Interpreter Education Department in order to have sufficient credits to satisfy graduation requirements.