ASL Placement Screening

ASL Placement Screening
ASL classes at Gallaudet University may not be equivalent to classes you have taken at other locations. To ensure that you are placed in the class that best meets your needs, review the course descriptions and select the one that seems to fit your current skill level. The ASL Placement Screening can be done in person or through a video that such as a videophone, GoogleTalk, or Skype.  If this is the first time you will be taking an ASL class at Gallaudet or if you've taken a semester off between your classes here, please send an email to to schedule a day and time for your screening. Students unable to arrange a screening prior to the start of class will be screened on the first day and placed accordingly.

What to Expect during the ASL Placement Screening
The ASL Placement Screening is a process used to determine your ASL skills based on the Signing Naturally Curriculum. Students will be assessed based on the course screening outcomes to ensure that each individual will have the opportunity to watch video or answer questions responding to the questions being asked to assess your language usage. The placement screening is not something that you can study or prepare for. As with all languages, skills develop over time and that time frame varies from person to person.

We will be assessing you on the following:
  • ASL Grammar, including all linguistic elements such as sentence types, grammatical categories, and discourse functions
  • Range and accurate use of ASL vocabulary
  • Clarity of sign formation/production that includes handshape, palm orientation, location and movement
  • Fluency in use of ASL
  • Comprehension of conversation in ASL
For Summer Only
ASL STUDENTS: Prior to coming to campus, even though you have already completed the screening, you are expected to complete the ASL Placement test which can be found on Blackboard under ASL_Placement: ASL Placement.  The placement results will not affect your screening results. In addition, you may note that your placement has changed from your original course selection based upon the results of your screening and/or enrollment availability. Please contact with any questions. An ASL orientation will take place the first Monday of your class at 8:00 am in the Student Academic Center 1011 during ASL sessions A, C and D and at 7:30 am during session B.
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