American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI)

The American Sign Language Proficiency Interview Logo

What is ASLPI?

The American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) is a holistic language evaluation used to determine global ASL proficiency. The basic precept in this type of evaluation is to find out through a face-to-face interview what an individual can do with the target language at a given point in time. The ASLPI is a 20-25 minute video recorded interactive dialogue between the examinee and the interviewer. The interview is rated by a team of evaluators and examinees are awarded an overall proficiency level on a 0-5 rating scale. Language proficiency evaluation was originally developed by the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the US Department of State and has been used by the government for decades. Adaptations to the language proficiency evaluation were made with respect to ASL and the ASLPI was born. The ASLPI is utilized by agencies, schools, universities, programs and employers.

Logo & Trademark

In September 2008, Mr. Mel Carter transferred the intellectual property rights for the ASLPI to Gallaudet University. It is a tremendous honor bestowed upon Gallaudet University and The ASLPI, and one that comes with great responsibility. The number one goal is to provide quality services which are reliable and consistent. The logo above was developed and has been legally trademarked. Registration of the ASLPI logo was granted by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. The Certificate of Registration No. 4,103,513 was issued on February 28, 2012.

Objectives

  • Support the bilingual visions and missions of Gallaudet University and the Clerc Center;
  • Promote language and communication awareness; and
  • Provide standardized holistic ASL proficiency testing nationally and internationally.

Mission

The ASLPI provides training, consultation and evaluation of American Sign Language (ASL) proficiency and communicative competence to promote each individual to higher educational, intellectual and professional advancement for direct communication. The services provided by The ASLPI in promoting ASL proficiency support constituencies in the transition of becoming more involved participants in communities by improving communication accessibility.

The data and information generated by the ASLPI benefits not only individual language learning, but is also essential to universities, institutions, employers and governing bodies. Assessing and evaluating ASL elevates American Sign Language to its rightful place alongside English in support of Gallaudet University and communities beyond to achieve bilingualism. The ASLPI services data generated contribute to and assist with decisions about: 

    • Admission into academic programs;
    • Readiness for core curriculum, practicum, internship and graduation; and
    • Professional opportunities and advancements.