What is the best way to approach taking the ASLPI?

Let's first consider a language test that requires you to compare and contrast two simple topics. The purpose is not to provide a factual, statistical, research based response, but to simply compare and contrast the topics based on your personal experience, opinion and perspective. Through your discussion of the topics, you will use the following:

  • Range of vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Syntax
  • Array of sentence types
  • Structure of information (opening, supporting details, closing)
  • Clear comparison and contrast of the two topics
  • Overall cohesion


Let's now turn to the ASLPI. Your language skills are evaluated via a range of topics discussed, from familiar to unfamiliar, and concrete to hypothetical. It is beneficial to have confidence with the skills that you have, knowing what you can do with the language, as well as having awareness of language areas that are still in development. Language skills which are still developing will emerge and then evade you. That is the nature of language development, acquisition and proficiency. Once you have mastered specific language features, you gain control over them and will have the ability to demonstrate increasing complexity of language features in your responses.

On the day of your interview, demonstrate the skills you have in your language repertoire. Do your best to demonstrate what you can do with the language given the questions and topics discussed.

The range of topics are for the purpose of giving you every opportunity to show what you can do with the language. The topics may include something you have signed about before. There may also be topics that you have never signed about before. There is information, events and topics you may feel comfortable signing about because you have practiced and rehearsed them. It is when random topics are raised that true ASL proficiency is identified which reveals skills that are mastered. Random topics will also reveal language aspects that are still emerging, or are not present at all.

Remember: The purpose of ASLPI is to capture what you CAN DO with the language.

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