American Sign Language (ASL) Test

This placement test is designed for those who have previously learned some American Sign Language (ASL), and would like to enroll in ASL courses at Seattle Central above the ASL 101 level. ASL faculty will use this tool to advise students about readiness for a particular ASL course.

If the student does not agree with the assessment, and prefers to enroll in a higher–level course, they may do so with permission from the instructor of that particular course. Questions may be directed to the Health and Human Services Division office, room BE3210, at 206.934.4347.

This test is given in the Seattle Central Testing Office, Room BE1106. An appointment is required. Please call 206.934.6344 or come to the reception desk in Testing, Room BE1106.

There is no specific time limit on the test, but you should plan on taking about 1 hour or less.

ASL Testing Times

  • Mondays: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Fridays: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

During the summer, this changes to Mondays and Thursdays only.


Do you need this test?

You may not need this test if:

  • You have completed a five–credit ASL course at any Washington State Community of Technical College with a 2.0 grade or better, OR
  • You have received ASL college credit via the Tech–Prep program at your high school.

If you meet either of these conditions, simply bring your class transcripts with you to registration. You probably do not need this test.

However, if you have learned ASL from any other classes or contact with deaf people, this test is recommended so that you can be advised on which classes to take.


What do I need to bring to the test?

You will need to bring:

  • Photo ID.
  • $15 exact change cash or a check made out to "Seattle Central".
  • A blank VHS videotape.

What is the test like?

You will be asked to create a 10–minute videotape of yourself signing. You will be given the questions at the time of the test, and may not see them ahead of time or take them home. You will be assessed on:

  • The clarity of your signs, numbers, fingerspelling and classifiers.
  • The use of facial expression, prosodic features, and body movement.
  • The grammatical structure of your sentences.
  • The use of classifiers and space.

What happens after the test?

You will label your tape with your name and contact information, which the Testing Office will then send to the ASL department for grading.

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