What is an ASL screening?

The ASL screening is a half hour appointment in which you will be assessed using ASL with one of CCBC's Deaf instructors. Your ASL expressive and receptive skills will be assessed and you will be placed in the appropriate level of ASL based on CCBC's rigorous ASL Curriculum.


Who should be screened?

The ASL screening is designed for students who have some fluency in American Sign Language and who wish to test out of some or all of CCBC's ASL classes (ASL I — ASL V). Candidates should have either already taken formal ASL classes or have Deaf relatives, friends, or co-workers that they communicate with on a regular basis. If you have taken a non-credit sign language class (for example at church or a community center) we recommend that you begin with ASL I. It is important to get a solid foundation in ASL. You must first become proficient in the language before you can begin to learn to interpret.


OK, I want to be screened. What do I do?

If you desire to be screened, you should contact Ms. Kimberly Lippincott at Klippincott@ccbcmd.edu or call 443-840-4274 to arrange an appointment. Be sure to call a few months prior to the semester in which you plan to begin taking ASL classes at CCBC. All screenings must be completed at least two weeks before the start of the next semester. Students who are screened out of any course work will be required to pay the Credit By Exam fee (currently 50% of the current in-county tuition rate) for the waived courses.  



What else should I know?

Please note: the screening only applies to ASL courses. It is a one time entry level screening. Students who choose not to be screened must take all ASL courses beginning with ASL I (ALS 101). Because CCBC is committed to offering a quality education, being screened does not guarantee that you will place out of any ASL courses. To maintain that quality, it is very important that students are placed in the appropriate ASL class for their skill level. 


CCBC does not allow transfer credits of ASL course work from any other community colleges.  If you have taken college level ASL classes you should be screened and placed into the CCBC ASL Program. Students who are screened out of any course work will be required to pay the Credit By Exam fee for the waived courses (currently 50% of the current in-county tuition rate).  

Any questions?

Contact the ASL & Interpreter Prep Office:  

Program Administrative Assistant                                                                                                                    Ms. Kimberly Lippincott - Klippincott@ccbcmd.edu - 443.840.4274