The American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI)

Sign Language interpreters must possess high levels of proficiency in both English and ASL.

Therefore, in order to maintain the highest standards for the Interpreter Preparation Program at CCBC, there is a requirement for a minimum level of ASL proficiency.

The ASLPI (American Sign Language Proficiency Interview) is a nationally recognized tool used to measure language proficiency in ASL. The ASLPI consists of a structured conversation/interview between a candidate and a neutral team of Deaf raters who are not CCBC INTR faculty. Most CCBC students take the ASLPI after ASL IV or V. The interview is videotaped and lasts about 20 minutes. Currently, all ASLPI testing is handled by Gallaudet University. See their website for more information.

CCBC ASLPI requirements:
  • INTR 216, Pre-Interpreting Skills - Students must have taken ASLPI (minimum score not required)
  • INTR 211, Linguistics of ASL - Students are required to score at least a 2.0 on the ASLPI
  • INTR 241, Practicum - Students must score at least a 2+ on the ASLPI

Grievances (from the Gallaudet website):

You may find that your results exceed your expectations or you may find they are lower than you expected. Remember that your rating is based only on your interview performance.

The goal of the ASLPI is to give you a fair and accurate evaluation of your ability to understand and use American Sign Language. If you have a concern or grievance pertaining to the testing procedure, examination content, and/or results, send an email to outlining your concern.

Each situation will be reviewed and it will be determined if further action should be taken. The grievances must be made in writing within 30 days of the exam administration.