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 entry 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 faculty. Most CCBC students take the ASLPI after ASL V. The interview is videotaped and lasts about 20 minutes. Currently, all ASLPI testing is handled by Gallaudet University. View the Gallaudet University website for more information »

CCBC ASLPI requirements:
  • An ASLPI score of 2.0 or higher is required for entry into the A.A.S. or Certificate in Interpreter Preparation.  However there are some course in the program that students can take in order to prepare for the ASLPI.  Students may complete all ASL course work (ASL levels 1-5), Advanced Conversational ASL (ASLS 214) and Pre-Interpreting Skills (INTR 216) prior to obtaining their ASLPI score.  
  • An ASLPI score of 2.0 or higher is required for entry into Consecutive Interpreting (INTR 220) which is a prerequisite to all other interpreting courses. 
  • An ASLPI score of 2.5 or higher is required for entry into the final course, Pracitcum (INTR 241).  

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 aslpi@gallaudet.edu 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.