Placement Test

2018-2019 Placement Test Dates:

Spring Semester Dates:

Monday, February 11, 2019 with appointments between 1:00pm and 5:00pm.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 with appointments between 10:00am and 3:00pm.

*Note: You must schedule in advance with Tia Jones or (614) 292-5392.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the placement test?

A tool that evaluates a student's ASL communication skills and knowledge of ASL linguistics and Deaf culture.  The placement test is only necessary if you have ASL experience that has not earned you credit on your transcript and you wish to have your skills evaluated for appropriate placement into our course series.

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Who has to take the placement test?

Students who have taken two or more years of American Sign Language in high school and did not earn college credit, within the last five (5) years

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Students who have ASL experience not identified on their transcript for ASL credit and who feel their skills may be appropriate for ASL 1102 or higher, have been admitted to the university unconditionally, and hope to begin the series higher than level 1101.

Note: No EM credit is awarded to native signers

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When must the placement test be taken?

If you meet the criteria above, then you must take the placement test prior to enrolling in the ASL course series. Your test scores determine the most appropriate level for you to start within the series, and successful completion of this exam will result in a designation of examination credit (EM credit) on your permanent record.

Note: If you have no experience with ASL and want to enroll in our course series, you do not need to take the placement test. You are eligible to enroll in ASL 1101.

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What is the format of the placement test?

The test includes two portions that are taken at the same scheduled appointment.

  • Written (short answer): Evaluates the student's understanding of ASL linguistics and Deaf culture.
  • Practical/Performance (signing): Evaluates the student's expressive and receptive signing skills -- both receptive (listening) and expressive (signing) - with vocabulary and grammar in a cultural context. The performance part of the test is a one-on-one signed conversation with a trained evaluator which is video recorded for evaluation and documentation.

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How long will the placement test take to complete?

You should allow an hour and a half for your appointment.  The performance part of the test is about a half hour and the written portion typically takes about a half hour to 45 minutes, though you have as much time as you need to complete the written portion.

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Can I take the placement test if I have taken SPH&HRNG 5714?

Yes, this is an option if you feel your skills may be appropriate for ASL 1102 or higher.  However, SPH&HRNG 5714 is not a GE language course and is not designed as an equivalent to ASL 1101. Taking the placement exam does not guarantee that you will earn EM credit.

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When is the test offered?

  • Twice each semester (Autumn, Spring, Summer) on the Columbus campus
  • During the 4th and 5th weeks of the semester
  • Specific dates and times are determined at the beginning of each semester. Contact the test coordinator to schedule your placement test.

Who do I contact to schedule?

Tia Jones. Contact at jones.2246@osu.edu or 614-292-5392.

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Is there a cost for the placement test?

No.

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When will I get my results?

10-14 business days after you take the test, however, it may take up to six (6) weeks for your results to post on your transcript.

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If I earn EM credit, how long will it be until my results are posted on my transcript?

Up to six (6) weeks.  Once the results are posted on your transcript, you may register for the ASL course for which you are eligible.  It is important to plan your schedule accordingly.

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Can I register for the following semester as soon as I receive my results?

No. It may take up to six (6) weeks for your results to be processed and posted to your transcript. You can register for class only after your results appear on your transcript.

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What should I do after I get my results?

  • If you do not test into level 1102 or higher and still wish to take ASL, you must register for 1101.
  • Students who test into level 1102 or higher will receive EM Credit for the courses below the placement. For example, if you test into level 1103, you will have earned a total of 10 credit hours for levels 1101 and 1102 (4 credit hours each) and can register for level 1103.
  • If you feel it would be in your best interest to take a class lower than the level you were placed, contact the test coordinator.

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Can I re-take the test if I don't like my results?

No.  In accordance with University policy, no Credit by Examination test can be taken more than once.

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What if I need test accommodations? 

In the case of students who may have a learning disability, need special arrangements and/or petitions, contact the Office for Disability Services. We will provide accommodations to the best of our ability for students who are registered with ODS.

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