Why choose RSLA?

The Research & Resource Center with Deaf communities Sign Language Assessment (RSLA) Sign Language Proficiency Interview for American Sign Language (SLPI:ASL) is confident that we are the only entity that is located in Pacific Standard Time to administrate the sign language assessment. We provide SLPI:ASL service anywhere in the United States and US territories.

The SLPI:ASL is the only proficiency validated assessment that provides rating and comprehensive diagnostic feedback. The assessment will provide you a better sense of your strengths and area for improvement to continue work on toward higher rating.

RSLA values our relationship with you. We believe open and honest feedback is what differentiates RRCD Sign Languages Assessment (RSLA) from others.

What happens during RSLA SLPI:ASL?

RSLA SLPI: ASL is a one-to-one conversation in sign language between the interviewer and candidate/interviewee. Interview content varies according to the background, job responsibilities, schooling, and other interests of each SLPI:ASL candidate/interviewee.

What is the SLPI:ASL Rating Scale?

The Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI:ASL) Rating Scale is a standard scale for rating sign language communication skills that is based on highly skilled, knowledgeable native-like signers. Since each SLPI:ASL candidate’s performance is compared to this standard scale, not other candidates, the SLPI:ASL is a criterion referenced test.

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What does the SLPI:ASL assess?

The SLPI:ASL assesses a person’s skills in using a natural sign language for communication (function) and it provides an analysis of a person’s sign language vocabulary, production, fluency, grammar, and comprehension skills (form).

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What is the history of the SLPI:ASL?

In 1980 at the Third National Symposium on Sign Language Research and Teaching in Boston, Protase Woodford from Educational Testing Services, Princeton, NJ, presented information about the Language/Oral Proficiency Interview, an interview technique for assessing spoken language communication skills. Based on Woodford’s presentation, several individuals began to explore the application of interview techniques to the assessment of American Sign Language (ASL), including faculty from the College of Staten Island, Gallaudet University (then Gallaudet College), and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). Our application at NTID was originally developed and piloted for evaluating the sign language communication skills of NTID faculty and staff, with the first formal implementation of the SLPI:ASL occurring for residential staff at the Louisiana School for the Deaf.

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Where has SLPI:ASL use been implemented?

SLPI:ASL Training Workshops and implementation have occurred at more than 50 academic and vocational rehabilitation programs across the US and in Canada, Kenya, and South Africa. RSLA is proud to serve as one of two national sites to administrate SLPI:ASL.

There are two kinds of assessments:

The two kinds of assessments are the result report and full report. The result report will give skill level only and no diagnostic feedback. The full report will include the result, reasons that determined the candidate’s result, and recommendations on how to improve their skills. No diagnostic feedback will be needed for those who obtain the range of Superior and Superior Plus. We also offer expedited services in which we can deliver the candidate’s result within 24 hours with an additional fee. RSLA SLPI: ASL results are valid and good for three (3) years. If the candidate is not satisfied with the rating, the candidate is eligible to reschedule for a new session after six (6) months.

If any of the following occurs:

The candidate will not be reimbursed the pre-paid evaluation fee if the candidate cancels their RSLA appointment less than 48 hours (2 days before) prior to the scheduled evaluation date; the candidate does not show up for the scheduled RSLA appointment; the candidate shows up more than 10 minutes late for the scheduled RSLA appointment and/or the appointment will be canceled due to late arrivals impacting other scheduled appointments.

Preparing for the remote interview:

Please use a computer (desktop or laptop) with an ethernet connection. We discourage using WiFi connection. The candidate shall identify a neutral and private location to effectively participate in the session. There will be no additional participants observing the session. The chair shall be comfortable and it is strongly advisable not to use a chair that comes with arms, wheels, or swivel mechanism. Limit direct and excessive sunlight and no windows in the background is advised. The space shall be clutter and distraction free. In addition, there will be absolutely no interruptions during the session.


Buffy Reis, MS                             RSLA SLPI: ASL Coordinator rsla@mail.wou.edu | 360-980-8477 Chad A. Ludwig, MSW, ADAC, DI Director RSLA Program ludwigc@mail.wou.edu | 503-468-5724