For students who have had American Sign Language (ASL) courses within the past year before attending Tyler Junior College’s Interpreter Training Program or who know basic ASL, we offer a placement exam for ASL I. The exam is given by appointment in the ASL Lab currently at Pirtle Technology Bldg. T106 or T108 by appointment and graded by our full-time ASL professor. Please make an appointment with the lab assistant or contact Laura Hill, our full-time ASL professor, to make arrangements for testing. (You may also contact Rhonda McKinzie, the Dept. Chair.) We recommend all testing be completed by the Spring semester before entering the program. The exam tests your expressive and receptive ASL skills (not Signed English) with an embedded linguistics component. There are also questions regarding Deaf culture.
Upon passing the ASL I (SGNL 1401) exam with a grade of “B” or above, you will then need to complete the appropriate forms with the required signatures and pay the fee to the cashier’s office to have the course credited on your transcript. The fee is approximately $25. After this, you will receive credit for the course and can continue on to the next course in the sequence. ASL I and II and English 1301 are pre-requisites to continue into the program.