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The American Sign Language Receptive Skills Test (ASL RST)

$ 230.00 CAD

The American Sign Language Receptive Skills Test (ASL RST) is intended for use with children ages 3 to 13 years. It measures children's receptive knowledge of ASL in eight grammatical categories, including number/distribution, negation, noun/verb distinction, spatial verbs (location and movement), size/shape specifiers, handling classifiers, role shift, and conditionals. The ASL RST includes a vocabulary check of 20 words, 3 practice items, and a total of 42 test items, and approximately 10-15 minutes to administer. The ASL RST package includes Test Manual, DVD (with video and picture responses), Picture Response Book (with video only DVD), and reproducible Score Sheet.

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American Sign Language Receptive Skills Test FAQ's

What will the test results tell me?

The test will provide you with a standard score of the child's receptive skills in ASL, or whether the child can understand ASL at an appropriate level for his/her age (in comparison to a sample of children normally acquiring ASL). The test also identifies the pattern of correct and incorrect responses regarding specific grammatical structures, thereby indicating strengths and weaknesses in the child's comprehension of ASL.

Do examiners need to be qualified to use the test?

Yes, although there are no set qualifications specifically for this test, it is expected that examiners are professionals (teachers, language speciallists, therapists, etc.) who are familiar with test procedures and have experience working with deaf children who use ASL to communicate. FLuency in ASL is not required, but basic communication skills in ASL are minimally needed.

How often can the test be repeated?

Although it can be repeated every 6 months, it is recommended that each child is only tested once per year.

How much time is needed to take the test?

The test can be completed in 15 minutes.

What if the child cannot complete the test in one sitting?

It is possible to take a break during the test. The test should be completed later the same day or the next day and definitely within one week.

What kind of equipment is needed for the test?

-computer (or DVD playback system with a screen)

-copy of the score sheet

-pen or pencil (for examiner to mark score sheet)

The test should be administered where the child can sit comfortably and watch the video in a room that is free from distractions.

What age group is the test for?

The test is for children aged 3 to 13 years of age.

Can I give the test to children older than 13 years?

Yes you can use the test with children older than 13 years, but you will not be able to calculate a "standard score" for these students ( there is no normative data above age 13 years, so you can't compare their score to other children the same age). You may be able to identify their strengths and weaknesses in terms of comprehending ASL grammar, which can help with programming and instruction.

Can the test be used with groups of children?

No, the test is designed to be given individually, with the examiner working one-to-one with each child. Once you purchase the test, however, you can use the materials with as many children as needed. So you can test a group of students, but you have to do it one student at a time.

Can the test be used with children who have visual problems?

Yes. Prior to beginning the test, the examiner will need to document the child's visual difficulties in the background information section and also check to ensure the child is able to visually access the test materials (pictures, videos). There are several "practice items" on the test that can be used to adjust the size of the picture/screen, distance from the screen, etc., to determine the child's ability to see the stimuli before starting the test. If the child is not able to adequately the materials, the test should not be administered. 

Can the test be used with children who have learning difficulties?

Yes. The examiner should document any learning difficulties in the child's background information section, and monitor behaviour (attention, distractibility, etc.) carefully during testing, but these difficulties should not prevent the child from taking the test. In fact, it is often very helpful to learn more about children's ASL abilities to determine the teaching and learning strategies that are most appropriate for them.

Can the test be used with children who have movement difficulties?

Yes. I f a child has movement difficulties and is unable to point to the pictures/screen to indicate his/her response, alternate methods of responding can be established with the examiner prior to beginning the test. These may include eye gaze, scanning, using a pointer, or whatever is appropriate for that child. There is no time limit in responding to test items, so the child should not be pressured to indicate his/her response quickly.

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