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Areas of Study

Overview

At the Bilingual Evaluation, Testing, and Assessment Center (BETA Center) students, staff, and other community members will find access to reliable and valid language measurement testing to facilitate American Sign Language (ASL)/English bilingualism in their chosen fields. The BETA Center is a registered 509(a)(3) nonprofit organization.

Testing and Evaluations

Our center offers the following tests and evaluations to faculty, staff, and students at Gallaudet and the community at large.

Classroom Discourse Observation (CDO)

Classroom Discourse Observation (CDO) is an assessment that identifies not only ASL discourse and language but also bilingual teaching approaches and the visual interactions between the faculty and students. Classroom Discourse Observation

Teaching and Learning Support (TLS)

TLS uses formative assessment that consists of feedback intended to foster development and improvement within teaching. This test is designed to provide participating faculty with a Formative Report that gives the emerging ASL faculty helpful feedback to improve their teaching skills and interactions with their students. Teaching and Learning Support

American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI)

The American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) is a holistic language evaluation used to determine global ASL proficiency. It is utilized by agencies, schools, universities, programs, and employers. Register for ASLPI

American Sign Language Placement Test (ASLPT)

ASL placement tests (ASLPT) provided by Gallaudet University utilizes adaptive testing to place students into appropriate levels of ASL courses. The ASLPT assesses comprehension of ASL grammar, production, and semantics. ASL Placement Test

Programs

American Sign Language Placement Test (ASLPT)
ASL placement tests (ASLPT) provided by Gallaudet University utilizes adaptive testing to place students into appropriate levels of ASL courses. The ASLPT are administered and scored automatically and this process ensures greater accuracy in course placements of test-takers. The ASLPT assesses comprehension of ASL grammar,...
American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI)
The American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) is a holistic language evaluation used to determine global ASL proficiency. The basic precept in this type of evaluation is to find out through a face-to-face interview what an individual can do with the target language at a...
Classroom Discourse Observation (CDO)
Classroom Discourse Observation (CDO) is an assessment that identifies not only American Sign Language (ASL) discourse and language but also bilingual teaching approaches and the visual interactions between the faculty and students. The assessment also focuses on the students’ and faculty’s comprehension of each other...
Teaching and Learning Support (TLS)
In 2019, the Classroom Discourse Observation CDO program proposed the development of Teaching and Learning Support (TLS) resources for new faculty members. TLS is unique and distinct from the CDO evaluation. The TLS program was piloted with new faculty members only, with the aim of...

Contact Us

Bilingual Evaluation, Testing, and Assessment Center (BETA Center)

Laurene Simms

Fowler Hall 410

202-250-2587

(202) 651-5000

Monday
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed
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