Study Guide

Field 130: American Sign Language CST
Expressive Production

These assignments allow time for you to prepare your recorded responses. You may monitor your preparation and recording times by referring to the on-screen countdowns. Voice-over announcements will play to alert the test administrator to preparation and recording times. See the sample timer below:

Assignment 1: Narrative

Sample Narrative Assignment Directions

**YOU HAVE 3 MINUTES TO READ THE INFORMATION ON THIS SCREEN.**

At the conclusion of 3 minutes, the screen will automatically advance and your preparation time for this assignment will begin. You cannot advance until the 3 minutes are up. Monitor your time by referring to the countdown on the right side of your screen.

DIRECTIONS FOR ASSIGNMENT 1: NARRATIVE

For Assignment 1: Narrative, you will have 3 minutes to review the assignment and prepare your response.

You may take up to 2 minutes to record your response.

Your response to this assignment will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

This assignment includes several suggestions to help direct your response. It is not necessary that you address every point in the list, nor are you limited to the points provided. However, what you sign must be relevant to the situation with which you are presented, and part of your score will be based on the degree to which you elaborate on the topic by addressing either the suggested points or points of your choosing.

You must respond to this assignment in American Sign Language. Use of non-ASL signing, including non-ASL grammar, vocabulary, and sign production, may result in an unscorable response.

Sample Narrative Assignment

Competency 0004
Expressive Production

[The examinee will see on left side of screen the following directions:]

ASSIGNMENT 1: NARRATIVE

You will have 3 minutes to study the assignment below and prepare your response. Then the screen will automatically advance and you will move to the recording area.

You may take up to 2 minutes to complete your response.

Begin reviewing the assignment and preparing your response now.

_______________________

Imagine that you are discussing favorite plays and performances with friends who are in an ASL course with you. One of your friends asks you to describe one of your favorite plays or performances. Using American Sign Language, describe for your friend a play or performance that you particularly enjoyed. You may wish to include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

[The examinee will see the following on video on right side of screen:]

VIDEO SCREEN

  1. SCREEN TEXT WITH VOICEOVER FOR PROCTOR: You will have 3 minutes to study this assignment and prepare your response. Then the screen will automatically advance and your response will be recorded. You may take up to 2 minutes to complete your response. Begin reviewing the assignment and preparing your response now.
  2. SCREEN TEXT WITH COUNTDOWN from 3 minutes: TIME REMAINING TO PREPARE YOUR RESPONSE:
  3. SCREEN TEXT WITH VOICEOVER FOR PROCTOR: Your preparation time is now over. You should now move to the recording area, where the test administrator will record your response. You may take up to 2 minutes to complete your response in ASL.

    [Last screen text remains on video screen for 10 additional seconds (for examinee to get settled in recording area); then screen auto-advances. Examinees cannot advance off preparation screen.]

[The examinee will then move to the recording area. The examinee will see the assignment on the left side of the screen and the countdown on the right side of the screen as shown below.]

screencapture of sample test prompt

Sample Strong Response to Narrative Assignment

Rationale for Sample Strong Response to Narrative Assignment

The response effectively addresses the assigned topic and develops the topic using clear ideas and elaborates on several specific points. The response is delivered with a consistent flow of signing, few pauses, and correct articulation of signs.

The response uses the candidate's own words and effectively uses a range of vocabulary and ASL expressions, as well as stylistic and sociolinguistic conventions that are appropriate for the assignment. The candidate effectively uses a range of appropriate grammatical constructions, time frames, and sentence structures. Errors are minor and do not interfere with comprehensibility. Examples of such errors include inconsistency among the signs used to describe Pippi Longstocking’s hair, and some awkwardness and incorrect classifier use when introducing the topic of how they staged Pippi to look like she was running a long way by using a treadmill.

Assignment 2: Persuasive

Sample Persuasive Assignment Directions

**YOU HAVE 3 MINUTES TO READ THE INFORMATION ON THIS SCREEN.**

At the conclusion of 3 minutes, the screen will automatically advance and your preparation time for this assignment will begin. You cannot advance until the 3 minutes are up. Monitor your time by referring to the countdown on the right side of your screen.

DIRECTIONS FOR ASSIGNMENT 2: PERSUASIVE

For Assignment 2: Persuasive, you may take up to 12 minutes to review the assignment and the associated video and prepare your response. You may watch the video as many times as you wish during the preparation time.

You may take up to 4 minutes to record your response.

Your response to this assignment will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

Your response will be evaluated on the criteria above, not on the position you take. In your response, you must use your own words. With the exception of appropriately identified quotations and paraphrases from the video, the response must be your own.

You must respond to this assignment in American Sign Language. Use of non-ASL signing, including non-ASL grammar, vocabulary, and sign production, may result in an unscorable response.

Sample Persuasive Assignment

Competency 0004
Expressive Production

[The examinee will see on left side of screen the following directions, assignment, and video:]

ASSIGNMENT 2: PERSUASIVE

You may take up to 12 minutes to study this assignment and the video provided and prepare your response. You may watch the video as many times as you wish during the preparation time. When the preparation time is over, the screen will automatically advance and you will move to the recording area.

You may take up to 4 minutes to complete your response.

Begin reviewing the assignment and preparing your response now.

_______________________

Should children have their own smartphones?

Imagine that you are addressing an audience of college-educated adults. Using American Sign Language, respond to the question above. In your response, you must:

In your response, you must use your own words. With the exception of appropriately identified quotations and paraphrases from the video, the response must be your own.

To play this video, click the Play icon (). You may also use the Pause (), Stop (), and Replay () features and use the slider on the progress bar to navigate to a specific section of the video.

[The Stop and Replay features are not available in this study guide, but they will be during the actual test.]

[The examinee will see the following on video on right side of screen:]

VIDEO SCREEN

  1. SCREEN TEXT WITH VOICEOVER: You will have 12 minutes to study this assignment and the video provided and prepare your response. Then the screen will automatically advance and your response will be recorded. You may take up to 4 minutes to complete your response. Begin reviewing the assignment and the video and preparing your response now.
  2. SCREEN TEXT WITH COUNTDOWN from 12 minutes: TIME REMAINING TO PREPARE YOUR RESPONSE:
  3. SCREEN TEXT WITH VOICEOVER: Your preparation time is now over. You should now move to the recording area, where the test administrator will record your response. You may take up to 4 minutes to complete your response in American Sign Language.

    [Last screen text remains on video screen for 10 additional seconds (for examinee to get settled in recording area); then screen auto-advances.]

[The examinee will then move to the recording area. The examinee will see the assignment on the left side of the screen and the countdown on the right side of the screen as shown below.]

screencapture of sample test prompt

DO NOT click the Next button unless you are ready to record your response.

[If examinee clicks "Next" before the preparation time is over, the following warning appears in a pop-up in the actual test: "Raise your hand to alert the test administrator that you are ready to record your response. Wait until the test administrator is ready to record BEFORE clicking 'Yes' below. Click 'No' to return to your preparation time. Yes / No."]

Sample Strong Response to Persuasive Assignment

Rationale for Sample Strong Response to Persuasive Assignment

The candidate establishes a clear position on the issue presented in the passage and effectively supports the position with relevant information from the passage, as well as his or her own relevant ideas and examples. The response is delivered with a consistent flow of signing, few pauses, and correct articulation of signs. Overall, the response demonstrates a strong engagement with the topic.

The response is signed using the candidate's own words and effectively uses a broad range of vocabulary and ASL expressions, as well as stylistic and sociocultural conventions that are appropriate for the assignment. Ideas are effectively expressed and connected through the use of a broad range of appropriate grammatical constructions, time frames, sentence structures, and cohesive devices. Errors are minor and do not interfere with comprehensibility. Examples of such errors include setting up the location for discussing Norman Rockwell on one side then incorrectly switching to the other side, using two hands instead of one when signing about getting someone’s attention, and using the incorrect mouth morpheme CHA that was incompatible with the meaning of limited growth that was being signed.

Performance Characteristics for Expressive Production Assignments

The following characteristics guide the scoring of responses to Assignment 1: Narrative.

APPROPRIATENESS The extent to which the response represents the candidate’s own discourse, addresses the assigned topic presented in the prompt, and uses effective communication, including sociocultural appropriateness for the assignment
FLUENCY The extent to which the response communicates clear and coherent ideas delivered with fluency and ease of expression
GRAMMAR The handling of syntax and use of a variety of grammatical constructions, including space, classifiers, and constructed actions
VOCABULARY The extent to which the response uses a range of appropriate vocabulary and expressions
SIGN PRODUCTION The clarity and accurate formation of signs, including effective use of the signing space and accurate facial and body articulators


The following characteristics guide the scoring of responses to Assignment 2: Persuasive.

APPROPRIATENESS The extent to which the response represents the candidate’s own discourse, demonstrates engagement with the video provided, establishes a position on the issue presented in the question, and uses effective communication, including sociocultural appropriateness for the assignment
SUPPORT The extent to which the response supports the established position with information (appropriately cited details, quotations, and paraphrases) from the video provided and the candidate’s own ideas and examples
FLUENCY The extent to which the response communicates clear and coherent ideas delivered with fluency and ease of expression
GRAMMAR The handling of syntax and use of a variety of grammatical constructions, including space, classifiers, and constructed actions
VOCABULARY The extent to which the response uses a range of appropriate vocabulary and expressions
SIGN PRODUCTION The clarity and accurate formation of signs, including effective use of the signing space and accurate facial and body articulators

Score Scale for Expressive Production Assignments

A score will be assigned to each response to the Expressive Production assignments according to the following score scale.

Score Point Score Point Description
4 The "4" response demonstrates effective expressive production skills.
3 The "3" response demonstrates generally effective expressive production skills.
2 The "2" response demonstrates partially effective expressive production skills.
1 The "1" response demonstrates ineffective expressive production skills.
U The response is unscorable because it is merely a repetition of the assignment, not related to the assignment, not primarily in ASL, or not of sufficient length to score.
B There is no response to the assignment.