The TExES American Sign Language (ASL) Exam is a certification examination that is designed to determine whether or not an individual possesses the knowledge necessary to teach sign language in the Texas public school system. This exam assesses the individual’s knowledge of how primary and secondary languages are learned, the grammar and usage associated with American Sign Language, sociological theory as it relates to the American Deaf culture and community, characteristics of the American Deaf culture and community, and the teaching methods necessary to effectively teach American Sign Language to students. This exam is required in order for an individual to become certified as an ASL teacher in the state of Texas. The exam consists of 70 multiple-choice questions, 60 of which are scored and 10 that are not scored, that are related to the following areas:
- Language Acquisition – ASL Research, Communication Processes, and Primary Language Acquisition (Approximately 9 questions)
- Second-Language Acquisition (Approximately 9 questions)
- Methods for Effective ASL Instruction (Approximately 15 questions)
- Linguistics of American Sign Language – Grammar, Usage, Etc. (Approximately 12 questions)
- Sociology and Cultural Anthropology as they Relate to the American Deaf Culture and Community (Approximately 6 questions)
- Aspects of American Deaf Culture (Approximately 9 questions)
The exam-taker will have 2 and ½ hours to complete the exam and the exam will be scored on a scale of 100 – 300 with 240 set as the minimum score considered as passing for the exam. The American Sign Language Exam is only offered in a paper-based format and the registration fee for the exam is $82. However, there may be other exams and fees that are required in addition to this exam in order to become certified as an ASL teacher within the state of Texas.