How to register: ASL placement assessment and transfer credits
ASL placement assessment
This assessment is free to University students (incoming and transfer students). ASL courses at University of Minnesota may not be equivalent to classes you have taken at other schools; as a result, ASL Placement Assessment is conducted to document equivalency and to ensure that you are enrolled in the appropriate course level.
Given the vast differences in ASL Instruction because of it being a visual language, all students interested in exemption or placement into ASL 2 and higher are required to schedule a placement interview. Students with limited to no experience do not need to take the placement interview and will be placed into ASL 1 (ASL 1701).
In order to schedule an appointment for assessment, you will need to complete this questionnaire.
- If you have no formal training in ASL, or one year of high school ASL, it is recommended that you register for Beginning ASL: ASL 1701.
- If you have taken ASL courses at a college or university level or if you have taken a semester off between your ASL classes, or have had two or more years in high school, please take a moment to complete this questionnaire and then it will lead you to a page to schedule a day and time for your ASL placement assessment.
Please keep in mind, even if you took the equivalent course at another institution, there are different course outcomes, number of credits, and ASL curricula vary widely across institutions. The placement interview has been carefully calibrated specifically to align with the courses and the instruction offered at the University of Minnesota's ASL Program.
Registering for a class after an assessment
After you receive your assessment results, you will want to start preparing for registration. You will be allowed to register on the date and time assigned to you by the Office of the Registrar, called a queue. It is important to understand that placement assessments do not guarantee you a seat in a course or advanced registration opportunities.
After your assessment, you will search the online class schedule for an open section(s) of the level for which you were assigned. After you have chosen a section (or more), send an email at email@example.com and the ASL coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a permission number to register for the course. In the email, please include the course section number(s) and the date and time of your registration queue as assigned by the registrar. At the time of your registration queue, and provided the section you chose has open seats, you will be given a permission number to register.
If the section you want is closed, a permission number will not be granted by the Program Assistant. However, you may contact the instructor of the course directly to inquire about a permission number.
Note that ASL placement results are valid for one academic semester. After that time you will have to retake the placement assessment. So, be sure to sign up for your language class sooner rather than later! For example, if you were given a placement assessment over the summer to take ASL in the fall but decided to wait for the spring semester, you will need to schedule another placement assessment in the fall to be able to register for spring.
Transferring credits from another organization
Requests from students enrolled at the University of Minnesota to earn ASL credits from another University must be pre-approved by the ASL coordinator with a copy of the other institution's syllabus and course descriptions before the course is taken. Otherwise, the credits will not be accepted.