What is the application deadline for the exam?
There is a different application deadline for each exam administration. Each examination’s application deadline can be found on the Academy website. Applications must be uploaded or received by the Academy on or before the deadline specified for each test date*. Applications received after this date will be deferred until the next application deadline, without exception.
How do I find the application form?
Please click here to fill out a registration form and we will e-mail you with a link to download the application packet or packets that you request. The registration form is in no way a declaration of your intent to apply for LSLS certification, nor does it “begin” your application process.
What are the eligibility requirements for the LSLS Cert AVT™ and LSLS Cert AVEd™ exams?
For detailed information on the eligibility requirements, make sure to download and review the Application Packet and certification handbook.
- Academic (degree in speech-language pathology, audiology, or education of the deaf)
- Continuing Education
- Description of Auditory-Verbal practice
- Professional Experience
- Mentored evaluations
- Parent letters of recommendation
What are the fees?
The fee is $295 (US$) for members of the Alexander Graham Bell Association and $395 (US$) for non-members. Payment is accepted in US dollars only and can be made by check, money order, VISA, MasterCard, or American Express. Checks should be made payable to the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. Applicants will be assessed a $50 fee for bounced checks or declined credit cards. Payment must be submitted with the application.
When will I know if I've met the eligibility requirements to sit for the exam?
The Academy will contact each professional seeking certification within 30 days of the scheduled examination date and inform them of their status. Those who have met the eligibility requirements will be provided with all of the information necessary to take the exam.
What is the format of the exams?
The exam takes 4 hours to complete with 175 multiple-choice questions. The body of knowledge found on the LSLS examination can be referenced here.
What is Academy's refund policy?
Should an application be incomplete or fail to meet eligibility requirements, the application fee will be refunded to the applicant, less an administrative fee of $75 (U.S.). Application materials will not be returned. No other exceptions or refunds will be made.
What is Academy's policy regarding exam deferrals?
If an applicant has been accepted as an exam candidate, but cannot take the written examination, they may request (in writing) to be allowed to sit for the next examination the following year. Deferrals require a $50 processing fee. Professionals seeking certification may defer taking the examination for only one year. Deferral requests must be received in writing at least fourteen (14) days prior to the examination date. Should candidates defer, the Academy will hold the application fee until the following year. If a professional seeking certification does not take the exam within the 12-month deferment period, they will forfeit their application fee. Professionals seeking certification who do not sit for the exam after the 12 months deferment period and wish to take the exam at a later date must submit a new application, including all fees and documentation required at the time of resubmission.
What is Academy's policy regarding exam cancellations?
Professionals seeking certification who are unable to take a scheduled exam may request to cancel their exam and receive a 50% refund of their application fee. Refund requests must be submitted to the Academy at least 14 calendar days prior to the exam. There is no fee for canceling your exam, but note that you will only receive a 50% refund of your application fee. Candidates who do not request a refund and do not sit for the exam forfeit all fees. Application fees may not be transferred.
If I don't pass the exam, when may I take it again?
Applicants who are not successful on the LSLS examination will receive a diagnostic report showing areas of strength and weakness within the nine domains of knowledge. Professionals seeking certification who do not pass the examination after three (3) attempts must submit new application form and the current examination fee must be submitted each time the examination is taken.
What are the continuing education requirements for certification renewal?
For information on the requirements for recertification please review the Recertification Policy.
If you have any other questions or need more information, please contact the Academy at (202) 204-4700.
*All applications must be uploaded by the application deadline as stated on the AG Bell Academy’s website. Late applications will not be reviewed until the next available application deadline, without exception.