New LSLS Exam Format - Online!

 New Online Format for the Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Exam to Increase Certified LSLS Worldwide


The AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language is thrilled to announce an important development in its Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS®) certification process. The Academy is expanding test taking access to candidates who qualify for the LSLS certification examination by offering the exam in an online format to be available in over 700 testing locations across the U.S. and worldwide.

“This significant milestone in the history of the AG Bell Academy will expand access to the LSLS exam, thereby increasing opportunity for qualified applicants to pursue certification. It is our hope that this expanded access will provide greater opportunities for professionals to become certified, and help families and children with hearing loss everywhere achieve their dreams of opening up a world of communication," said Teri Ouellette, M.S. Ed., LSLS Cert AVEd, president of the AG Bell Academy.

The online exam format marks a partnership between the AG Bell Academy and a new test vendor,  Kryterion Global Testing Solutions, which will make the test available worldwide at 700 test center locations in 100 countries beginning in October of 2016.

Applicants will also have the opportunity to take the test at a convenient time and location and will be able to receive their test results just seven business days following the exam date.

The expansion to online access to the LSLS certification exam marks a dramatic departure from the traditional “paper and pencil” format that was previously offered at limited times and locations .

The AG Bell Academy anticipates that this effort could significantly increase the number of certified LSLS professionals serving children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families around the world.

For more information or questions, contact Robin Bailey, AG Bell Academy certification specialist, at [email protected] or Gayla Guignard, M.A., CCC-A/SLP, LSLS Cert AVT, AG Bell chief strategy officer, at [email protected]


Frequently Asked Questions about the New LSLS Exam Format

Is this a new certification examination?

No. The examination has not been re-written, but has been transferred to an online web platform. The exam will be offered in its traditional multiple-choice, 175-question format. Access to any Kryterion test center—where a computer and test moderator is present providing access to the secure, online exam—will allow most qualified candidates to take the exam close to their home.

Is the exam offered in languages other than English?

No. The exam, as is, will continue to be offered in English. Plans are in the works to update the certification examination. Provision of a new examination in languages such as Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic, in addition to English, is recognized as a significant area of need and will occur as resources (e.g., funding) become available to the AG Bell Academy.

Will the exam still be offered in a paper and pencil format?

No. AG Bell is now working with an online vendor (Kryterion Global Testing Solutions, and the exam will only be offered online. The examination is viewed on a computer screen and individuals use the computer keyboard or computer mouse to select responses. Individuals who are concerned about this test format or who believe they have a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) , have the option to request special test-taking accommodations in writing when they submit their completed LSLS application form to the AG Bell Academy.  All requests for accommodations must describe the accommodation(s) being requested and include documentation, such as a physician’s note, on official letterhead that supports the special need.  


How many times a year will the exam be offered?

Qualified individuals who are approved to take the examination by the Academy are scheduled individually to take the exam at a test center of their choice.  Applications will be approved on a quarterly basis, and individuals may make an appointment at their local Kryterion Center to sit for the exam at their convenience any time during the specified quarter.  Group testing will only be available at AG Bell convention/symposium venues. 

How do I find a test center in my area?

The link to access a list of testing centers is available at


How do I apply to take the exam?

Requirements for submission of the certification application packet have not changed, however, application deadlines will occur more often. Going forward, applicants will indicate the quarter in which they are applying to take the examination. Quarterly application deadlines will be posted on the AG Bell Academy website for potential test examinees. For example, if a qualified applicant is interested in taking the exam on a date that falls between October 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016, his/her application would be due in July 2016. If a candidate desires to take the exam between January 1, 2017 and March 31, 2017, his/her application deadline would be in October 2016.  Exact deadline application dates for each quarter are posted on the AG Bell Academy home page for the remainder of 2016 and 2017.

How will I find out if I am approved to take the exam?

As always, the Academy will notify approved exam candidates through email (or by letter if there is an indicated need) with instructions on how to schedule the exam. All other pertinent information, will be provided in that email. As an example, candidates who apply to take the exam between January 1, 2017 and March 31, 2017, will be notified by December 1, 2016 of their eligibility to take the exam during that quarter.

How will I find out the results of my exam? (Did I pass or not?)

Use of an online test format will give the AG Bell Academy and examinees access to test results much more quickly than has been experienced with a paper and pencil format. The AG Bell Academy and examinees will be informed of test results within seven (7) business days of the exam date.

What if I have already applied to take the certification examination that is scheduled for June 29, 2016 at the AG Bell Convention in Denver?

The examination will be offered as planned in an online format. If you already have submitted your application, you may defer your test date to the period between September 2016 and December 2016 by request to the AG Bell Academy.  Exam applications that are not submitted or that are not complete in their submission by the deadline of the quarter in which you would like to take the exam will be moved ahead to the next quarterly deadline.  One important reminder for applicants: Please plan on taking the certification exam within a time frame that will allow you to document completion of appropriate continuing education and other required hours and activities.