New Online Format for
the Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Exam to Increase Certified LSLS
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.
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
No. AG Bell is now working with an online vendor (Kryterion
Global Testing Solutions, www.kryteriononline.com)
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
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
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