National Cued Speech Association

Expressive Cued Speech Skills Assessments

  1. Word-level
    1. Overview: The Word-level Assessment is designed to evaluate an individual’s 1) knowledge of the fundamental principles of the Cued Speech system and 2) ability to cue accurately and clearly at the word-level. Test-takers may cue slowly and repeat items without penalty. This assessment does not evaluate cueing fluency. Instead, the focus is on skills that are prerequisites for effective communication via Cued Speech.
    2. Components: The test consists of two sections, Task A and Task B. These tasks allow for the evaluation of fundamental Cued Speech skills in isolated words and in short phrases. In Task A, the test-taker produces single words in Cued Speech. In Task B, the test-taker produces short phrases. Accuracy and clarity of cues is evaluated in both sections. In Task B, appropriate use of liaisons is also assessed.
    3. Who should take the Word-level Assessment:
      1. Individuals who want diagnostic feedback on clarity and accuracy (e.g. people who recently learned to cue, long-time cuers who never had formal instruction, etc.).
      2. Individuals who plan to teach beginning Cued Speech classes and/or make formal presentations about the Cued Speech system. This test fulfills the expressive skills requirement for becoming a certified instructor.
    4. Frequently Asked Questions for the Word-level Assessment - click here to download the PDF!
  2. Sentence-level
    1. Overview of Test Purpose: This assessment is designed to evaluate an individual’s expressive cueing skills at the sentence level. To communicate effectively at this level requires not only clear and accurate cues, but also 1) appropriate use of the face and body to convey sentence meaning and 2) a steady cueing rhythm to minimize repetitions and other extraneous cueing movements. Time is not a factor, and test-takers may cue at any speed. This assessment does not evaluate conversational cueing fluency. Instead, the focus is on the ability to model single sentences effectively via Cued Speech.
    2. Components: The test consists of two sections, Task A and Task B. In Task A, the test-taker produces various types of sentences (yes/no questions, wh- questions, affirmative vs. negative statements, etc.), as if cueing to a small child. In Task B, the test-taker produces sentences with liaisons, as if modeling the liaisons for students in a beginning Cued Speech class. For both sections, areas of assessment include accuracy, clarity, and cueing rhythm. In addition, Task A assesses prosody, and Task B assesses use of liaisons.
    3. Who should take this test? Individuals who apply Cued Speech at the sentence-level, word-level, and/or phoneme-level in clinical or educational settings (e.g. speech-language pathologists, audiologists, etc.) or those who plan to teach intermediate Cued Speech classes.
    4. Frequently Asked Questions for the Sentence-level Assessment - click here to download the PDF!
  3. Conversational-level
    1. Overview of Test Purpose: The focus of this assessment is to evaluate an individual‘s expressive cueing skills in extended communication situations that require prepared and/or spontaneous presentation of information (e.g. classroom teaching, in-depth conversations, etc.). To communicate effectively in these situations requires cueing fluency, accuracy, and endurance, as well as natural prosody and speaking rate.
    2. Components: The test consists of two sections, Task A and Task B. These tasks allow for the evaluation of Cued Speech skills, both in structured presentation settings and in less formal conversational situations. In Task A, the cuer delivers a 20-minute prepared presentation on a pre-selected topic. In Task B, the cuer delivers a 5-minute impromptu presentation on one or more additional topics. For both sections, areas of assessment include prosody, accuracy, clarity, and speed as well as cueing form.
    3. Who should take this test? Individuals who cue extended communication (e.g. classroom teachers, parents, cuers who are Deaf/HOH, etc.) or those who plan to teach advanced Cued Speech classes.
    4. Frequently Asked Questions for the Conversational-level Assessment - click here to download the PDF!
  4. Taking an Assessment:
    1. After submitting the completed application with payment for taking one of the assessments you will receive the following test materials in the mail: a sealed envelope containing the test items, instructions, a Flip™ cam, a tripod, and a postage-paid box for returning all the materials.
    2. Each test has two tasks to complete.
    3. Use the Flip™ cam to capture video of yourself cueing the items contained in the sealed envelope which you will open on camera.
    4. You may cue with or without your voice throughout the test. You must say or mouth each target word/phrase without cueing before cueing it.
    5. The amount of time required to take the test will vary by test-taker. Some people finish in as little as 15 minutes, but we recommend you allow an hour so you don’t feel rushed and have plenty of time to make sure the camera is set up correctly.
    6. After completing all tasks, return the camera, tripod, and test materials back to the NCSA.
    7. Results of your test will be sent eight to ten weeks after the NCSA’s receipt of the materials.

Cued Speech Dictionary

The NCSA's Dictionary of Cued Speech for American English is intended to be a useful reference for those seeking to apply the Cued Speech system to American English. It contains roughly 1000 words that, taken together, illustrate the fundamental principles of the Cued Speech system. Click here to view this incredible resource. »

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