NYSTCE American Sign Language

The NYSTCE American Sign Language test measures your knowledge according to the New York State Academic Standards. Success on this test indicates that you are qualified to use American Sign Language to communicate with students in the New York State public school system. The test content is drawn from these subareas:

Receptive Comprehension (25% of the exam)
American Sign Language Structures and Comparisons (7%)
Deaf Culture (8%)
Expressive Production (40%)
Pedagogical Content Knowledge (20%)

The test consists of approximately 50 multiple-choice questions and three essay questions.

NYSTCE American Sign Language Practice Questions

1. Who started the first school for the deaf in the United States?
A: Alice Cogswell
B: Benjamin Franklin
C: Helen Keller
D: Thomas Gallaudet

2. What is indicated by holding both arms out, with the elbows bent and the palms facing up, and then alternately raising the hands?
A: Never
B: Always
C: Seldom
D: Maybe

3. Many people repeat the letter sign for W three times to say _____.
A: Washington State
B: internet
C: Workers of the World
D: wow

4. What is indicated by sliding the dominant hand from the back of the other hand up the other arm?
A: Dead
B: Stone
C: Slow
D: Again

5. How is “o’clock” indicated in American Sign Language?
A: The wrist is touched before a number sign is given.
B: The wrist is touched after a number sign is given.
C: The thumb and forefinger are brought together before a number sign is given.
D: The thumb and forefinger are brought together after a number sign is given.

Answer Key

1. D. The American School for the Deaf was established in Hartford, Connecticut by Thomas Gallaudet in 1817.
2. D. This sign can also be interpreted as may or might.
3. B. Internet can also be signed by moving the hands back and forth, palms facing one another, with the tips of the middle finger brushing against one another.
4. C. The dominant hand only needs to slide a few inches up the arm to convey the intended message.
5. A. The force with which the wrist is tapped indicates whether the time is specific or approximate.