About This Test
The Speech-Language Pathology test measures knowledge important for independent practice as a speech-language pathologist in all primary employment settings, including schools, hospitals, clinics, private practice, etc. The examination assesses knowledge important for the beginning practitioner in all primary employment settings. The examination is typically taken by examinees who are in or who have completed a master's degree program. Recognized as the national examination in speech-language pathology, the test is one of several requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA, 2200 Research Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20850). Some states use the examination as part of the licensure procedure. Examinees may obtain complete information about certification or licensure from the authority or state or local agency from which certification or licensure is sought.
The 120 multiple-choice test questions focus on content related to the major practice areas of basic human communication processes, phonological and language disorders, speech disorders, neurogenic disorders, audiology/hearing, clinical management, and professional issues/psychometrics/research. Case studies assess the examinee's knowledge of possible applications to clinical situations and issues. Research articles are included to assess the examinee's ability to synthesize information and to apply it to specific examples.
The distribution of the test questions across the areas of practice was based on a national survey, commissioned by ASHA, of speech-language pathologists in a variety of employment settings. The Speech-Language Pathology is regularly updated in order to take into account new developments in thie field.
This test may contain some questions that will not count toward your score.