ASHA Speech Therapy Exam

In order to be licensed as a speech-language pathologist, one must pass the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Speech-Language Pathology exam. This exam has been developed by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to provide a thorough and fair set of professional standards.

The ASHA SLP exam is divided into seven content categories: Basic Human Communication Processes (17% of exam); Phonological and Language Disorders (19%); Speech Disorders (13%); Neurogenic Disorders (19%); Audiology and Hearing (5%); Clinical Management (19%); and Professional Issues, Psychometrics, and Research (8%). The Basic Human Communication Processes category covers the following topics: language acquisition and learning theory; language science; learning theory; multi-cultural awareness; and speech science. The Phonological and Language Disorders category covers the following topics: articulation disorders; phonological process disorders; basic motor processes; and the treatment of language delays and language disorders. The section on Speech Disorders covers the following topics: fluency disorders; resonance disorders; and voice disorders. The Neurogenic Disorders section covers the following topics: neurological disorders; and dysphagia. The Audiology and Hearing section covers the following topics: principles, anatomy, and physiology of the hearing mechanism; audiological assessment; and auditory habilitation and rehabilitation. The Clinical Management section covers the following topics: alternative and augmentative communication; counseling; documentation and monitoring client progress; efficacy; instrumentation; speech-language assessment; speech-language intervention; and syndromes and genetics. The Professional Issues, Psychometrics, and Research section covers the following topics: ethical practices; research methodology and psychometrics; and professional standards and laws.

The exam consists of 120 multiple-choice questions, and must be completed within two hours. The exam score is determined by taking the raw score (number of questions answered correctly) and converting it into a score on a scale of 200 to 800. The ASHA has set 600 as the minimum passing score, although some jurisdictions may have elevated standards. The ASHA SLP exam is administered by the Educational Testing Service at locations around the country; prospective test-takers should visit the ETS website.

Last Updated: 04/28/2014

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