Limited Access Screening (BS Degree Only)
As a component of the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education standards, UNF has implemented Limited Access Screening to insure all students entering our final 48 hours are ready for advanced interpreting coursework.
Literacy as a Component of Limited Access
When we were designing a Limited Access Screening, we first mined our own data regarding students who were not able to finish our program. What we found was interesting and somewhat alarming. Notwithstanding students who have a native language other than English, the inability to comprehend written English, identify main ideas and salient points, and write coherent English sentences and summaries were clear indicators of course failure. What's more, ASL skills were directly related to poor English skills. Our conclusion is that readiness for advanced interpreting coursework requires students to have minimum competencies in English, ASL, and Cognitive Processing, so when you hear that UNF 'emphasizes English,' please understand that we base decisions on evidence in spoken and signed language interpreting that confirms literacy (in both languages) is critical to student success. This is the reason UNF applicants must pass English and ASL competency screenings upon admission and at mile markers throughout our program of study.
Following the March 31 application deadline, screenings will occur in April-May, with admission decisions occurring by May 15. The program has a maximum of 35 positions each fall.
The screenings require students to purchase a GoReact account. The screening involves (1) English and Cognitive Processing assessment in Blackboard, (2) ASL and Cognitive Processing in GoReact, and (3) Online interview in ASL and English. Ratings are calculated on standardized rubrics.