This manual contains a copy of the profile upon which scores from the Basic Cued Speech Proficiency Rating (BCSPR) are tabulated, Copies of test items (Forms A, B, C, and D) and scoring procedures for these test items are not included. The BCSPR is only available to qualified examiners who have been trained and certified to administer the test.

The BCSPR was designed to serve two functions:

  1. Evaluate the current proficiency level of an individual cuer, and
  2. Provide a diagnostic profile of cueing skills achieved and skills which need further development.
The test was standardized on a population of fifty-six cuers who ranged from beginners to experts. The results of experimental testing were validated by a panel of five nationally recognized instructors of Cued Speech (including Dr. Cornett). It has been established that the rating provided by the BCSPR serves as an objective guide to the proficiency levels of cuers. Therefore, such ratings could be extremely helpful in assessing the competency of those who wish to function professionally as interpreters, instructors, or clinicians with the hearing impaired. Ratings can also be used to measure progress of individuals. Parents who cue have a right to know how accurate and fluent they are as visual/oral language models for their children. Don't pass up an opportunity to take the BCSPR!

The second function of the BVSPR is probably more important to the readers of this manual because it spells out both the Proficiency Goals which challenge every cuer and the Error Factors which commonly stand between the novice cuer and the skills which he/she would like to achieve. Essentially this manual is organized around the Proficiency Goals and Error Factors of the BCSPR. A quick glance at the profile headings and the table of contents for this manual will confirm this fact.

When you examine the printed profile, notice that Error Factors (EF) have different weightings (numbers along the left margin) for scoring purposes, and a few Error Factors which are primarily diagnostic and have no weightings at all. The non-weighted EF help the person tested to "zero in" on whatever may be causing specific cueing problems. Weighted EF do the same thing, of course, except that the weights also indicate the seriousness of the problem in terms of ultimate proficiency.

To illustrate how individual Proficiency Goal (PG) ratings are computed, let's examine the PG-1 rating of John Doe:

PG-1__6__Vowels and diphthongs are clearly and accurately cued
with correct speech synchronization.
2-2 EF-A__0__Fingers occlude lips while cueing.
1-2 EF-B__1___Fingers curve inward for throat position.
1-2 EF-C__0___Side position to far away from face and too high____
or too low_____. Throat position too low_____.
2-2 EF-D_2___Extraneous hand movements affect clarity of cues.
5-6 EF-E__2__Vowel positions incorrect (list)_/aw/_ /uh/_ /a/_/i/_/oo/ __.
3-4 EF-F_0___For side vowels forward motion for /ah/ and /oh/ or
downward movement for /uh/ is incorrect or unclear.
3-4 EF-G__1__Diphthongs inaccurately cued (list):__/oi/________
5-6 EF-H__1__Vowel/hand synchronization is imprecise:
Hand position ahead of spoken vowels or diphthongs.______
Hand position delayed for vowels or diphthongs.___1______
3-4 EF-I_1___Regional dialect differences require resolution of
certain positions (e.g., "spa," "spot," "law").

John Doe occasionally (less than 15% of the time) curves his fingers in toward the throat (EF-B), so he scores a [1] which is weighted [1]. Finger curving is a problem for him -- but not very serious. He needs a bit of directed practice and self-monitoring.

But John also has many vowel cueing errors (EF-E) and scores a [2] which is heavily weighted [6]. If John ever hopes to be a "Proficient" or "Mini-Proficient" cuer, he must develop vowel cueing accuracy!

He has occasional synchronization problems (EF-H) with vowels so scores a [] which is weighted [5].

Now look back to the top (PG-1) for his overall rating. Why is it a [6]? Answer: because his worst weighted score becomes his Proficiency Goal rating for that section of the test.

Let's suppose that John Doe works hard on vowel accuracy (EF-E) and vowel/hand synchronization (EF-H), takes the BCSPR over again, and now scores [0] for EF-E and EF-H; all the other scores stay the same. What will his revised rating be for PG-1? Answer: a [3] because his worst weighted score is now no higher than [3] (see EF-G and EF-I). John Doe now has a much better chance of achieving "Proficiency" -- but minor problems remain. Hopefullyhe will return to those sections of this manual which can help him develop specific further skills.

For those who haven't taken the BCSPR the printed profile can serve as an objective reminder of what it takes to be a truly "Proficient" cuer. The manual itself provides the practice materials which would serve as a guided, purposeful program for steady improvement of skills.

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