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SLPA Practice Exam Questions

The following are sample questions for your review and study purposes only; they are an example of the types of questions that appear on the ASHA Assistants Certification Exam. Answers to the sample questions appear at the bottom of the page. Sample questions are not representative of the breadth of the material or the capability of candidates sitting for the exam. Please review the SLPA Exam Blueprint and the resource listing for exam preparation.

Sample Questions

1. An SLPA is qualified to serve as an interpreter/translator when they are

  1. able to orally communicate in more than one language.
  2. able to read and write effectively in more than one language.
  3. trained to interpret/translate from one language to another.
  4. trained to interpret/translate written text from one language to another. 

2. Therapy activities generated by the SLPA should be

  1. approved by the parents/caregivers.
  2. based solely on the client's/patient's or student's interests.
  3. evidence-based.
  4. low in cost.

3. The SLPA can provide direct voice therapy when following treatment plans or protocols that are

  1. provided by the SLP.
  2. provided by a respiratory therapist.
  3. found in the evaluation report.
  4. submitted by the attending physician.

4. Which of the following approaches is a speech modification strategy in fluency therapy?

  1. desensitization
  2. reducing word avoidance
  3. easy onset
  4. minimal pairs

5. To best support a 20-year old client/patient or student with a traumatic brain injury in age appropriate cognitive rehabilitation therapy, the SLPA implements

  1. dual task training by having the client/patient or student sort cards by color while responding to job interview questions.
  2. early memory recall by having the client/patient or student read a children's picture book.
  3. errorless learning by having the client/patient or student follow 5-step directions.
  4. sustained attention training by having the client/patient or student participate in hour-long sessions without breaks.

6. The positive behavioral intervention plan approach consists of three aspects; antecedent-behavior-consequence. The antecedent involves

  1. modifying specific aspects of the environment to prevent problem behaviors from occurring.
  2. teaching new skills to replace problem behaviors.
  3. providing responses to increase positive behavior.
  4. getting attention or a reaction.

7. The SLPA has changed the treatment activity within the therapy session therefore, the SLPA should

  1. inform the parents/caregivers.
  2. inform the SLP.
  3. make the necessary changes in the IEP. 
  4. stop the session in order to remain in compliance.

8. A client/patient or student appeared upset on the day of the treatment. She stated, “My best friend isn’t talking to me.” This is a statement written in a SOAP note. What area of the SOAP note would you find this statement?

  1. subjective
  2. objective
  3. assessment
  4. plan

9. The SLPA has been working with a patient that uses a dynamic display voice output communication device for six months. Therapy sessions have now begun to focus on greetings, ordering at restaurants, and reciprocal conversational exchanges. What has the SLPA been targeting?

  1. linguistic competence
  2. operational competence
  3. social competence
  4. strategic competence

Answer Key

  1. c
  2. c
  3. a
  4. c
  5. a
  6. a
  7. b
  8. a
  9. c

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