EIPA Written Test Registration Information Registration
2018 Test Dates and Proctors
For a complete listing of proctors, test locations and test dates, go to: https://www.classroominterpreting.org/eipa/standards/index.asp
Not every state has a proctor.
EIPA Written Test Cost and Registration Deadline
The fee for the EIPA Written Test is $250.00. A credit card is required at the time of registration. In addition to the test fee, a proctor fee may be due when you arrive at the test site. Contact the proctor prior to registering to inquire about possible proctor fees. Proctor fees are collected at the test site and paid directly to the proctor. Online registration must be completed at least 5 days prior to the test date. Before registering, please read the cancellation policy below.
The Proctoring fee is $35.00. You must bring a check or cash when you come to take the written portion of the test. Write check to: Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center.
To begin the online registration, go to: https://www.classroominterpreting.org/eipa/standards/index.asp
Cancellations must be made a minimum of 5 full days before the scheduled date and time of test reservation. A $40.00 processing fee will be charged for canceled registrations. Cancellations must be made online by logging into the Boys Town Learning Center account (created at the time of registration). Emails and phone calls are not accepted as a cancellation. (Step by step cancellation steps are below.) Canceling after the 5-day deadline or failing to appear for an exam will result in the forfeiture of your exam fee.
EIPA Test Cancellations Instructions
The Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) is a tool designed to evaluate the voice-to-sign and sign-to-voice interpreting skills of interpreters who work in the elementary and secondary school classroom setting.
The fee for EIPA Performance Assessment is $350.00, EIPA Cued-Speech Assessment is $400.00, EIPA Pre-hire Assessment $125.00. There is a separate Proctor Fee to be paid at time of test.
The EIPA evaluates the ability to expressively interpret classroom content and discourse and the ability to receptively interpret student or teen sign language. It is not limited to any one sign language or system. EIPA is used to evaluate interpreters who work with students and teenagers who use predominately American Sign Language (ASL), Manually-Coded English (MCE) and Pidgin Sign English (PSE); and EIPA-CS is used to evaluate interpreters who work with students and teenagers who use Cued Speech (CS).
The Proctoring fee is $75.00. You must bring a check or cash when you come to take the written portion of the test. Write check to: Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center.
Areas the EIPA Does and Does Not Evaluate
Some professional skills can only be assessed by administrators/educators in the school district. The EIPA does not assess the interpreter’s performance as a member of the professional team, how well the interpreter performs as a professional (i.e., follows professional guidelines), or how well the interpreter completes duties other than interpreting, such as tutoring and aiding.
History of EIPA
Before the early 1990s, the only available methods for evaluating the skills of interpreters were designed to assess skills in individuals who interpreted for adults, not students. Yet, there are many differences between interpreting for an adult and interpreting for a student in the school setting. For example, interpreting interaction in the classroom is different than interpreting a lecture by an adult or a conversation between two adults.
For years, experts have stressed that in order to provide deaf students access to education that was equal to that of their hearing classmates, it is essential for classroom interpreters to possess competent interpretation skills. School districts wanting to ensure that educational interpreters were qualified became frustrated with the evaluation options available.
In 1991, Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska responded by designing and piloting the EIPA. Today, over half of all states use EIPA to determine minimal competency requirements for educational interpreters. In these states the EIPA is used for certification or licensure purposes. Other states have used the EIPA for purposes of assessment and training.
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