Classroom Interpreting

Frequently Asked Questions for EIPA-CS Performance Test Only

How much does an EIPA-CS assessment cost?

The cost of taking the EIPA-CS performance test is $400. Local Test Administrators may also charge up to a $75 fee for their services.

Why does it cost more than other versions of the EIPA performance test?

The EIPA-CS is more expensive to administer than other versions of the EIPA performance test (e.g. raters are not local and must travel to participate in rating meetings). The higher fee helps offset the additional costs associated with offering the EIPA-CS test.

Where can I take the EIPA-CS?

You can take the EIPA-CS anywhere the EIPA is offered. Many states are currently using the EIPA. To find out where you can take the test in these states, see the list of state information and contacts. Or contact the EIPA Diagnostic Center at (402) 452-5000 and ask to speak to Bethany Koubsky.

How do I sign up to take the test?

To sign up, please contact Bethany Koubsky at bethany.koubsky@boystown.org. She will work with you and your Local Test Administrator to arrange a testing date. (Depending on demand, you may be placed on a waiting list for a time before your test is scheduled.)

What is the test like?

The EIPA-CS takes around two hours to complete. You will have a 35-minute warm up period before taking both the ‘cueing’ (expressive/classroom content) and ‘voicing’ (receptive/student cuer) portion of the test. The test uses videos of actual classroom lessons and of a student or teen cueing. During the warm up period you will complete necessary paperwork and be given materials (print and video) to prepare you for the test. You also will have the opportunity to choose between interpreting elementary or secondary classrooms. The testing materials have been created using typical deaf students and actual classroom settings. The videos are professional quality in terms of the audio and video quality.

Can I take the test after work? On evenings or weekends?

Contact your Local Test Administrator to find out what test times are available in your area. Make sure you pick a day and time when you can be well-rested and focused, even if it means waiting for a day that you don't have work, or taking a day off. The test is two hours long. You'll want to be fresh in order to do your best.

Should I cue when I take the ‘voicing’ (receptive/student cuer) portion of the test?

You are not required to cue expressively while voicing for the student cuer, although you may do so if you wish. Your rating will be based solely on your spoken English output. Remember that the goal of any interpretation is naturalness and message equivalence for the target language consumer. When you are voicing, the hearing consumer should, ideally, be able to close his/her eyes and receive the message without realizing it was mediated by you.

Who will rate my video?

Your video will be sent to the EIPA Diagnostic Center at the Boys Town National Research Hospital for rating. A highly trained, two or three-member rating team (including at least one deaf individual) will score your performance. All raters have at least a Bachelor's degree. The majority of raters have Bachelor's or Master's degrees as well as national RID and/or TECUnit certification; most are also nationally certified instructors of Cued Speech. All raters undergo extensive training. Rating teams also undergo inter-rater/intra-rater reliability review.

How do raters score my work?

Raters watch, discuss, and rate your interpreting using a specially designed evaluation form and EIPA-CS rating manual. Raters are trained to watch for patterns of behavior, rather than focus on minor errors. You do not need to interpret perfectly to obtain an excellent score. Raters, working together as a three-member team discuss the candidate’s performance on each skill assessed on the EIPA-CS. Raters may have varying observations related to different skills. Therefore, they must discuss each specific skill and provide examples to support their score. This procedure ensures that each candidate’s video is thoroughly viewed and fairly scored.

How long before I will get my results from the EIPA Diagnostic Center?

EIPA-CS videos are typically rated twice per year. This means that the time it takes from when you take the test to when you get your results can vary considerably. Wait times may vary from just a few weeks (if you happen to submit your video just before a rating meeting) to as long as 6 months or more (if you submit your video either just after one of the rating meetings, or just before a rating meeting that already has a full docket, leaving your video to be rated at the next meeting). When you contact Bethany Koubsky (bethany.koubsky@boystown.org) to schedule your EIPA-CS, ask about wait times. It may be that if you take the test at a different time of year, your wait time could be shortened.

Who receives the results of the EIPA?

The evaluation report belongs to the interpreters. Traditionally, the party who pays for the assessment also receives the EIPA results. In some states, the Department of Education pays for the evaluation. If this is the case, results are sent to the Department of Education for their record keeping as well as to the candidate. In general, the overall EIPA score and communication option (Cued Speech) should be reported to certification agencies. We believe that the report with its detailed feedback belongs soley to the interpreter unless the interpreter has agreed to release the report as a condition of payment. Each interpreter receives an official certificate with the overall score. This document may be copied to satisfy minimum requirements in states.

What if I disagree with the results of my EIPA-CS? Can I grieve the scores?

All versions of the EIPA, including the EIPA-CS, have been reviewed in terms of psychometric validity and reliability. We know that the rating teams are highly reliable. In general, obtaining a lower score than you expected is not a legitimate reason to appeal a score. There are, however, other reasons that could justify a grievance. Please read our grievance policy for more information.

Can I share my scores with other people?

Your scores are yours to share with whomever you like. We again remind you that you have signed a legally binding confidentiality agreement mandating the confidentiality of the testing stimuli materials. This protects the validity and fairness of the test for you and for others.