Classroom Interpreting

Frequently Asked Questions for EIPA Performance Test Only

How much does an EIPA assessment cost?

The cost of taking the EIPA performance test is $350.00. Local Test Administrators may also charge up to a $75 fee for their services.

Where can I take the test?

Many states are currently using the EIPA. To find out where you can take the test, see the list of state information and contacts.  Or contact the EIPA Diagnostic Center at (531)-355-5000 or eipa@boystown.org.

What is the test like?

The EIPA takes around two hours to complete. You will have a 35-minute warm up period before taking both the ‘signing’ and ‘voicing’ portion of the test. The test uses videotapes of actual classroom lessons and of a student or teen signing. During the warm up period you will complete necessary paperwork and be given materials (print and videotape) to prepare you for the test. You also will have the opportunity to choose whether you are tested using ASL (with some PSE), PSE (with some ASL), or MCE (with some PSE). You can choose between interpreting elementary or secondary classrooms. The testing materials have been created using typical deaf students and actual classroom settings. The videotapes are professional quality in terms of the audio and video quality, as well as the design of the videotapes.

Who will rate my tape?

Your tape 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 (made up of at least one deaf individual) will score your performance. The majority of raters have Bachelor or Masters degrees as well as national RID certification. 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 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. Raters may have varying observations related to different skills. Therefore, they must discuss each specific skill and provide examples to support their score. Because of this, each candidate’s tape is thoroughly viewed and fairly scored.

How long does it take to score my tape?

It generally takes rating teams approximately 1.5 hours to rate and report on each assessment.

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

Your EIPA results will be returned to you as soon as they are completed.

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 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? Can I grieve the scores?

The EIPA has 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.

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.