Classroom Interpreting

Frequently Asked Questions - EIPA Written Exam

How is the test administered?

The test is administered by EIPA approved proctors at approved sites. It is an online test.

What score is needed to pass?


How many questions are on the test?


How many questions can I miss?

There are not a specific number of questions a test taker can miss in order to pass. The questions are weighted so some questions are worth more than others.

What test format can I expect?

The EIPA Written test is an on-line multiple choice test. There is a 4 hour limit. After 4 hours, your test will automatically be submitted.

When and where are the tests being conducted?

A link to a list of dates and locations can be viewed by clicking here.
If you don’t see a test scheduled in your state, you may contact one of the proctors listed and request a date. (Proctors are required to set dates one month before a testing session opens.)

What shall I bring to the test site?

Test takers must bring a picture ID to the test. No books, cell phones, electronic devices or resources of any kind are allowed in the testing area. After registering, you will receive an email with a confirmation number. Please print this and bring it to the test site. The confirmation number will be your log in name.

How do I register?

EIPA-WT exams are administered in February and March, May and June, September, October and November 1 – 14. Registration will open approximately 2 weeks before a testing session begins. For example, if you were going to register for a test in February, registration would open approximately January 21.

To register, go to our website at Once you are on our website, select EIPA from the menu on the left side of your screen. Next select EIPA Written Test & Knowledge Standards. If registration is open, you will see the heading “Procedure for Registering for the Written Test” in red font. Follow the directions listed. If you do not see this heading, it means we are not currently in a registration/or testing session. You will need to wait until 2 weeks before the next testing session opens to register. (See the paragraph above for testing session dates.)

I registered for the test but I now need to cancel. How do I cancel the test?

The processing fee for cancelling is $40.00. All monies are refundable in full minus the $40.00 processing fee if the cancellation is received by 8:00 AM (CST) AND three full business days before your scheduled test date. No refunds will be issued for no-shows or cancellation received after 8:00 AM (CST) AND less than three full business days before the scheduled test date.

To complete the cancellation of your test, you will need to go to our online registration site and follow the online cancellation instructions. Go to our website at There will be a menu on the left side of the screen. Select EIPA, and then select EIPA Written Test and Knowledge Standards. You will find the link to the registration site under the heading “Registration Form”. You must log back into the registration form and follow the instructions for cancelling.

How shall I prepare for the exam?

There is no practice test for the Written EIPA exam. Viewing and studying our website at is one good source of information to help you prepare for the exam. At our website, you will find a menu on the left side of the screen. Visit each area listed: administrators, teachers, and parents, etcetera. On each page you will find information helpful to prepare for the test. Make sure you click on all the links on each webpage. Pay special attention to the EIPA Guidelines of Professional Conduct located on the EIPA Written Test and Knowledge Standards page.

After I take the test, how long before I will know if I pass or fail?

The written exam is a Pass/Fail test. You will need to score a 75% or above to pass the test. When you complete the exam, you will see a screen indicating whether you passed or failed. If you pass the test, you will receive your official certificate approximately 2-3 weeks after the testing session ends.

Am I required to pass the EIPA-WT exam to work as an educational interpreter in my state?

Each state determines their own regulations and rules concerning educational interpreter’s qualifications. Some states require both the EIPA Written and the EIPA performance test for all educational interpreters; some require only one or the other. The written exam is a pass/fail exam whereas the performance test is actually scored. States establish their own standard for what score is required on the performance. You will need to contact your state's representative with questions regarding rules for your state.

Do I need to have an Interpreting Degree before I am allowed to take the EIPA-WT exam?

No degree is required.

Which EIPA test am I required to take first, the Performance or the Written?

We do not require interpreters to pass the written test before taking the performance test.

How much does the EIPA-WT exam cost?

At the time of registration, you will be required to pay the $235.00 test fee. (Anyone taking the EIPA Written Test after January 1st, 2017 will be charged the new $250.00 testing fee.) A credit card is required. Proctors are allowed to charge test takers a proctor fee. You should contact the proctor prior to registering if you would like to inquire about possible proctor fees. Any proctor fees will be collected at the test site and paid directly to the proctor.

What if I have lost my certificate and would like a replacement?

There is a $20.00 charge for replacement copies of your EIPA-WT certificate. You will need to fill out a Release of Information Form before we can send you the certificate. To request a Release of Information Form, email

Can I register for the EIPA Performance Test with my proctor?

No. Some EIPA-WT proctors are also EIPA-Performance Local Test Administrators (LTA) but that is not always true. To register for the EIPA Performance Test you will need to go to our website at to locate the Local Test Administrator nearest to you. Once on our site, select “EIPA” from the menu on the left side of your screen. Next select “EIPA Performance Test”. A link to State Contacts and Local Test Administrators is located near the bottom of the page. The Local Test Administrators set their own schedules for administrating the test so all arrangements are made directly with them. The cost for the EIPA Performance Exam is $335.00. LTA’s may charge an additional test administration fee.

How can I contact my proctor?

A link to an approved proctor list is available on our website or you can click here.

How can I become a proctor for my state?

The number of proctors varies from state to state. Individuals wanting to become a proctor would need to fill out an application. What we look for when considering proctor applicants are:

For more information on becoming a proctor or to get an application, contact Teresa McEvoy at Boys Town National Research Hospital at 402-452-5042 or

What are the subject areas or domains covered on the EIPA WT exam?

  1. Child Language Development
  2. Culture
  3. Education
  4. English
  5. Interpreting
  6. Linguistics
  7. Literacy and Tutoring
  8. Professionalism
  9. Technology

Can I get my national certification after passing the EIPA exams?

RID is the organization that grants certification. The EIPA Diagnostic Center disseminates certificates indicating scores earned or tests passed. The certificate and report from EIPA confirms you have taken the tests and earned a specific level on those tests.

To be eligible to receive an Educational Interpreter Certification from RID you must have achieved the following:

  1. Pass the EIPA Performance test with a score of 4.0 or higher
  2. Pass the EIPA Written Exam
  3. Satisfied RID’s educational requirements. Contact RID for details about the current educational requirements.