The EIPA Written Test evaluates the interpreter’s understanding of information that is critical to performing with students in an education setting. The test is an online multiple-choice test administered by EIPA-approved proctors at approved sites. There are 176 questions covering the following nine domains:
- Child Language Development
- Literacy and Tutoring
A time limit of four hours is enforced. The average test candidate completes the test in two and a half hours. The test fee is $250.00. Proctors are allowed to charge test takers a proctor fee. The written exam is a pass/fail test. A score of 75% or above is required to pass the test. Test candidates will be informed if they passed or failed the test at the test site.
Before registering for a test, it is the responsibility of prospective test candidates to review EIPA policies.
Requesting Test Accommodations
Interpreters requesting test accommodations must submit required documentation to the EIPA Diagnostic Center before registering for a test. Approval for test accommodations may only be granted by the EIPA Diagnostic Center. Test administrators may not approve accommodation requests.
Requests for accommodations must be submitted to the EIPA Diagnostic Center in written form on official letterhead. The request must include:
- Formal documentation from a qualified/licensed professional who has conducted testing or provided treatment for the disability or diagnosis, complete with:
- A statement of the specific disability or diagnosis
- A description of the disability and why accommodations are needed
- Tests or protocols used to confirm diagnosis
- A description of test accommodations prescribed for the disability
- The professional’s signature, title and contact information
Payment is refundable minus a $40.00 processing fee, provided the cancellation is completed five full days from the test date and time (120 hours). All cancellations must be completed by logging into your account on the Boys Town Learning Center. Although notifying your test administrator is appreciated, it is not considered a cancellation. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED FOR NO-SHOWS OR CANCELLATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE TEST REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED. REGISTRATION CLOSES FIVE DAYS BEFORE THE TEST DATE/TIME.
EIPA Written Tests are administered by EIPA-approved local test administrators (LTAs). There are four quarterly testing sessions during the year. Registration opens approximately two weeks before the testing session begins. Refer to the table below to see registration opening dates for each quarterly testing cycle.
1st Quarter Test Session
January, February, and March
Registration Opens December 15*
2nd Quarter Test Session
April, May, and June
Registration Opens March 15*
3rd Quarter Test Session
July, August, and September
Registration Opens June 15*
4th Quarter Test Session
October, November, and December
Registration Opens October 15*
* If the registration opening date falls on a Saturday, it will be moved to Friday, the 14th. If the registration opening falls on a Sunday, it will be moved to Monday, the 16th.
Registration closes five full days before (to the hour) before the test date/time. This also marks the deadline to withdraw from a reserved test slot. Registrants are responsible for reviewing all policies before registering.
Interpreters can register for tests by visiting the EIPA test registration catalog. Tests are organized by test type (written or performance) and by state. Interpreters are not required to take the test in their home state. The test is standardized and can be taken at any test site. If there are no tests available in your state, you may register at the nearest location.
Because registration is only available during the current test quarter, it is possible that test dates or locations may be added in future testing quarters, but once a testing quarter opens, no additional test dates will be added to that quarter.
Below is a list of all test administrators and their test site locations. If a test site or location is not currently listed in the test registration catalog, it’s possible tests will be offered at that location in the future.
Immediately after registering for a test, a confirmation email and will be sent to the candidate. It is important that registrants carefully read the confirmation email. The test administrator will also send you an email before the test date with additional information about that site.
All EIPA assessments are administrated by EIPA approved proctors. Below is a list of proctor requirements.
- Test administrators must adhere to the instructions as described in the Proctor Manual. To achieve valid, fair, reliable results for any standardized test, the test must be administered in an identical, consistent, "standard", manner by all test administrators at every test site.
- Proctors are responsible to maintain the security of the test content, login credentials and passwords, and protect test candidates’ privacy.
- Proctors are required to conduct a mock test 3-5 days before the test date. On the day of the test, proctors must arrive at the test site early to set-up and allot enough time to administer the test. The maximum amount of time candidates are allowed for the test is 4 hours, although most candidates finish in 2.5 hours.
- Proctors must secure a quiet and interruption free room to conduct the test.
- PC or Mac computers are required. Chromebooks, iPads or tablets are incompatible with our testing software and not allowed. The number of test seats offered during a test can be determined by the number of computers in the room. Some proctors only have 1 computer, offering only 1 test seat; while others use a computer lab and can offer multiple seats.
- Test computers must be connected to a secured private network; no exceptions. Using a secure network reduces the possibility unauthorized users viewing the test computers desktop. Most test sites have at least two Wi-Fi networks, a public network and a private (password protected) network. All tests must be administered on a private, unique user password-protected network.
- A Secure player must be installed on all computers used for testing. The secure player disables functions during testing that allow test participants to print or copy exam material, gain access to materials stored on the computer, and view material or information on the Internet.
- As stated earlier, the mock test must be performed 3-5 days before every scheduled test on each computer that will be used to administer the test. If the test site is not in the same town as the proctor, IT staff can conduct the mock test for you. Talk to the IT department before confirming a test site to ensure someone from their department will be able to conduct the mock test if you are unable to do so.
Click here to download an EIPA test administrator application.
Have any questions?
How is the EIPA Written Test administered?
The EIPA Written Test is administered online by EIPA-approved proctors at approved sites.
Are there any prerequisites or requirements to take the EIPA Written Test?
There are no prerequisites to register for the EIPA Written Test. We do not require interpreters take the written test before the performance test, or the other way around. There is no required sequence, nor does an interpreter have to take both tests. A degree is not needed to take the test. EIPA is an assessment agency, not a certifying or licensure agency, which is why there are no prerequisites.
How much does the EIPA Written Test cost?
The EIPA Written Test fee is $250.00. The test fee is required at the time of registration. Some proctors charge a proctor fee. Contact the proctor prior to registering to inquire about possible proctor fees.
NOTE: EIPA test administrators have been preapproved by the EIPA Diagnostic Center but are not employed by, nor do they receive compensation for their services from, EIPA or Boys Town National Research Hospital.