EIPA Written Test and Knowledge Standards

Brenda Schick, Ph.D., working with the EIPA Diagnostic Center at Boys Town National Research Hospital, has developed the EIPA Written Test and Knowledge Standards. This comprehensive multiple-choice test evaluates the interpreter’s understanding of information that is critical to performing with students in an education setting. The test consists of 177 questions and takes approximately one and a half to three hours to complete. This computer-based test is administered through the Internet. A passing score on the EIPA Written Test is not needed in order to take the EIPA Performance Assessment.

EIPA Written Test Registration Information

Test registration opens on the following dates:

December 16, 2019 for: 2020 1st quarter tests (Jan-Feb-March)
March 15, 2020 for: 2020 2nd quarter tests (April-May-June)
June 15, 2020 for: 2020 3rd quarter tests (July-Aug-Sept)
September, 14, 2020 for: 2020 4th quarter tests (Oct-Nov-Dec)

Test Dates and Proctors
For a complete listing of proctors, test locations and test dates, click here.
Not every state has a proctor. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a proctor, contact  EIPA@boystown.org.

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.

To begin the online registration, click here.

Cancellation Policy

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
  1. Log into your Boys Town Learning Center Account here.
  2. Select View your Transcript from under the Learning tab.
  3. Select the arrow next to View Training Details and then select Withdraw.
  4. Select the arrow next to the Reason field. Choose a reason for your withdraw/cancellation from the drop-down list.
  5. Add a comment if desired. (Adding a comment is not a required field.)
  6. Select Submit.

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to questions ranging from cost and test format to how to become a proctor, please click here.

Preparing for the Test

The EIPA Written Test is based on a set of knowledge standards that was developed by a group of experts, including deaf consumers, interpreters, interpreter trainers, deaf educators, and ASL linguistics.

The test is not a factual memory test. In other words, memorization of the knowledge standards only, may not enable you to receive a passing score. Application of knowledge to situations is necessary in order to pass this examination.

The test is also based on the EIPA Code of Professional Conduct for Educational Interpreters. The RID Code of Ethics is not the basis for professional conduct in the EIPA Written Test.

For information contact:

EIPA Diagnostic Center
Boys Town National Research Hospital
555 N 30 St.
Omaha, NE 68131

For information regarding test construction on psychometric validity, contact:

Brenda Schick, Ph.D.
EIPA Written Test Developer
University of Colorado at Boulder
(303) 492-7339 v/tty

The EIPA Written Test was developed with funding from the Office of Special Education, Programs of National Significance (H325 N010013), awarded to Brenda Schick, Project Director, Boys Town National Research Hospital, and with support from the Regional Assessment System establish by the Mountain Plains Regional Assessment Center, directed by Bern Jones.