EIPA Testing Information 

***As of July 1, 2011 it is required that all K-12 educational interpreters in Montana have an EIPA score of 3.5. See the details of the ruling here

What is the EIPA

EIPA is the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment developed by Boys Town National Research Hospital. The EIPA is a tool developed to assess the proficiency of educational interpreters.Testing registration is required. MT  OPI will compensate testing fees for interpreters working in K-12 settings (including substitutes) who have not satisfied the 3.5 score. Francisco Roman will handle the registration process.

EIPA Written Test

This online multiple-choice test includes knowledge of the following domains: child language development, culture, education, English, interpreting, linguistics, literacy and tutoring, professionalism and technology. There is a four hour testing time limit. Registration opens two weeks before testing dates.

Preparing for the EIPA Written Test and Knowledge Standards: http://www.classroominterpreting.org/EIPA/standards/contentstandards.asp

EIPA Performance Test

This tool evaluates the voice-to-sign and sign-to-voice skills of interpreters who work in the elementary through secondary classroom using videotape stimulus materials and a procedure that includes a comprehensive rating system.

EIPA Testing Contact Information

EIPA Test Registration: Please contact Francisco Roman at froman@mt.gov or 406-444-4426 to register for the EIPA written or performance tests. *Note: performance test dates for 2015 are October 24-25 so register soon!

 

NIC Test Site information:

Be aware that you must fill out an application and receive your Authorization to Test (ATT) letter from RID prior to setting up a test date with our State’s Test Site Coordinator.

Test Site: University of Montana

Where: Missoula, MT

Coordinator: Tammi Flickinger  
Phone:  406-243-2175

 

The NIC Candidate Handbook:

This gives you a thorough idea of the entire testing process. Eligibility information can be found here, and resources are given in the last few pages that will help you pass the test.

Download the NIC Candidate Handbook here

 

NIC Knowledge Exam Application:

Download a hard copy here

You can also apply by logging into your RID account. Click on “Register for a Test” in the Testing and CEU information section of your account. Payment can be made with a Mastercard or a Visa. If you do not already have an account create one at www.rid.org

 

NIC Performance Exam Application:

Download a hard copy here 

You can also apply by logging into your RID account. Click on “Register for a Test” in the Testing and CEU information section of your account. Payment can be made with a Mastercard or a Visa. If you do not already have an account create one at www.rid.org

 

Suggested Resources
(These are also listed in the NIC Candidate Handbook):

The NIC Knowledge Exam Sample Written Test – This is a great way to test what you know and where you need to spend more time studying.

“So You Think You Want to Be an Interpreter” – This book gives a thorough overview of interpreting and can be used to help you study for the test. The NIC Practice DVD 2nd Edition – This includes a replica of the actual testing situation you will experience. It is a great way to familiarize yourself with the process of the test. 

“1,001 Interpreting Scenarios” – This book is not structured to fit the new NIC Exam, but it will provide you with several perspectives to each ethical scenario in the book. This will help you think about the exam from both sides, which is something the NIC Exam ethical vignettes focus on. 

Also, feel free to contact the MRID board if you would like to borrow a copy of these materials to help you study. Good luck!