Florida Educational Interpreter Project
EIPA Performance Test Information

Preparing for the EIPA Performance Test

There are materials you can borrow (free of any charge included postage) to help you know what to expect on the EIPA Performance Test! 

  • Go to http://dhh.materials.florida-ese.org/  Open an account.
  • Search for EIPA then select the level and type of practice you are seeking. They have materials which are similar to the classroom interpreting (sign to voice) portion of the test and materials which are like the student interview (voice to sign) segment of the test.
  • Then choose the level (Elementary or Secondary) you think you will take when you test. You can also specify the choice of language used by the students in the sign to voice practice DVDs: PSE, ASL or MCE. Most interpreters take the test using PSE (now called Contact Language).

Test Registration Information

All registrations and payments are now processed through Boys Town National Research Hospital's website.


If you plan to test at Crystal River, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, and Land O' Lakes are not eligible for financial assistance you should register directly with Boys Town National Research Hospital. 

Full-time interpreters are eligible for financial assistance for a portion of the cost of the Performance Test, regardless of where they take it. A coupon code will need to be requested from the EIP prior to your registration with Boys Town National Research Hospital.  All candidates who wish to receive financial assistance from the Educational Interpreter Proejct [EIP] must contact the EIP at eip@pasco.k12.fl.us to request the stipend. If you meet the elligibility requirements, that is, you work full time as an interpreter in the educational setting (K-12) whether employed directly by the district or are placed by an agency, the Project will pay 1/2 ($175.00) of the fee for the Performance test. The stipend is now in the form of a coupon code that is used at the time of registration. Registration and Stipend requests MUST be made no later than ten (10) business days prior to the date of the test. **The Project does not participate in the cost of the proctor fee or the EIPA Written Test.**

Please be advised: Stipends WILL NOT be awarded after registration is complete and/or the test has been completed. 

***Waiting List and cancellation options are only available through Boys Town National Research Hospital.***  

Please review the Test Schedules below before you register.  There are currently 4 locations: Crystal River, Jacksonville, Land O' Lakes, and Plantation with multiple dates to choose from. 

To register, click here!

The EIPA Performance Test fee is $350.00. Payment is due at time of registration. 

The Project will pay 1/2 towards the cost of the exam ($175.00) for educational interpreters, who interpret daily in Florida K-12 school settings. You must register with the Project in order to qualify for the financial assistance.  

The project will cover agency interpreters as well if there is verification of full time/daily status is required from agency interpreters. To properly verify please fill out the form below and send it in to EIP Coordinator at eip@pasco.k12.fl.us

Agency Verification Form

Test Locations and Dates

To schedule an exam date with an independently operated test location, you must contact Boys Town National Research Hospital at the following link:

Please be aware registration must be completed ten (10) business days prior to the EIPA test date.

Boys Town Registration Page

https://boystown.csod.com/default.aspx?c=eipawt 

Land O Lakes - No Proctor Fee

Current Dates:

September 25

October 16

November 13

Crystal River - $40 Proctor Fee

Maryjo Lawson, Test Administrator for Crystal River, FL  contact by email mjlawson@embarqmail.com or phone 352-795-5000. This location requires a $40.00 proctor fee. 

Current Dates:

September 16

September 23

September 25

October 21

October 28

November 4

November 18

Fort Lauderdale- $75 Proctor Fee

Dawn Zamot zamoteipa@gmail.com, Test Administrator for Fort Lauderdale.  Contact Dawn Zamot at zamoteipa@gmail.com or cell (954)868-3839.

Current Dates:

No dates available

Jacksonville- $75 Proctor Fee

*Please contact the LTA at: stephanie@theilrc.org to pay the proctor fee once registration is complete. The fee is due within 24 hours of registration. A credit card is required to complete proctor fee transaction. Test registration may be cancelled if proctor fee is not paid within 24 hours. Cancellation policy and fees will be applied.

Current Dates:

September 17

October 15

November 13

Test dates coming soon

Outcomes from the EIPA – Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment

The Revised/Standardized Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment is a nationally normed test to determine interpreting/transliterating skills for individual working in educational settings. The test developers have completed extensive reliability and validity studies on this instrument.

EIPA 1.0 - 1.9: Beginner

Demonstrates very limited sign vocabulary with frequent errors in production. At times, production may be incomprehensible. Grammatical structure tends to be nonexistent. Individual is only able to communicate very simple ideas and demonstrates great difficulty comprehending signed communication. Sign production lacks prosody and use of space for the vast majority of the interpreted message. An individual at this level is not recommended for classroom interpreting.

EIPA 2.0 - 2.9 Advanced Beginner

Demonstrates only basic sign vocabulary and these limitations interferer with communication. Lack of fluency and sign production errors are typical and often interfere with communication. The interpreter often hesitates in signing, as if searching for vocabulary. Frequent errors in grammar are apparent although basic signed sentences appear intact. More complex grammatical structures are typically difficult. Individual is able to read signs at the word level and simple sentence level but complete or complex sentences often require repetitions and repairs. Some use of prosody and space, but use inconsistent and often incorrect. An individual at this level is not recommended for classroom interpreting.

• EIPA 3.0 - 3.9: Intermediate

Demonstrates knowledge of basic vocabulary, but may lack vocabulary for more technical, complex, or academic topics. Individual is able to sign in a fairly fluent manner using some consistent prosody, but pacing is still slow with infrequent pauses for vocabulary or complex structures. Sign production may show some errors but will not interfere with communication. Grammatical production may still be incorrect, especially for complex structures, but is in general, intact for routine and simple language. Comprehends signed messages but may need repetition and assistance, and voiced translation often lacks depth and subtleties of the original message. An individual at this level would be able to communicate very basic classroom content, but may incorrectly interpret complex information resulting in a message that is not always clear. An interpreter at this level needs continued supervision, and should be required to participate in continuing education in interpreting.

EIPA 4.0 - 4.9: Advanced Intermediate

Demonstrates broad use of vocabulary with sign production generally correct. Demonstrates good strategies for conveying information when a specific sign is not in their vocabulary. Grammatical constructions are generally clear and consistent, but complex information may still pose occasional problems. Prosody is good, with appropriate facial expression most of the time. May still have difficulty with the use of facial expression in complex sentences and adverbial non-manual markers. Fluency may deteriorate when rate or complexity of communication increases. Uses space consistently most of the time, but complex constructions or extended use of discourse comprehension may still pose problems. Comprehension of most signed messages at a normal rate is good but translation may lack some complexity of the original message. An individual at this level would be able to convey much of the classroom content, but may have difficulty with complex topics or rapid turn-taking.

EIPA 5: Advanced

Demonstrates broad and fluent use of vocabulary, with strategies for creating and communicating new words. Sign production errors are minimal and never interfere with comprehension. Prosody is correct for grammatical, non-verbal markers, and affective purposes. Complex grammatical constructions are typically not a problem. Comprehension of signed messages is very good, communicating all details of the original message. An individual at this level is capable of clearly and accurately conveying the majority of interactions within the classroom.

For more information concerning the functional descriptors please visit the EIPA website.

Educational Interpreter Performance Test for Cued Speech (EIPA-CS)

The Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment - Cued Speech (EIPA-CS) is an EIPA tool designed to evaluate the voice-to-cue and cue-to-voice interpreting (i.e. transliteration) skills of interpreters who use Cued Speech in the elementary and secondary school classroom setting.

 

The EIPA-CS evaluates the ability to expressively interpret classroom content and discourse and the ability to receptively interpret cued communication produced by students (young children or teens). The EIPA-CS is a Cued Speech version of the EIPA Performance Test and joins a family of EIPA products that are not limited to any one sign language or system.

Preparing for the EIPA Performance Test

There are materials you can borrow (free of any charge included postage) to help you know what to expect on the EIPA Performance Test! 

  • Go to http://dhh.materials.florida-ese.org/  Open an account.
  • Search for EIPA then select the level and type of practice you are seeking. They have materials which are similar to the classroom interpreting (sign to voice) portion of the test and materials which are like the student interview (voice to sign) segment of the test.
  • Then choose the level (Elementary or Secondary) you think you will take when you test. You can also specify the choice of language used by the students in the sign to voice practice DVDs: PSE, ASL or MCE. Most interpreters take the test using PSE (now called Contact Language).

Test Registration Information

All registrations and payments are now processed through Boys Town National Research Hospital's website.


If you plan to test at Crystal River, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, and Land O' Lakes are not eligible for financial assistance you should register directly with Boys Town National Research Hospital. 

Full-time interpreters are eligible for financial assistance for a portion of the cost of the Performance Test, regardless of where they take it. A coupon code will need to be requested from the EIP prior to your registration with Boys Town National Research Hospital.  All candidates who wish to receive financial assistance from the Educational Interpreter Proejct [EIP] must contact the EIP at eip@pasco.k12.fl.us to request the stipend. If you meet the elligibility requirements, that is, you work full time as an interpreter in the educational setting (K-12) whether employed directly by the district or are placed by an agency, the Project will pay 1/2 ($175.00) of the fee for the Performance test. The stipend is now in the form of a coupon code that is used at the time of registration. Registration and Stipend requests MUST be made no later than ten (10) business days prior to the date of the test. **The Project does not participate in the cost of the proctor fee or the EIPA Written Test.**

Please be advised: Stipends WILL NOT be awarded after registration is complete and/or the test has been completed. 

***Waiting List and cancellation options are only available through Boys Town National Research Hospital.***  

Please review the Test Schedules below before you register.  There are currently 4 locations: Crystal River, Jacksonville, Land O' Lakes, and Plantation with multiple dates to choose from. 

To register, click here!

The EIPA Performance Test fee is $350.00. Payment is due at time of registration. 

The Project will pay 1/2 towards the cost of the exam ($175.00) for educational interpreters, who interpret daily in Florida K-12 school settings. You must register with the Project in order to qualify for the financial assistance.  

The project will cover agency interpreters as well if there is verification of full time/daily status is required from agency interpreters. To properly verify please fill out the form below and send it in to EIP Coordinator at eip@pasco.k12.fl.us

Agency Verification Form

Test Locations and Dates

To schedule an exam date with an independently operated test location, you must contact Boys Town National Research Hospital at the following link:

Please be aware registration must be completed ten (10) business days prior to the EIPA test date.

Boys Town Registration Page

https://boystown.csod.com/default.aspx?c=eipawt 

Land O Lakes - No Proctor Fee

Current Dates:

September 25

October 16

November 13

Crystal River - $40 Proctor Fee

Maryjo Lawson, Test Administrator for Crystal River, FL  contact by email mjlawson@embarqmail.com or phone 352-795-5000. This location requires a $40.00 proctor fee. 

Current Dates:

September 16

September 23

September 25

October 21

October 28

November 4

November 18

Fort Lauderdale- $75 Proctor Fee

Dawn Zamot zamoteipa@gmail.com, Test Administrator for Fort Lauderdale.  Contact Dawn Zamot at zamoteipa@gmail.com or cell (954)868-3839.

Current Dates:

No dates available

Jacksonville- $75 Proctor Fee

*Please contact the LTA at: stephanie@theilrc.org to pay the proctor fee once registration is complete. The fee is due within 24 hours of registration. A credit card is required to complete proctor fee transaction. Test registration may be cancelled if proctor fee is not paid within 24 hours. Cancellation policy and fees will be applied.

Current Dates:

September 17

October 15

November 13

Test dates coming soon

Outcomes from the EIPA – Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment

The Revised/Standardized Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment is a nationally normed test to determine interpreting/transliterating skills for individual working in educational settings. The test developers have completed extensive reliability and validity studies on this instrument.

EIPA 1.0 - 1.9: Beginner

Demonstrates very limited sign vocabulary with frequent errors in production. At times, production may be incomprehensible. Grammatical structure tends to be nonexistent. Individual is only able to communicate very simple ideas and demonstrates great difficulty comprehending signed communication. Sign production lacks prosody and use of space for the vast majority of the interpreted message. An individual at this level is not recommended for classroom interpreting.

EIPA 2.0 - 2.9 Advanced Beginner

Demonstrates only basic sign vocabulary and these limitations interferer with communication. Lack of fluency and sign production errors are typical and often interfere with communication. The interpreter often hesitates in signing, as if searching for vocabulary. Frequent errors in grammar are apparent although basic signed sentences appear intact. More complex grammatical structures are typically difficult. Individual is able to read signs at the word level and simple sentence level but complete or complex sentences often require repetitions and repairs. Some use of prosody and space, but use inconsistent and often incorrect. An individual at this level is not recommended for classroom interpreting.

• EIPA 3.0 - 3.9: Intermediate

Demonstrates knowledge of basic vocabulary, but may lack vocabulary for more technical, complex, or academic topics. Individual is able to sign in a fairly fluent manner using some consistent prosody, but pacing is still slow with infrequent pauses for vocabulary or complex structures. Sign production may show some errors but will not interfere with communication. Grammatical production may still be incorrect, especially for complex structures, but is in general, intact for routine and simple language. Comprehends signed messages but may need repetition and assistance, and voiced translation often lacks depth and subtleties of the original message. An individual at this level would be able to communicate very basic classroom content, but may incorrectly interpret complex information resulting in a message that is not always clear. An interpreter at this level needs continued supervision, and should be required to participate in continuing education in interpreting.

EIPA 4.0 - 4.9: Advanced Intermediate

Demonstrates broad use of vocabulary with sign production generally correct. Demonstrates good strategies for conveying information when a specific sign is not in their vocabulary. Grammatical constructions are generally clear and consistent, but complex information may still pose occasional problems. Prosody is good, with appropriate facial expression most of the time. May still have difficulty with the use of facial expression in complex sentences and adverbial non-manual markers. Fluency may deteriorate when rate or complexity of communication increases. Uses space consistently most of the time, but complex constructions or extended use of discourse comprehension may still pose problems. Comprehension of most signed messages at a normal rate is good but translation may lack some complexity of the original message. An individual at this level would be able to convey much of the classroom content, but may have difficulty with complex topics or rapid turn-taking.

EIPA 5: Advanced

Demonstrates broad and fluent use of vocabulary, with strategies for creating and communicating new words. Sign production errors are minimal and never interfere with comprehension. Prosody is correct for grammatical, non-verbal markers, and affective purposes. Complex grammatical constructions are typically not a problem. Comprehension of signed messages is very good, communicating all details of the original message. An individual at this level is capable of clearly and accurately conveying the majority of interactions within the classroom.

For more information concerning the functional descriptors please visit the EIPA website.

Educational Interpreter Performance Test for Cued Speech (EIPA-CS)

The Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment - Cued Speech (EIPA-CS) is an EIPA tool designed to evaluate the voice-to-cue and cue-to-voice interpreting (i.e. transliteration) skills of interpreters who use Cued Speech in the elementary and secondary school classroom setting.

 

The EIPA-CS evaluates the ability to expressively interpret classroom content and discourse and the ability to receptively interpret cued communication produced by students (young children or teens). The EIPA-CS is a Cued Speech version of the EIPA Performance Test and joins a family of EIPA products that are not limited to any one sign language or system.