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EIPA Testing

The South Carolina Educational Interpreting Center (SCEIC) as part of its partnership between Clemson University and the South Carolina Department of Education administers Educational Interpreter Performance Assessments (EIPA) and Educational Interpreter Knowledge Assessments (EIPA:WT) for educational interpreters working in South Carolina.

The SCEIC prepays for all EIPA performance and written tests and cannot receive a refund if the registrant does not show up for the test date they have selected. After registering and once given a test time, the test taker is required to attend the test on the date registered for.

The family of Educational Interpreter Performance Assessments (EIPA) have become the national standard for assessing Educational Interpreters. School districts in several states are no longer permitted to hire staff with minimal sign language skills for children who are deaf - educational interpreters who score less than an EIPA 3.0 are considered unqualified and are not able to provide access to an Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).  Such signers place the educational rights of deaf children at risk.

The Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) evaluates the ASL-English skills of interpreters working in elementary through secondary settings.

An Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) score assesses how well an interpreter is able to convey the classroom content in the following domain areas:

ASL to English: Interpreting a series of classroom lectures

English to ASL: Interpreting an interview with a student who is deaf

Vocabulary: Assessment of the vocabulary, fingerspelling, and number production and reception

Overall Factors: Assessment of the overall factors within the interpreted product

The Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) is an important assessment because it provides very helpful and detailed feedback interpreters can use to create an action plan for improved interpreting performance.

For more information regarding the EIPA rating system, visit: