1. What is the EIE?
The EIE stands for Educational Interpreter Evaluation and is a test that has been developed by FRID and given in the state of Florida since 1985.
2. Why do I need to take the EIE?
The EIE is an assessment tool that will help you on your path to certification. It is recognized in the state and in many districts it is used for hiring interpreters and determining their pay levels.
3. Is it a certification?
NO, this is not a certification, only RID offers certification. This is a credential that is recognized by many districts in Florida that hire interpreters.
4. How many times will I have to take the test?
The EIE is valid until June 30, 2015.as long as you remain a member in good standing of FRID, and RID. You may take the test as many times as you would like moving up in levels as your skills progress.
5. Do I have to take the test in order to work in the school system?
No, not all districts recognize the EIE as a requirement for hiring, you should check in the district you are applying to work in.
6. I understand that the EIE has undergone some changes since it was last given what are they?
Yes the EIE has undergone some changes they are:
a) You must take the written and pass before you can sign up to take the performance, the written and performance will no longer be given at the same time.
b) We will accept proof of passing the EIPA written test.
c) We are no longer using a live panel of raters.
d) Candidates will be video taped for both the interview and performance, and then the DVD’s will be sent to independent raters.
e) After the DVD’s have been rated results will be tabulated, feedback summary written and then the results will be sent to the candidates.
f) There will no longer be a required workshop, information contained in that workshop has been posted on the web in the form of a Power Point Presentation and FAQ’s.
7. What is the cost of the EIE?
The cost of taking the EIE is $30.00 for the written and $120.00 for the performance. You may pay for both of them at the same time, but only after the written is passed, can you schedule the performance.
8. Will there be anyone in the room with me when I test?
The videographer will be in the room during the interview portion of the test only. They will advance to the next question as you finish answering them. When all of the interview questions have been answered they will change the DVD and start the performance portion of the test and exit the room.
9. How is the test evaluated?
There are three portions of the test and each portion of the test is evaluated separately the portions are:
a) The written which you must pass with a 75% or higher.
b) The interview which you must pass with a 75% or higher
c) The performance which you must pass with:
i. 60% or higher to receive a Level I
ii. 75% or higher to receive a Level II
iii. 90% or higher to receive a Level III
10. What happens if I am late for my test?
Warm up and performance times are scheduled well in advance of the testing times. The schedule is set up so that each candidate has a given amount of time before the next candidates warm up time begins. If you are late to your warm up it will come out of your time. It is not fair to others who arrive on time to be delayed because you are late.