BEI Testing

In 2014, MCDHH began leasing the BEI (Board for Evaluation of Interpreters) certification exam from the state of Texas because of its proven validity and reliability. Rules were updated to reflect the changers to the new testing system, increasing the educational requirement to become an interpreter, and the number of hours required to maintain certification.

ELIGIBILITY TO TAKE BEI

To be eligible for certification in the Missouri Interpreters Certification System (MICS), each applicant must:

  • Be eighteen (18) years of age or older;
  • Have completed a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours from an accredited college or university before taking the written test of English proficiency, and
  • Have earned an associate degree and/or a minimum of sixty (60) credit hours from an accredited college or university before taking the performance examination.

An applicant who is currently certified the Novice, Apprentice, RCED, Basic, Advanced or Master levels by MICS and applies for a higher level of certification is not required to meet this educational requirement.

 A comprehensive study guide is available to help you prepare for Written and Performance tests.

WRITTEN TEST

The written Test of English Proficiency (TEP) must be passed before being eligible to take the performance test. The written portion of the certification process was developed to evaluate an applicant’s English skills and it is made up of five parts:

  • Part I – Reading Comprehension,
  • Part II – Synonyms,
  • Part III – Grammar and Usage,
  • Part IV – Sentence Completion, and
  • Part V – Antonyms

Upon passing the Test of English Proficiency, an applicant is eligible to take the BEI performance test. Each level of certification has its own performance test. An interpreter earns the corresponding level of certification if the minimum requirement to pass is met.

TAKING THE MO-BEI

There are three distinct Interpreter Performance Tests – Basic, Advanced, and Master. The tests are similar in terms of the sections they contain and the tasks they ask the candidates to perform. The tests differ principally in terms of their complexity. In these tests, there are several factors that add to the complexity of the tests:

  • Complexity of the language
  • Complexity of the topics and/or settings; and
  • Speed of the speaker or signer.

MO-BEI BASIC TEST

The content of the Basic test focuses primarily on the language found in routine educational and social service settings, as determined by the empirical job analysis of incumbent Texas interpreters. Examples of possible topics include K-12 classroom presentations by students or teachers, special school assemblies, homework assignments, school memos, informational meetings or orientations, and so on.

Components of the Basic Level Test include:

  • Expressive interpreting (spoken English-to-ASL);
  • Expressive transliterating (spoken English-to-signed English);
  • Receptive transliterating (signed English –to-spoken English);
  • Sight translation (written English to ASL).

MO-BEI ADVANCED TEST

The content of the Advanced Test focuses primarily on the language found in a variety of high-stakes settings, such as routine medical, social service, K-12 and higher education, routine mental health, and routine quasi-legal, as determined by the empirical job analysis of incumbent Texas interpreters. Examples of possible topics include postsecondary student and professor classroom presentations, professional develo9pment seminars, doctor or dentist visits, application for services, employment forms, counseling sessions, and so on.

Components of the Advanced Level Test include:

  • Expressive interpreting (spoken English-to-ASL);
  • Expressive transliterating (spoken English-to-signed English);
  • Receptive interpreting (ASL-to-spoken-English);
  • Receptive transliterating (signed English –to-spoken English);
  • Sight translation (written English to ASL).

MO-BEI MASTER TEST

The content of the Master test focuses on the language found in a variety of complex high-stakes settings, such as medical, mental health, quasi-legal, and educational settings as determined by an empirical job analysis of incumbent Texas interpreters. Examples of possible topics include patie3nt information forms, intake forms, contracts or contract negotiations, meetings with medical specialists, special education meetings, and so on.

Components of the Master Level Test include:

  • Expressive interpreting (spoken English-to-ASL);
  • Expressive transliterating (spoken English-to-signed English);
  • Receptive interpreting (ASL-to-spoken-English);
  • Receptive transliterating (signed English –to-spoken English);
  • Sight translation (written English to ASL).
Certification Renewal

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CEU Approval Request
  • It is a requirement to earn 2.0 CEUs, with a total of .3 focused on Ethics.
  • MCDHH offers two options for earning CEUs: MICS CEUs and RID CEUS.

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  • MCDHH is an RID approved sponsor and member.
  • RID CEUS are workshop offerings that offer CEUS that are recognized for RID and non-RID certified interpreters and members.
  • There is a $10.00 fee to host these workshops. (This fee is per workshop and to be completed annually. No workshops are submitted to the RID database as an “ongoing or indefinitely.” Payments can be made for multiple workshops at one time.)
  • Please complete and submit the following form, a minimum of 30 days prior to the workshop date, with necessary justification, copy of the presenter’s resume, to the Staff Interpreter for review and approval. ( See attached forms)

What if you are attending an event that is not currently established as a CEU workshop, but it applies to your scope of practice, and you want it to count for CEUs? :

  • Please complete an application for either MICS or RID CEUS.
  • Please provide all documentation available about the event/activity/workshop/presentation that you are attending to see if it falls into the about listed areas of study per MICS and/or RID.
  • Documentation of justification of HOW and WHY this event applies to your scope of practice, and should be counted for CEUS.

What happens after submission of a workshop proposal/CEU request? :

  • Your submission is received, and reviewed by the Staff Interpreter and Board of Certified Interpreters (BCI). If additional information is needed regarding clarification or justification, contact will be made with the contact person listed on the request form.
  • If approved for MICS or RID CEUS, you will receive a confirmation e-mail, with appropriate workshop forms needed to host your event (i.e.: attendance forms, certificate of attendance, and upload documents (for RID), etc.).
  • If your workshop is not approved for MICS or RID CEUS follow up will be made with the contact person accordingly.
Levels of Certification

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Skill Level Standards

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Conversion

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