CASLI Director of Testing Updates

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My name is Star Grieser and I’m the Director of Testing here at CASLI, the Center for the Assessment of Sign Language Interpretation. As you may be aware, CASLI has been going through – and continues to  go through – a lot of changes and transitions these days. We were incredibly busy in 2019 and will continue to be busy this year as we undergo two major transitions in the national interpreter certification exams. These two transitions include the transition in test delivery and transition in iterations, or versions, of the national interpreter certification exams.

Test Delivery:

Our testing delivery system – or how we administer our exams to our candidates – is in the works for all of our exams. As you might know, we currently administered three interpreter certifications exams. These are:

The NIC-Interview and Performance Exam – We have moved this exam over our new platform: The CASLI Exam System (CES). We announced this platform last fall and encouraged our candidates to register and sign up for an account in Once candidates are eligible to take their NIC Interview and Performance Exam, they may email us at to have us verify their eligibility and then once we do, we will add an exam in CES for them to register, pay for and then up their exam appointments with a Local Test Administrator.  

The NIC-Knowledge exam – We contract with ScanTron (formerly Castle Worldwide) and have decided to continue our contract with ScanTron until we are able to offer more test sites nationally for our knowledge exam. Candidates can register and pay for their NIC-Knowledge Exam through their account in RID Member Portal.

The CDI-Knowledge Exam – this is currently administered using Local Test Administrators that we contract with directly. This is still a paper and pencil. Candidates can register and pay for the CDL-Knowledge exam through their RID Member Portal. If they uploaded their audiograms and documentation of the prerequisite 40-hours of interpreter training to their member portal, please email us a 

We’re also still working on test development and anticipate having the new CASLI Generalist Knowledge Exam released in spring of 2020.We’ve been filming and editing and wrapping up the development of the performance exams and anticipate releasing those on our CASLI Exam System by this spring or early summer of 2020. The CASLI Team, Sean and I, plus the Testing Committee and the CASLI Board of Managers are all working very hard to make sure we create a strong exam and testing system for all of our candidates.

If you every have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at: Star Grieser, or vp/vrs 703-988-4543, or our Testing Coordinator, Sean Furman at or vp/vrs 571-257-4761.

Thanks for watching and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Testing Coordinator Call for Test Site Applications

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Hello, I’m Sean Furman, Testing Coordinator for CASLI (Center for the Assessment of Sign Language Interpretation). This announcement is related to LTA (Local Testing Administrators) that we have been working on to implement LTA sites across the USA. Presently, we have about 30 testing sites already greenlit, ready to administer the NIC Performance exam to interpreters across the nation. Meanwhile, we still have more LTA sites in progress of being set up, we also recognize and realized that we need more testing sites all over the USA. So that is where we need your help and support. How to do that? Different places such as Schools for the Deaf, Deaf services organizations/agencies, Interpreting Training Program at
colleges/universities, interpreting agencies and so on that could be possible good testing sites, if you know any, please let us know. I will be happy to contact them or encourage them to contact me.

If they want to know more about the process of becoming an LTA site, they can contact me at my email It is our goal to expand our LTA network as much as possible to support you the interpreter community, with the ability to take your exam. Without your support, this would not be possible. Also, please know that we are working as quickly as possible in expanding our LTA network.

Thank you for your support and thank you for watching. Have a great day.