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Screen opens with the CASLI Logo: CASLI letterings split into two. One half is red and the other half is grey with “Center for the Assessment of Sign Language Interpretation” juxtaposed in between the split CASLI letterings. October 2021: CASLI Updates in black text

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Screen dissolves to show Sean Furman, white man smiling, wearing a grey shirt sitting in a black chair against a grey background.


Hi, I’m Sean Furman, the testing coordinator for CASLI. I hope this video finds you well, that you are staying safe, staying healthy and staying warm wherever you are. CASLI has been extremely busy with a lot going on. Now’s a good time to update you as to what’s going on.

I’ll start with the CASLI Generalist Knowledge Exam, also known as the CGKE, which has been administered through Scantron, our contracted company, since May 2021. Things have gone smoothly since then. Recently, we had convened the scoring committee to discuss the cut score for the CGKE. We are soon wrapping up with the determination. We will then start setting and implementing it in the CASLI Exam System. Once it is implemented in our system, then that means candidates will start seeing email notifications of their exam results. With that, I’m hoping that within the next month, month and a half, candidates will start receiving their exam results. 

Please know that candidates will receive two emails with their exam results. One of the emails will be for the Fundamentals of Interpreting multiple choice exam of 120 questions exam results. And the other email will be related to the Case Studies: Ethical Decision Making Process and Cultural Competency exam results. So, candidates will receive two emails with each exam result.

If you pass both, that’s great, then you can proceed to take the Performance exam. For Deaf candidates who are pursuing the CDI certification, they can proceed with taking the Deaf Interpreter Performance exam (DIPE). No GAP test will be required or needed. For the hearing candidates who are pursuing the NIC certification, they can proceed with one of the two options. 

Option one is the NIC Performance (NIC-P), which is a modification from the NIC Interview & Performance exam (NIC-IP). The NIC-P is the same test as the NIC-IP with the exception of  the interview portion which will not be included in exam. The interview portion is omitted as the CGKE already has an ethical portion, which means candidates (who have passed the Case Study portion) do not need to take the interview part as the focus would only be on the Performance portion of the exam. You can go with option of taking the NIC-P or you can wait to take the HIPE, the new Hearing Interpreter Performance Exam. The HIPE has not been released and I will expand more on the HIPE soon. 

For candidates who have taken the CGKE/CS, if they happen to pass one but not the other, that means you will only need to retake the one that you didn’t pass. If you didn’t pass both, that means you’ll need to retake the whole thing. The wait time before you are eligible to retake the exams would be three months from the date you took the test. Suppose if I got my exam results and I took my exam more than three months from the date I received the results, that would mean I do not need to wait to retake the exam. If I got my exam results and I recently took the exams less than three months ago, I would need to wait three months from the date I took the exams. I hope that is clear for you, if it’s not clear or if you have questions or need more information please reach out to me or Sami, our testing specialist. We would be happy to answer your questions and provide clarification.

Moving on to the HIPE, Hearing Interpreter Performance exam. We were supposed to start filming for the HIPE back in March 2020 but then the pandemic hit, causing a delay. After 18 months, we were finally able to start filming back earlier in October. We haven’t completed filming yet and we’ll be back in November to finish the filming. We look forward to completing the filming. Once we are done with filming, we will need time to edit, time for the testing development committee to review and make modification as needed, time to set it up and build it into the CASLI Exam System, conduct alpha testing to make sure everything looks good, and run the exam at test sites to ensure it works then it will be ready for release. The HIPE exam release date is uncertain. We’re hoping that it will be ready by winter or early spring. We will provide notification with at least 60 days notice so you are aware ahead of time. 

Keep watching for our updates, emails, and follow up with us for more details including when we expect the HIPE to be released. Once the HIPE is released, that means the NIC Interview & Performance exam and the NIC Performance exam will be retired. Again, if you have questions, need clarification, or are curious about what’s going on, please reach out to us and we’d be happy to answer. 

The next update is related to the five (5) years testing cycle. Many of you are uncertain about your testing cycle expiration date. We have already updated it on your RID account and CASLI account. Please go ahead and look in your RID and CASLI account to see your testing cycle expiration date as it should be updated there already. If you do not already have a CASLI account, please go ahead and create one. Once you have, please reach out to us and let us know as we’d be happy to add your testing cycle expiration date to your CASLI account. Any time you have questions or need clarification on your testing cycle, please reach out to us as we’d be happy to answer your questions. 

One last thing, the CASLI Board of Managers are currently seeking out people who are interested in joining the CASLI Board of Managers. We welcome anyone plus those who are Deaf and BIPOC as well. So, if you are curious, want to know more information, or maybe you’re interested or think of someone who is possibly interested, please reach Mikao, current President of CASLI Board of Manager. Her contact information will be shown at the end of this vlog. 

We are also seeking people who are interested in joining us becoming a rater for CASLI exams, more specifically Deaf and BIPOCs. So, if you are interested or know of someone who may be interested, please contact me. I would be happy to give you more information. 

So, that’s everything that has been going on with CASLI. Again, if you have any questions, thoughts, curious, or need clarification, please contact us. Thank you for watching. Stay safe and healthy. Take care.

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Sean Furman, Testing Coordinator VP/VRS: 571-257-4761
Sami Willicheva, Testing Specialist VP/VRS: 571-357-3896
Miako Villanueva, CASLI Board President, (in black text)