SAMPLE CDI KNOWLEDGE EXAM QUESTIONS

These are some sample questions from the RID CDI Written Test Booklet and DVD written by RID based on a national job analysis of Deaf interpreters conducted in 1997. These questions are to serve as an example of the question types and format a candidate may see on the CDI Knowledge Exam and are not necessarily questions included in the current CDI Knowledge Exam. These sample questions are also not meant to indicate or reflect what one may score on the actual CDI Knowledge Exam. Click on  hyperlinked to view the ASL version of these sample questions and multiple choice answers. For the correct answers to these sample questions, scroll to the bottom of this page.

1. A Certified Deaf Interpreter has been hired though a hiring agency to provide interpreting services. If the consumer asks you how s/he can use your services again, the Certified Deaf Interpreter should:

a. have him/her contact the hiring agency.
b. give him/her a card with your personal phone number.
c.  ask him/her to contact the state RID chapter.
d. encourage him/her to call you directly.

2. Which of the following situations is inappropriate according to RID’s Code of Professional Conduct?

a. Declining an assignment for a funeral because of feelings of personal discomfort.
b. Interpreting for an immediate family member in a legal setting.
c. Accepting an assignment with a deaf person whom you know personally.
d. Rejecting an assignment for a person you have previously worked with.

3. When working with a developmentally disabled person with some language abilities, it may be useful to do all of the following EXCEPT use?

a. Any props in the room
b. Pictures
c. Fingerspelling
d. Gestures

4. The steps of the interpreting process are made in the following order:

a. Analyze speaker message; discard the form of the message; search for message equivalence; compose a new utterance.
b. Analyze speaker message; search for message equivalence; discard the form of the message; compose a new utterance.
c. Discard the form of the message; analyze speaker usage; search for message equivalence; compose a new utterance.
c. Search for message equivalence; discard the form of the message; compose a new utterance; analyze speaker message.

5. When a Certified Deaf Interpreter interprets the Pledge of Allegiance, the register would MOST likely be:

a. Informal
b. Frozen
c. Intimate
d. Consultative

6. A Certified Deaf Interpreter and hearing interpreter are working together in a medical setting. The Certified Deaf Interpreter interprets between the hearing interpreter and the deaf couple. Which type of interpreting is being used?

a. Mirror interpreting
b. Team interpreting
c. Shadow interpreting
d. Deaf-Blind Interpreting

7. A CDI is interpreting a college lecture. Another deaf student in the hallway signs to the deaf student through the doorway. The two of them has a brief conversation. The Certified Deaf Interpreter should:

a. Join the conversation
b. Continue interpreting the lecture
c. Ask the student to pay attention to the lecture
d. Interpret what the students say

8. The BEST advantage of consecutive interpretation is that it:

a. Reduces CDI fatigue
b. Enhances the CDI’s ability to keep up with the group process
c.  Allows the CDI to process information
d.  Minimizes the CDI’s presence

9. After an assignment at a doctor’s office, the deaf consumer asks the Certified Deaf Interpreter to explain doctor’s recommendations. The Certified Deaf Interpreter should:

a. Reiterate the Certified Deaf Interpreter role and offer to interpret again
b. Explain that the Certified Deaf Interpreter is in a hurry to get to the next job
c.  Reiterate what the doctor has just said
d. Explain the doctor’s recommendations

10. Increase in process time in the interpretation is likely to:

a. Reduce syntactically-related miscues
b. Reduce improvement in overall performance
c. Increase short-term memory-related miscues
d.  Increase anomalous utterances

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ANSWERS TO THE SAMPLE CDI KNOWLEDGE EXAM QUESTIONS

1. A – A Certified Deaf Interpreter has been hired though a hiring agency to provide interpreting services. If the consumer asks you how s/he can use your services again, the Certified Deaf Interpreter should: have him/her contact the hiring agency.

2. B – Which of the following situations is inappropriate according to RID’s Code of Professional Conduct? Interpreting for an immediate family member in a legal setting.

3. – C – When working with a developmentally disabled person with some language abilities, it may be useful to do all of the following EXCEPT use? Fingerspelling

4. A –The steps of the interpreting process are made in the following order: Analyze speaker message; discard the form of the message; search for message equivalence; compose a new utterance.

5. B –  When a Certified Deaf Interpreter interprets the Pledge of Allegiance, the register would MOST likely be: Frozen.

6. B – A Certified Deaf Interpreter and hearing interpreter are working together in a medical setting. The Certified Deaf Interpreter interprets between the hearing interpreter and the deaf couple. Which type of interpreting is being used? Team interpreting

7. B –  A CDI is interpreting a college lecture. Another deaf student in the hallway signs to the deaf student through the doorway. The two of them has a brief conversation. The Certified Deaf Interpreter should: Continue interpreting the lecture.

8. C – The BEST advantage of consecutive interpretation is that it: Allows the CDI to process information.

9. A – After an assignment at a doctor’s office, the deaf consumer asks the Certified Deaf Interpreter to explain doctor’s recommendations. The Certified Deaf Interpreter should: Reiterate the Certified Deaf Interpreter role and offer to interpret again

10. A – Increase in process time in the interpretation is likely to: Reduce syntactically-related miscues.

BEST OF LUCK ON YOUR CDI KNOWLEDGE EXAM!