NIC Knowledge Exam Details

***The NIC-Knowledge Exam will be retired by the end of 2020 and this information will be removed and/or archived from this website on December 31, 2020 or shortly after.

Applying for the Exam

You can apply and pay for the NIC Knowledge Exam online by logging on to your RID Account (or creating an account if you do not already have one) and clicking on “Apply for NIC Certification” in the orange tile titled “Apply for Certification.” Payment can be made with a MasterCard or VISA.

It is recommended that you apply at least five weeks in advance of when you would like to take the exam to allow plenty of time for the application and registration process. It is your responsibility to ensure that CASLI receives all required documentation. Processing may be delayed if you submit an application that is outdated or incomplete.

Testing Information

The NIC Knowledge Exam is a computer-based test (CBT) administered only by CASLI’s testing vendor, ScanTron, a company with vast experience in the testing industry that provides testing in the most expeditious and secure manner possible. ScanTron has more than 1000 testing site locations available and 75% of candidates in the U.S. are less than an hour drive to a ScanTron testing site.

You can view ScanTron’s List of Test Sites here.

Please note: This website will only allow you to view locations (cities and states), it will not allow you to schedule an appointment. Once you pay for your NIC-Knowledge exam, you will receive your Notice to Schedule Exam email from ScanTron with instructions on how to set up your exam appointment.

After applying and paying for the NIC Knowledge Exam, you will receive a registration email from ScanTron within 10 business days.  This email will contain a unique username and password, as well as a link to their registration website and directions for scheduling your exam appointment through their scheduling system. After registering for your exam on ScanTron’s registration website, you will receive a registration confirmation email from ScanTron within 10 business days.  The information provided in the email from ScanTron is valid up to a year; if you have not scheduled your exam within a year of receiving the email please contact CASLI and request a new registration email.

Closures for COVID-19, Emergencies, and Inclement Weather Conditions for an NIC Knowledge Exam, please visit ScanTron’s webpage on testing site closures and/or delays for updates.

You can reschedule or cancel your exam up to four business days prior to your scheduled exam date. You will need to go to the scheduling website listed on the registration confirmation email from ScanTron and log in with the username and password they provided. There is a $50 rescheduling fee that must be paid online at the time of the request.

You cannot reschedule or cancel your exam within 4 business days of the scheduled date.  Failure to do your reschedule request in a timely manner, or failure to show up, will be considered a missed appointment, and your exam is forfeited, along with all related exam fees.   You would be required to register and pay for the exam again in order to sit for it in the future. Please note that the only exception to this rescheduling policy is a documented, excusable emergency situation. See the ScanTron registration confirmation email or visit the ScanTron Website for details on ScanTron’s rescheduling policy.

If you miss your scheduled exam appointment due to an excusable emergency situation, you must contact both ScanTron and CASLI within three business days following the documented emergency (or the first available opportunity if the nature of the emergency prevents you from contacting us) to be considered for an approved, free, rescheduled exam.

Excusable emergency situations include:

  • The death of an immediate family member
  • Accident, illness, or hospitalization of you or an immediate family member (verified by a doctor)
  • A natural disaster

Documentation of the emergency must be submitted to CASLI and ScanTron. If both CASLI and ScanTron verify that the emergency qualifies, your application and exam fees may be applied to another exam appointment. After approval of a free rescheduled exam, ScanTron will contact you directly to schedule your exam appointment.

If the candidate cancels the scheduled exam appointment after the deadline or misses the scheduled exam appointment for any reason other than an excusable emergency situation that is approved by CASLI, it will be considered a missed appointment, which forfeits the exam and all related fees. The candidate would then be required to register and pay for the exam again in order to sit for it in the future.

If you have paid for but have not yet scheduled an appointment for the NIC Knowledge Exam and decide you no longer wish to take the exam, CASLI will either refund your payment or credit the exam fee to your account, minus the $15 non-refundable processing fee, within two years of the paid date. After two years, the exam fee cannot be refunded but can be credited to your account (minus the $15 non-refundable application processing fee). Please email your request to CASLI. Refunds will be processed in the same manner the original payment was made (e.g.. if you originally paid by check then you will be refunded by check).

The NIC Knowledge Exam covers knowledge appropriate to an interpreter holding national certification and covering, among other topics, the RID Code of Professional Conduct, interpreting issues and theory, culture, and ASL linguistics.

The NIC Knowledge Exam evaluates a candidate’s understanding of the “Knowledge Statements” associated with the set of tasks that was developed through the RID Role Delineation Study (RID Role Delineation – see the separate link.  Each task has explanatory notes). Additionally, see the list of suggested reference materials (NIC Knowledge Examination Suggested Reference Materials).

Prep Main Tasks

Further Exam Details

The NIC Knowledge Exam is a computer-based test (CBT) consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions that assess whether a candidate has the knowledge required to achieve national certification. Candidates have up to three hours to complete the exam.

To familiarize yourself with ScanTrons online test delivery system, you can view a free demo.

You will receive a score report of your exam results at the test site immediately after completing the exam. The scores are not immediately provided to CASLI. Therefore, it can take up to 3 weeks for the results to be uploaded into your account.

You can access your exam results by logging into your account and clicking on the purple tile titled, “View Your Exam History.”  Next to the exam you would like to see your results for, please click on “Download Score Report.”  This PDF document will automatically be downloaded to your computer.

The test consists of 150 multiple-choice questions. All questions are of equal weight and you will receive one point for each correct answer.  Incorrect and unanswered questions receive no points.  You are encouraged to answer all questions since there is no penalty for incorrect answers. The total number of correct answers achieved is converted to a scale on which scores range from 200 to 800. You must receive a scaled score of 500 or better to pass the exam.

You will receive a score report of your exam results at the test site immediately after completing the exam. The scores are not immediately provided to CASLI. Therefore, it can take up to 3 weeks for the results to be uploaded into your account.

You can access your exam results by logging into your account and clicking on the purple tile titled, “View Your Exam History.”  Next to the exam you would like to see your results for, please click on “Download Score Report.”  This PDF document will automatically be downloaded to your computer.

If you fail the NIC Knowledge Exam, you may apply and pay for a NIC Knowledge Exam retake after a three-month waiting period.  The three-month waiting period begins from the date you originally took the Exam; this is regardless of when you received your exam results. The portal is designed so you cannot purchase a retake until your three months has passed. Then the link to purchase the retake will appear. There is a reduced price for exam retakes. If it has been longer than five years since the date on the results letter of your most recent passing of the NIC Knowledge Exam, you must start the certification process over and pay the first time NIC Knowledge Exam fee.