NIC Knowledge Exam Details

***The NIC-Knowledge Exam was retired on December 31, 2020.

Exam Details

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

You can access your NIC-Knowledge 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 consisted of 150 multiple-choice questions. All questions are of equal weight and received one point for each correct answer.  Incorrect and unanswered questions receive no points.  The total number of correct answers achieved is converted to a scale on which scores range from 200 to 800. A scaled score of 500 or better to pass the exam was needed 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.

The main tasks assessed on the NIC-Knowledge Exam were:

  1. Assess each interpreting situation to determine if qualified for the assignment.
  2. Prepare for assignment by determining logistics and purpose of interaction for all parties involved.
  3. Maintain competence in the field of interpreting (e.g., attending workshops and classes, reading professional literature, working with a mentor).
  4. Apply the Code of Professional Conduct for the interpreting profession.
  5. Provide interpreting services that reflect awareness and sensitivity to culturally and ethnically diverse groups.
  6. Facilitate the flow of communication during the interpreting process.
  7. Apply the appropriate communicative mode and language register.
  8. Construct equivalent discourse in the target language while monitoring message comprehension and feedback to modify interpretation accordingly
  9. A. Use ASL proficiently within expressive interpreting tasks, including choice of sign vocabulary, use of sign modification to show variation in meaning and grammatical function, and appropriate use of space, facial expression, and body movement. 9. B. Comprehend ASL proficiently during the interpreting task, including sign vocabulary choice and sign modification to show variation in meaning and grammatical functions.
  10. A. Use English proficiently to construct an equivalent message in the target language, including appropriate vocabulary choice, tone, grammar, and syntax, with appropriate use of register, pausing, rhythm, intonation, pitch, and other supra-segmental features. 10. B. Comprehend English proficiently to construct an equivalent message in the target language, including appropriate vocabulary choice, tone, grammar, syntax, appropriate use of register, pausing, rhythm, intonation, pitch, and other supra-segmental features.