NIC Knowledge Exam Sample Questions and Suggested Reference Materials

SAMPLE NIC KNOWLEDGE EXAM QUESTIONS

These are some sample questions from the RID Generalist Written Test administered between 1995 and 1998. These questions are to serve as an example of the question types and format a candidate may see on the NIC Knowledge Exam and are not necessarily questions included in the current NIC Knowledge Exam. These sample questions are also not meant to indicate or reflect what one may score on the actual NIC Knowledge Test. For the answers to these sample questions, scroll to the bottom of this page.

1. Approximately what percentage of Deaf and hard of hearing children have hearing parents?




2. During an interpretation for a large audience, the lighting should?




3. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 includes which of the following provisions?




4. When an interpreter is subpoenaed as an expert witness in court, the interpreter’s area of expertise is




5. The focus of the cultural/humanistic view of Deaf people is on the:




6. Which of the following is a community-based, non-profit organization that works specifically with African American Deaf persons to advocate for their rights?




7. According to RID, a certified interpreter can lose certification for all of the following reasons EXCEPT:




8. To sociolinguists, the intimate register of discourse is characterized by:




9. While working, an interpreter is asked by one of the hearing participants how long it took to become an interpreter. Without responding, the interpreter directs this question to the Deaf person. The interpreter is functioning under the:




10. Which of the following is always true of an effective English-to-ASL interpretation?




SUGGESTED REFERENCE MATERIAL

The following is a list of references that may be helpful in reviewing for the NIC Knowledge Exam. This listing is intended for use as a study aid only. RID does not intend the list to imply endorsement of these specific references, nor are test items necessarily taken directly from these sources.

  1. Baker-Shenk, C. & Cokely, D. (1980). American sign language: a teacher’s resource text on grammar and culture. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.
  2. Cartwright, B. E. (1999). Encounters with reality: 1,001 interpreter scenarios. Alexandria, VA: RID Press.
  3. Christensen, K. M. & Delgado G. L. (2000). Deaf plus: a multicultural perspective. San Diego, CA: Dawn Sign Press.
  4. Code of Professional Conduct. 2005 the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
  5. Cokely, D. (2000). Exploring ethics: a case for revising the code of ethics. Journal of Interpretation, 2000, 25-57.
  6. Excerpt from a lecture given by George Veditz in 1913 titled “Preservation of the Sign Language” translated by Carol A. Padden.
  7. Frishberg, N. (1990). Interpreting: an introduction. Alexandria, VA: RID Press.
  8. Humphrey, J. H. & Alcorn, B. J. (2001). So you want to be an interpreter: an introduction to sign language interpreting (3rd ed.). Clearwater, FL: H&H Publishing.
  9. Kelly, J. (2001). Transliterating: show me the English. Alexandria, VA: RID Press.
  10. McIntire, M. (Ed.). Proceedings of the Ninth National Convention of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, July 4-8, 1985. Interpreting: the art of cross cultural mediation. Alexandria, VA: RID Press.
  11. Mindess, A. (1999). Reading between the signs: intercultural communication for sign language interpreters. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press.
  12. National multicultural interpreter project (NMIP) curriculum. Posted in 2000 to the TIEM Project Web site, NMIP, El Paso Community College.
  13. RID Bylaws
  14. RID Sample Written Generalist Test. 1998. the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Written by the Test Development Committee, 1992.
  15. RID Standard Practice Paper: Business Practices1996 Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. Written by the Professional Standards Committee,1993-1995. REV 8/97, Updated 2007.
  16. RID Standard Practice Paper: Use of a Certified Deaf Interpreter. 1997 the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Written by the Professional Standards Committee, 1995-1997. REV5/00, Updated 2007.
  17. RID Standard Practice Paper: Team Interpreting. 1997 the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Written by the Professional Standards Committee, 1993-1995. REV 8/97, Updated 2007.
  18. RID Standard Practice Paper: Interpreting in Mental Health Settings. 1997 the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Written by the Professional Standards Committee,1993-1995. REV 8/97, Updated  2007.
  19. Seal, B. C. Best practices in educational interpreting. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  20. Stewart, D. A., Schein, J. D. & Cartwright, B. E. (1998). Sign language interpreting: exploring its art and science. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  21. Valli, C. & Lucas, C. (1995). Linguistics of American sign language: an introduction. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.
  22. Vickrey Van Cleve, J. & Crouch, B. A. (1989). A place of their own: creating deaf community in America. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.
  23. RID Sample Written Generalist Test. 1998. the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Written by the Test Development Committee, 1992.

ANSWERS TO THE SAMPLE NIC KNOWLEDGE EXAM QUESTIONS

1. Approximately what percentage of Deaf and hard of hearing children have hearing parents?

D – 85% to 95%.

2. During an interpretation for a large audience, the lighting should

C – come from more than one angle..

3. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 includes which of the following provisions?

B – Qualified disabled individuals cannot be discriminated against by programs receiving federal funding..

4. When an interpreter is subpoenaed as an expert witness in court, the interpreter’s area of expertise is

D – communication issues and cross-cultural mediation..

5. The focus of the cultural/humanistic view of Deaf people is on:

B – the person rather than the deafness..

6. Which of the following is a community-based, non-profit organization that works specifically with African American Deaf persons to advocate for their rights?

A – BDA.

7. According to RID, a certified interpreter can lose certification for all of the following reasons EXCEPT:

C – failing to join an affiliate chapter..

8. To sociolinguists, the intimate register of discourse is characterized by:

B – reliance on information that is left implicit.

9. While working, an interpreter is asked by one of the hearing participants how long it took to become an interpreter. Without responding, the interpreter directs this question to the Deaf person. The interpreter is functioning under the:

B – conduit model.

10. Which of the following is always true of an effective English-to-ASL interpretation?

D – It adapts to audience preference.

BEST OF LUCK ON YOUR NIC KNOWLEDGE EXAM!