Day of Exam

On the Day of Exam

Be sure to dress for temperature variations in the testing environment. Dress comfortably, professionally, and wear layers for the exam.

If you are taking your performance exam, you should wear professional attire that works with your skin tone. Please avoid wearing bright whites or reds.

When you make your exam appointment,  either ScanTron (for your knowledge exam) or your test administrator (for your performance exam) will provide you with the location of your test site. Plan your travel so that you arrive at the test site at 15-20 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. If you arrive at the test site less than 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment, you may be denied access to the test site and it will be considered a missed appointment. You may not be admitted to the exam if you arrive after your scheduled starting time. A missed appointment forfeits the exam and all related fees. You would then be required to register and pay for the exam again in order to sit for it in the future.

You MUST have your Token with you when you go to take your exam. When you register and pay for your exam, the CASLI Exam System will email you with your uniquely assigned token connecting your name and RID Member Number with you to the test site. Failure to do so will result in forfeiting your exam and registration fees.

CASLI employs very strict testing security measures. One level of security involves your identification. You must bring at least one form of identification that meets the following requirements:

Your identification (ID) must:

  • Display your first and last name exactly as it appears on your Authorization to Test Letter
  • Have a permanently-affixed photograph of your face
  • Be current — expired IDs will not be accepted
  • Be an original document — no photocopies will be accepted

Acceptable forms of identification are:

  • Government-issued driver’s license
  • State ID card
  • Passport
  • Military ID (except those with chips)
  • Permanent resident visa or green card

Unacceptable forms of identification include:

  • Employee identification or work badge
  • University/college identification

If you do not present acceptable identification, you will not be allowed to take your exam, and it will be considered a missed appointment, even though you appeared at the test site.

A missed appointment forfeits the exam and all related fees. You would then be required to register and pay for the exam again in order to take the exam in the future.

The test administrator at each test site has been trained in the procedures specific to CASLI exams. The test administrator will guide you through the steps that have been developed by CASLI. The following is what you can expect when you arrive at the test site:

  1. Personal items will not be allowed in the testing room. You may not bring any personal items with you to the test site, other than your personal identification. (This includes purses, wallets, watches, jewelry, cell phones, calculators, etc.) If you do bring personal items to the test site, the test administrator will show you where to store them. Neither test administrators nor CASLI will be responsible for lost or stolen items.
  2. You must provide one form of acceptable identification. The test administrator will verify that the name on your government-issued identification card matches the name on the CASLI Exam System Account, that the photo is of you. You must keep this identification with you at all times during the exam.
  3. You will be provided five (5) pieces of scratch paper. You will be provided with scratch paper and a pen with which you can take notes during the exam. These will be collected at the conclusion of the exam. You cannot take any notes from the test site.
  4. You will not be allowed to bring any food or drink into the testing room.
  5. You will be escorted into the testing room by the test administrator. The test administrator will show you where to sit and, if applicable, will adjust the video camera to ensure that you are being properly recorded. You must remain in your seat during the entire exam.
  6. If applicable, you will have an opportunity to verify that the video quality and sound level within CASLI Exam System is acceptable to you.
  7. The test administrator will start the exam and, if applicable, the webcam which will record your responses.

Here are the general instructions for taking the exam:

  • You must remain seated during the entire exam.
  • The CASLI Generalist Knowledge exam consists of two parts: The Fundamentals of Interpreting (120 Multiple Choice Questions) for which you will have 3 hours to complete. You will be permitted a 10 minute break. The second part of the knowledge exam  consists of the Ethical Decision Making and Cultural Responsiveness Exam (eight multi-step case studies) for which you will have 90 minutes to complete. The exams are timed and will not stop until the timer runs out.
  • The Performance exam will take approximately one hour to an hour and a half to complete. The exams will not stop. The exam video will continue to play and the webcam will continue to record you throughout the testing period. You will not be able to stop or rewind the exam video.
  • You should not leave the testing room until the exam is complete. Only in cases of a significant irregularity – e.g. technical or test site issues – should you leave the testing room to contact the test administrator once the exam has started.
  • There is no “warm up” prior to the exams starting.  However, there is introductory information for you to review before beginning your exam. Please review this material carefully. You may make notes while viewing the introductory material if you wish and as time permits; however, all notes will be collected at the end of the testing session.

Reporting Exam Administration Irregularities or Concerns

If you experience problems with any part of the exam administration process, including issues with exam materials, the facility, or other difficulties, tell the test administrator immediately. You must allow the test administrator at least 30 minutes to correct any problems. If the problem is corrected, the test administrator will restart the test from the beginning of the affected vignette and you may continue with your test. If the problem continues for more than 30 minutes, you have the choice to stay until the problem is corrected or to have your appointment rescheduled.

Any significant incidents occurring during the exam administration process should be recorded on the Candidate Feedback Form within CASLI Exam System after you have completed your exam.

The test administrator is not able to respond to questions  about the exam content or testing and rating process. They may only respond to questions regarding exam administration or the test site. If you have questions, comments, or concerns regarding your testing experience, contact the CASLI at or (571) 527-1463. Please note that while CASLI will review all comments provided regarding an administered exam, CASLI will not re-evaluate or otherwise change a candidate’s scores or results based on these comments.

Any candidate who engages in any form of misconduct or does not comply with the test administrator’s warnings to discontinue inappropriate behavior may be immediately dismissed from the test site. Some examples of misconduct are:

  • Creating a disturbance, using abusive language, or being uncooperative or disrespectful
  • Attempting to take the examination for someone else
  • Using any prohibited aids that would provide an advantage while taking the exam
  • Tampering with the operation of the exam recording equipment or stimulus materials
  • Giving or receiving assistance of any kind

Dismissal from a test site due to misconduct 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, as long as CASLI determined that the candidate’s behavior did not warrant a permanent ban from taking the exam.

Test sites may be closed or may experience delays during severe weather, natural disasters, or other emergencies. Exam appointments that the test site cancels under such circumstances may be rescheduled at no cost. For ScanTron Test Sites, visit this site for closures and delays. For CASLI Local Test Administrators, contact either or both CASLI and your LTA directly.

If the test site is open and you do not arrive on time, it will be considered a missed appointment and forfeit your exam and all related fees. You would then be required to register and pay for the exam again in order to take the exam.

Candidates who miss their scheduled exam appointment, arrive fifteen (15) minutes or more later, or need to cancel their exam appointment after the deadline due to an excusable emergency situation should notify the Local Test Administrator immediately and then must also contact CASLI at or (571) 527-1463 within 3 business days following the documented emergency (or the first available opportunity if the nature of the emergency prevents them from contacting CASLI) to be considered for a cost-free rescheduled exam appointment. Excusable emergency situations include:

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

Documentation of the emergency must be submitted by email to

If CASLI verifies that the emergency qualifies, the candidate may reschedule an exam appointment, cost-free, within 90 days of the approval.

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 and forfeit the exam and all related fees. The candidate would then be required to register and pay for the exam again in order to take the exam in the future.