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NIC Preparation
Interview and Performance
July, 2010
RID Website Materials
Historical background of the NIC exam
Test application
Cancellation policy – regular and
NIC Candidate Bulletin
• Test Format – Each task lists knowledge and skills
needed. Tasks 6-10 apply more to the performance
portion of the exam.
• Test candidates have 5 years from passing the
knowledge exam to pass the performance part.
Three Levels
High Pass
NIC Advanced Pass
High Pass
NIC Master
High Pass
High Pass
Extensions & Appeals
• Can be granted for up to one year.
• Reason must be a “sudden and unforseeable
traumatic, catastrophic, or incapacitating
life altering event.”
• If proper testing procedure was not
followed, a candidate may appeal a failure
via certified mail. If approved, a retake
must occur within a calendar year.
NAD-RID NIC Suggested
Reference Materials
• The complete list is on the RID webpage.
Scheduling an Appointment
• Send in application and payment to RID
• Must show proof of degree.
• When the Authorization to Test letter is
received, contact a supersite coordinator to
make an appointment.
• A list of supersites appears on the RID
webpage and in the Views.
Exam Format
DVD Orientation and equipment check
Recording of candidate ID
May pick interview or performance first
May sit or stand for entire interview or
performance portion
Interview Format
• Choose one of five Deaf presenters
• Scenarios are also given in printed English
on the screen
• Five minute limit
• Must sign responses, but signing will not be
Three domains –
Identification of the conflict
Construction of a solution
Short and long-term consequences
Helpful Acronyms
P Problem
E Ethics
P Perspectives
S Solution
I Implications
Dilemma – state the conflict between the situation and the
interpreter; what is the problem?
Ethic – which part of the CPC apples? do you have other
resources? (laws, research, standard practice papers, etc.)
Choices – list the options for possible solutions
Impact – who are the stakeholders? how are they impacted
by the possible choices?
Decision – what would you do? (CLEAR decision – this D
does not stand for “it depends”!)
Effects – long-term and short-term effects of your decision
(cultural, political, and/or sociological implications)
Viewpoints on the problem
Ethical considerations
Community Resources
Approach (Solution)
Helpful Hint 1
Remember to include resources in your discussion of the
ethical scenarios. While you do not have to quote chapter
and verse from the CPC, it would be helpful to mention
how a scenario relates to the CPC. BTW, being very
familiar with the tenets and sub-tenets is a must. In one of
the scenarios, many of you stated that it is against the CPC
to perform a certain function, but the CPC specifically
allows for this. It is important to cite at least 2 resources
in your discussion of the solution(s).
Helpful Hint 2
2. It is advisable to provide 2 solutions and
indicate which one you would
choose. Organizationally, it would work
best if you follow each solution to the end,
giving perspectives, consequences, etc. of
the first before discussing the second. Save
the second as the one you would choose.
Helpful Hint 3
. While I am not a rater, I feel like one after
viewing students’ videos! It is so helpful
when you label each part of your ethical
discussion identifying the conflict,
perspectives, resources, solution 1,
perspectives, short term consequences, long
term consequences, solution 2, etc.
Helpful Hint 4
It’s nice to start the ethical discussion with
a confident smile (altho not a cocky
smirk!). David Evans in his workshop tells
how he did the same thing, and signed
"interesting" before starting his
discussion. Exuding confidence is crucial!
Helpful Hint 5
For the performance portions, really try to
own the message, so it looks/sounds like a
source message. Being able to self-monitor
is a vital skill needed to accomplish this.
Helpful Hint 6
The two scenarios we will practice on seem
to be pretty good predictors of performance
success. Those who did exceptionally well
on them scored high in the performance
portion. When you go for testing and get
your results, please let me know how it
went and what your results were.
Performance Portion
• No separate warm up period
• Introduction by the NIC committee
• Introductory materials before each of the
five segments. Five minute limit to review
materials in each section.
• Becoming familiar with the presenter(s),
audience, and written materials.
• More emphasis on voicing.
NIC Performance Criteria
• Articulation refers to the production
quality of signing and the production
quality of speech that is displayed during
the interpretation.
• Affect measures the extent to which the
interpretation accurately conveys the
speaker’s affect. Affect is the emotive tone
used by the speaker and is demonstrated by
the speaker’s use of intonation, rhythm and
stress, sign size, and non-manual behaviors.22
• Grammatical Structure measures the
degree to which the information in an
interpretation is grammatically acceptable in
the language choice made.
• Intent measures the extent to which the
goal(s) of the source language is represented
in the target language. It includes message
equivalence and neutrality of the
• Content measures the accurate and
consistent interpretation of equivalent
information from the source language to the
target language. Effective conveyance of
information is dependent upon information
being conveyed in context.
• Constructed Action/Dialogue is the
identification of who is acting and their
actions or who is speaking and their speech.
In ASL, this is commonly done through the
use of body shifting, eye gaze, facial
expressions, sign size and style, head
movement and body postures and pauses. In
English, this is commonly done through the
use of vocal inflection and other
modulations, such as speed, style, volume
and pausing.
• Language Match is influenced by the
consumer and includes lexical preferences.
In the case of multiple consumers of the
same language, the language match may
also be influenced by multiple lexical and
grammatical preferences of the consumers.
Use of Space is a general category of devices that are
used to demonstrate physical and/or grammatical
relationships. These devices are frequently
influenced by the actual surroundings or through
the manipulation of imaginary items in the signer’s
environment. Examples of use of space in sign
language include: pointing for pronominal
reference, movement of the verb to identify the
subject and object, and various uses of classifiers.
Also included in this category is the use of various
strategies for listing items and the possible
subsequent comparison or grouping of those items.
Results Letter

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