Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI): Test of English Proficiency (TEP)

Proposed Guidance Documentation

All new applicants for BEI certification, or all certified interpreters wishing to become certified at the Basic, Advanced, or Master level for the first time, must pass the TEP before being eligible to apply for any BEI performance test. The written TEP for sign language interpreters is available monthly.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the test schedule has been delayed and future test dates are yet to be determined.

When upcoming test dates have been confirmed, they will be posted here.

About the TEP

The TEP exam consists of 80 multiple choice questions and must be taken with a pencil. Applicants are required to answer at least 55 of the 80 questions correctly to pass. This is a raw score and not a percentage score. Answering fewer than 55 questions correctly will result in failing the test.

The TEP will be proctored by the Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) BEI staff.

Scheduling the TEP during the COVID-19 pandemic

You will need to fill out the TEP application, F-02530 (Word) and send it to the Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH). Once your application has been received and your eligibility to take the TEP has been verified, you will receive an email confirming that your name was added to our TEP waiting list. Names will be added to the waiting list in the order they are received. When test dates are available, applicants will be contacted via email to schedule a test date and time.

Location of the TEP

The TEP will be administered at the Department of Health Services, which is located at:

1 West Wilson St., Madison, WI 53703.

Payment during the COVID-19 pandemic

Payments are not required when applications are submitted for the TEP waiting list. Once testing resumes, applicants will be contacted to work out a test date and time. Once confirmed, the applicant will be given two weeks from the confirmation date to submit payment. This will be communicated in the email that confirms the applicant's test date and time.

The cost for the TEP is $75 for Wisconsin residents and $110 for out-of-state applicants.

Study guide

We recommend you utilize the BEI Study Guide. This study guide also includes a list of resources you can use to prepare for the TEP, including books and websites that we have found helpful.

If you have a disability or circumstance that requires a reasonable accommodation for testing, please see Chapter 1.4 of BEI Interpreter Certification Policies and Procedures. If at any time you have questions regarding the TEP process, please contact BEI staff.

Note: Specific details regarding application and testing procedures listed in this guide pertain only to those taking the test in Texas. Procedures for applying and taking the TEP or BEI performance test in Wisconsin are outlined above.