Board for Evaluation of Interpreters

Test of English Proficiency (TEP) waitlist update

The Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) is now able to administer the Test of English Proficiency (TEP). Therefore, we will no longer be accepting applications for the TEP waitlist. Any applications postmarked after May 31, 2021, will require payment to be submitted with it in order to be considered complete. 

To learn more about the TEP, the testing process, and fees that are due, please see the FAQ and the TEP webpage. If you have questions that are not answered in the FAQ or on the TEP webpage, please email the BEI inbox.

View this announcement in American Sign Language.


 COVID-19 impact on ODHH sign language interpreter testing

Learn how the Test of English Proficiency (TEP) and BEI performance tests have been impacted by COVID-19.

The Board for Evaluation of Interpreters' (BEI) primary goal is to ensure that prospective interpreters are proficient in their ability to meaningfully and accurately comprehend, produce, and transform American Sign Language (ASL) to and from English.

The performance portion of the BEI is broken into three levels of certification: basic, advanced, and master. Prior to being eligible to take any of the performance assessments, individuals are required to take and pass the Test of English Proficiency (TEP).

All three levels of the BEI performance assessment will eventually be offered in Wisconsin; however, we will focus our initial efforts on establishing the TEP and BEI Basic. Once we have them in place, we will then turn our efforts towards offering BEI Advanced and Master certifications.

For more information, see our BEI Frequently Asked Questions or subscribe for email updates.

Last Revised: May 28, 2021