DHHS offering Trilingual tests at reduced rate

DARS, Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) is offering the Trilingual tests at a reduced rate

In an effort to promote professional standards within the Trilingual community, DHHS will offer the BEI Trilingual interpreter test at a reduced rate from April 15, 2012 to October 15, 2012.

This test assesses the Spanish-English-ASL interpreting proficiency of individuals providing Trilingual interpreting services. Eligible candidates for Trilingual certification are encouraged to take advantage of this initiative.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) trilingual certification, an applicant must

  • be at least 18 years old;
  • possess a high school diploma or its equivalent;
  • not have a criminal conviction that could be grounds for denial, suspension, revocation, or other disciplinary action associated with a certificate;
  • provide proof of possessing at least one of the following:
    • BEI Level I, II, III, IV, V, Basic, Advanced, or Master certificate;
    • RID CSC, CI, CI/CT; or
    • NAD-RID NIC, NIC Advanced, or NIC Master; and
  • pass the requisite examinations, which are
    • Test of Spanish Proficiency (TSP); and
    • a trilingual performance test.

Reduced Rates/Application Information:

Testing will be administered at the DHHS Offices in Austin. The Trilingual application forms (DARS3918 and DARS3919) may be downloaded at http://www.dars.state.tx.us/dhhs/dhhsforms.shtml.

Trilingual testing fees at 50% off:

  • Test of Spanish Proficiency (TSP) $47.50.
  • Trilingual Advanced Performance test $80.
  • Trilingual Master Performance test $92.50. 

Appointments may be scheduled with Angela Bryant at angela.bryant@dars.state.tx.us.