Signs of Development Signs of Development Individual Study Modules ACET RID, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

How the ISMs Work:

Each of the modules operate generally the same; however, there are of course differences in requirements which will be explained.

  1. Participants are provided with a set of questions for each unit. Participants are encouraged to first answer without any research to gauge the amount of information they currently possess. This is an EXCELLENT way to see how test-ready a candidate is without any study.
  2. Then participants will research the questions and see how their original answers might change and develop a set of responses based on the research. These will be posted in the ISM forums.
  3. After researching and answering each of the questions, each member will post a summary of the unit's information. This is not a copy/paste of all previous answers. It should summarize the BEST answers based on the research for each of the questions. This helps for last-minute study - you may need only to review the summary postings to ensure synthesis of the material.
  4. Members of the written test ISMs will submit five multiple-choice questions per unit. These would be the kinds of questions that may show up on the test, or just questions that would be challenging to answer. With those questions, members will also submit four possible choices in an "a, b, c, or d" format like a multiple choice test would contain. There are guidelines for this and the purpose for doing this is to start to understand how Multiple Choice tests are developed and what to expect.
  5. Written test modules have a Mock Test at the end that you will take and grade.

You can participate at any time day or night, whenever is most convenient for you! That's the beauty of this process. If you cannot participate due to life getting in the way, you can slow down for a few days and then pick up again when your schedule gets better.

The book that we use for the Written Knowledge ISM is "So You Want to Be an Interpreter," 3rd or 4th Edition.

People often ask if the written test ISM will be helpful for those who are taking a state written test or whether it's only good for the RID/NIC test - YES! The reason for this is because the information on interpreting does not change no matter what written test you take.

This method prepares you to own the information and to be able to approach any written test regardless of the format. There is a separate Written Test Study Group for EIPA candidates, which focuses on knowledge that the educational interpreter needs. In both written modules we discuss how to approach multiple-choice tests. This has proven extremely helpful to participants in past modules.