Testing Readiness and Skills Evaluation (TRSE)


This evaluation is designed to provide both individual Interpreters and prospective employers with a basic, yet realistic, assessment of an interpreter's skill set. Results will be provided via e-mail within two weeks.

An Overview
Interpreters who have not taken a certification test or who have yet to pass, can for a nominal $99.00 fee, determine if they are ready to test or if there has been enough significant improvement to warrant testing again. In some areas throughout the USA, due to a shortage of certified Interpreters, employers may be faced with hiring interpreters who are on the path to certification. But without a means to assess these candidates, it is difficult for them to ensure the quality of interpreting they can expect to see. The Testing Readiness & Skills Evaluation is a tool designed for these types of situations.

How TRSE Works
We require a 3-to-3½ minute video clip of the candidate, interpreting in a setting relevant to the purpose of their assessment. For example, if an interpreter is hoping to achieve a score of 3.5 or 4.0 on an assessment for K-12 interpreting, the subject should provide a clip of themself interpreting K-12 content. Suppose a college is considering hiring an interpreter? The video clip should then show the subject interpreting post-secondary content.

In your signing sample, PLEASE INCLUDE live content (i.e. Lectures, Presentations, Classroom Instruction, Group Discussions, etc). PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE repetitive content (i.e. the Pledge of Allegiance, Songs, Listed Rules, etc) or content that may contain long periods of silence (i.e. Medical Appointments, Job Interviews, Physical Ed, etc).

The evaluation results will be sent via e-mail and will indicate at which of the following skill levels our Evaluators consider the interpreter to be performing at:

  • Advanced Level Interpreting Skills
  • Entry Level Interpreting Skills
  • Developing Interpreting Skills
  • Conversational Language Skills

The results e-mail will also include a brief description of the strengths and weaknesses noted in the video clip. This will serve as a valuable aid in helping interpreters identify where to focus their energies for improvement.

Who Are the Evaluators?
Gail K. Carmona
The Lead Evaluator and individual responsible for oversight of the evaluation process is the CEO of CCSLI Inc., Gail K. Carmona. Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Gail attended classes at Sheridan College in Brampton, Ontario, as well as the Canadian Hearing Society. Upon relocating to California, USA she worked as an interpreter for the State of California?s Dept of Rehabilitation. She continued her interpreting career interpreting at numerous colleges and universities, interpreting in the corporate sector, in the cruise industry, in K-12, video remote interpreting (VRS/VRI), etc. She holds the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf's (RID's) National Interpreter Certification (NIC) as well as the EIPA. She is an active member of AVLIC in Canada and is a member of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT). In 2008, she founded Central Coast Sign Language Interpreters LLC (now CCSLI INC) which provides both interpreting and interpreter training services throughout all of California, USA. Additionally, Gail has served on RID's Educational Interpreter Task Force, as well as, serving for over eight years as an Evaluator/Judge for the USA's national Education Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA).

S T E P   O N E:   R E G I S T E R

Candidate's Name:
Contact Phone:
Contact E-mail:
What is the assessment for?
Employment  Skill Development  Other
Has the candidate tested for certification or been assessed in the past 2 years? Yes  No
If yes, what was their score?
Does the candidate interpret now? Yes  No
If yes, in what capacity?
Freelance  K-12  College/University
Staff Interpreter  Other
Any other details you wish to include?
Please add me to the CCSLI mailing list!

S T E P   T W O:   U P L O A D   V I D E O

Following registration, the candidate must upload a 3-to-3½ minute video of themselves, interpreting subject matter consistent with the setting they want to be assessed for (see 'How TRSE Works' above). Access to the upload tool is protected. Please refer to the confirmation e-mail for the necessary login credentials.

S T E P   T H R E E:   S U B M I T   P A Y M E N T

For just $99.00 USD, our team of professional evaluators will assess the signing sample provided to us on video. Once the candidate has registered (Step One), and uploaded their video clip (Step Two), they must submit payment before work can begin.

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