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Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI): Performance Tests

Upon passing the Test of English Proficiency (TEP), you are eligible to take a BEI interpreter performance test. Each level of certification has its own interpreter performance test. After you pass one of these performance tests, you become certified at that level.

Performance tests are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to one test per time slot per day. Testing times fill up quickly, so candidates should submit performance test applications well in advance. 

The last 2022 test dates for Wisconsin BEI performance tests are being held in September. Starting January 2023, the basic, advanced, and master level performance tests will be available. These tests will be offered on a quarterly basis with the next available test dates happening in February 2023. 

Available test dates and deadlines
Test Type Test Date Time Slot(s) Application Due Date
No tests offered November 2022 No tests are being offered this month. New test schedule will be implemented for 2023.
No tests offered December 2022 No tests are being offered this month. New test schedule will be implemented for 2023.
BEI Basic
BEI Advanced
BEI Master
February 8 and 9, 2023 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm January 11, 2023

BEI Basic
BEI Advanced
BEI Masters

May 10 and 11, 2023 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm April 12, 2023

BEI Basic
BEI Advanced
BEI Masters

August 9 and 10, 2023 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm July 12, 2023
BEI Basic
BEI Advanced
BEI Masters
November 8 and 9, 2023 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm October 11, 2023


Pick two preferred test dates. Please note that we make every effort to honor preferred test dates; however, there are times when we will be unable to do so. If that is the case, we will communicate that with the applicant(s).

The basic, advanced, and master performance tests are criterion-referenced tests of the three interpretation modes most commonly used by interpreters. These are:

  • Expressive—rendering spoken English into American Sign Language (ASL) or signed English.
  • Receptive—rendering ASL or signed English into spoken English.
  • Sight translation—reading and rendering a written English document into ASL.

In order to sit for BEI advanced and BEI master level performance tests, you must meet the prerequisites that have been determined by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (see section F).

The BEI performance tests will be proctored by the Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) BEI staff and will be administered at the Department of Health Services, which is located at 1 West Wilson Street, Madison, WI 53703.

When applying for the BEI basic performance test, you will need to mail, via USPS, the following information:

  • Completed and signed test application, F-02530.
  • Money order or cashier's check made payable to ODHH.
    *Please note that personal checks and cash will not be accepted.
  • Proof of passing the TEP.

Once all of the above information has been received and your eligibility to take the BEI basic performance test has been verified, you will receive an email confirming your test date and time. If you are ineligible to take the BEI basic performance test, you will be notified of that in an email as well.

When applying for the BEI advanced performance test, you will need to send the following information:

Once all of the above information has been received and your eligibility to take the BEI advanced performance test has been verified, you will receive and email confirming your test date and time. If you are ineligible to take the BEI advanced performance test, you will be notified of that in an email as well.

When applying for the BEI master performance test, you will need to send in the following information:

Once all of the above information has been received and your eligibility to take the BEI master performance test has been verified, you will receive an email confirming your test date and time. If you are ineligible to take the BEI master performance test, you will be notified of that in an email as well.

The BEI performance assessments will be administered at the Department of Health Services, which is located at 1 West Wilson Street, Madison, WI 53703. They will be conducted in a soundproof booth.

Costs for the BEI performance tests
Test Type Cost
BEI Basic

Wisconsin resident: $275
Out-of-state: $310

BEI Advanced Wisconsin resident: $300
Out-of-state: $335
BEI Master Wisconsin resident: $300
Out-of-state: $335
Payment for the BEI basic and BEI advanced performance tests

Payment needs to be in the form of a money order or cashier's check. Personal checks and cash will not be accepted. Payment should be mailed to:

Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
C/O BEI
1 West Wilson Street, Room 558
Madison, WI 53703

Checks should be made payable to ODHH. Please allow 30 days for processing.

All test fees are nonrefundable.

Your performance on the basic, advanced, or master performance test is scored in two ways: objectively and subjectively. This two-part assessment system provides a reliable, fair, and valid device for certification of interpreters. Your performance is evaluated by a team of BEI-approved raters.

Performance tests taken in Wisconsin will be rated by Texas rating teams while we work on establishing our own pool of raters. Candidates can expect their results within 90 days of their test date. Any changes in the results timeline will be communicated directly with test candidates.

For more information about test expectations, formats, sample scripts and scoring criterion, please see the BEI Study Guide. This guide also includes a list of resources you can use to prepare for the performance test, including books and websites that we have found helpful.

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.

Last revised November 21, 2022