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RID CI and CT Rating Scales


ODHHS Information and Technical Assistance Series
 
 

Description of the RID CI and CT Rating Scales
(Source: Registry of Interpreter´s of the Deaf, Inc.)
 
 
 
RID has recently implemented a new rating system for the Certificates of Interpretation and Transliteration performance tests. This system is based on a set of 13 items, which we refer to as behaviorally anchored scales. These items represent key behaviors an interpreter must demonstrate in order to be awarded certification. The 13 behaviors are scored on a 1-5 Likert-type scale, with one being low and five being high. They are weighted according to criticality and importance to the task in order to correspond to the St. Paul standard voted on by the certified membership in 1987. There are seven scales/behaviors for the Voice-to-Sign (V-S) section, and six for the Sign-to-Voice (S-V) section. These 13 scales (items) are duplicated for the One-to-One section of the test as the candidate does both V-S and S-V. Therefore a candidate for certification is rated on 26 scales. There are three categories of raters: Deaf consumers, hearing consumers, and certified interpreters. A candidate´s tape of their performance is sent to a rater in each of the three categories.
 
  A general description of the seven scales for the Voice-to-Sign segment are:  
 
1) Sign Parameters
correct and consistent production of sign parameters (handshape, palm orientation, location and movement)
 
 
2) Flow
comfort level of sign flow; Example - smooth, comfortable for viewing, not choppy with few false starts and unnecessary pauses, not over smooth without appropriate pauses
 
 
3) Message Equivalence
message completion with regard to factual information, register and cultural/linguistic adjustments with few minor miscues (omissions/substitutions, additions, and intrusions)
 
 
4) Target Language
uses appropriate target language (e.g. signed English for the transliteration test and ASL for the interpretation test)
 
 
5) Affect
consistency of facial grammar and affect to source language
 
 
6) Vocabulary Choice
conceptually correct sign choices based on meaning rather than form
 
 
7) Sentence Boundaries
clear and consistent identification of sentence types and topic boundaries which match source language
 
  A general description of the six scales for the Sign-to-Voice segment of the test are:  
 
8) Enunciation
clarity and consistency throughout task
 
 
9) Flow
comfort level for listening; example: few false starts, pauses, and non-linguistic behaviors (distracting mannerisms - uh, um, etc.), not over smooth without appropriate pauses
 
 
10) Message Equivalence
message completion with regard to factual information, register and cultural/linguistic adjustments with few minor miscues (omissions/substitutions, additions, and intrusions)
 
 
11) Inflection
consistency of inflection to source language
 
 
12) Vocabulary choice
conceptually correct sign choices based on meaning rather than form
 
 
13) Sentence Boundaries
clear and consistent identification of sentence types and topic boundaries which match source language
 
 
Scales 1-13 are repeated for the One-to-One section of the exam.
 
 
This information co-exists with the raters description of "What is Interpretation?" and "What is Transliteration?" Although all RID tests continue to be non-diagnostic in nature, these documents will prove beneficial for those preparing for the performance exams

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