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04.23.2018

Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters

altIt's time to schedule your exam!

Candidates can schedule their CoreCHI™ examination or CHI™ examination once they have received their official Notice to Schedule email.  Each examination has a separate Notice to Schedule that serves as your Admission Ticket to the examination.

Please do not schedule your examination until you have received the Notice to Schedule for that exam. All that you need to do to schedule your exam - either CoreCHI™ or CHI™ - is to call (844) 704-1487 and speak with a scheduling agent who has access to every test center's schedule. For details and locations specific to a particular exam, click on the corresponding link below.

 

CoreCHI™ Exam - Click here if you received your Notice to Schedule email for the CoreCHI™ exam.

 

CHI™ Exam - Click here if you received your Notice to Schedule email for the CHI™ exam

 

TO BE ADMITTED TO THE EXAMINATION YOU MUST:

1.  Give this Notice to Schedule to the test center proctor when you arrive. For security purposes, you may not keep this confirmation notice with you while you are testing. If you would like this notice back at the conclusion of your testing session, please notify the proctor before you begin your exam.

2.  Bring a current government-issued photo identification with signature (Driver's license, immigration card, passport, State ID card, or military ID card). You will NOT be admitted without proper government-issued identification.

  • Your first and last name on this notice must match the first and last name on your identification exactly.
  • Nicknames are not acceptable 
  • If you have more than one last name listed on your government-issued photo ID, the same last names must be reflected on this notice. 
  • If you have a hyphenated last name, it must be hyphenated on both the identification and on this notice to be admitted. Presenting name change documentation (marriage license, etc) at the testing center is not acceptable. Name change documentation may be submitted to CCHI at least two weeks prior to your testing appointment if needed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3. Report to the examination site no later than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled time. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you will not be admitted and may have to re-pay your examination fee to reschedule.

 

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Smoking is NOT permitted in the examination site.
  • Food and beverages are NOT allowed in the examination area. Please refrain from chewing gum when you are recording your responses on the oral exam.
  • All personal items including books, notebooks, other papers, all electronic equipment (i.e. cell phones, cameras, etc.), backpacks, purses, coats, etc. are NOT permitted in the exam room and must be left outside of the exam room AT YOUR OWN RISK.
  • Friends and relatives, including children, will NOT be allowed in the exam building. 
  • You are not allowed to take any breaks, stand up or move around the testing room during the exam. You are not allowed to leave the testing room until you finish and submit your exam. If you have a health condition that necessitates breaks, you must submit an ADA accommodation request at least 6 weeks prior to the preferred exam date. Read more about our ADA policies and procedures here, or in the Candidate's Examination Handbook.
  • The test center will provide you with scratch paper and a pen/pencil only for the oral performance CHI™ exam. You must leave this at the test center at the conclusion of the examination or your examination will be voided. No notes are allowed during the multiple-choice CoreCHI™ exam.
  • Computer-based tests are delivered via secure internet connections. Internet connections are subject to the local internet providers in the area. While it is not the norm, Internet connections can, on occasion, be lost momentarily, requiring the proctor to log you back into your examination. If this occurs, inform the proctor that your connection has been lost and they will assist you in logging back in to your exam. Your exam time remaining will be exactly the same as it was when the internet connection was lost.
  • If you experience any issues during your examination that were not resolved at the test center AND that you feel will affect the outcome of your exam, you must notify the test center proctor before you leave the test center and ask the proctor to file an issue report with CCHI. You must also contact CCHI separately at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible and within 5 days of taking your exam to make us aware of the issues. 

 

Prohibited Items: Candidates are expressly prohibited from bringing the following items to the test site:

  • cameras, cell phones, optical readers, or other electronic devices that include the ability to photograph, photocopy or otherwise copy test materials, 
  • notes, books, dictionaries or language dictionaries 
  • backpacks, bookbags, or luggage 
  • purses or handbags 
  • iPods, mp3 players, headphones, or pagers 
  • calculators, computers, PDAs, or other electronic devices with one or more memories 
  • personal writing utensils (i.e., pencils, pens, and highlighters)
  • watches
  • food and beverage 
  • hats, hoods or other headgear and
  • coats and jackets (Please note that sweaters and sweatshirts without pockets or hoods are permitted)

 

PLEASE LEAVE PROHIBITED ITEMS AT HOME OR IN YOUR CAR – THE TEST CENTER MAY NOT HAVE SECURE STORAGE FOR YOUR ITEMS If the proctor determines that you have brought any such item(s) to the test site, the item(s) will not be permitted in the testing room. CCHI and its test centers reserve the right to review the memory of any electronic device to determine whether any examination materials have been photographed or otherwise copied. If the review determines that any examination materials are in the memory of any such device, CCH and its test centers reserve the right to delete such materials and/or retain them for subsequent disciplinary action. Upon completion of the review and any applicable deletions, CCHI or its test center will return your device to you, but will not be responsible for the deletion of any materials that may result from our review, whether or not such materials are examination materials. By bringing any such device into the test site in contravention of our policies, you expressly waive any confidentiality or other similar rights with respect to your device, our review of the memory of your device and/or the deletion of any materials.

Please note that CCHI, the test site, and the test administration staff are not liable for lost or damaged items brought to the test site.

ENVIRONMENTAL DISTRACTIONS: Examination room temperature can be unpredictable; therefore, we suggest that you bring appropriate clothing with you (e.g. sweatshirt) to help you adapt to a cooler or warmer climate in the examination room.

 

Congratulations on taking the next step toward becoming a certified healthcare interpreter. Our primary goal is to provide you with a credible process that will enhance the profession of healthcare interpreting and in turn benefit the communities that are in need of healthcare interpreters. CCHI has researched and built its program based on data from the field that reflects the knowledge, skills, performance and expectations for healthcare interpreting.


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To Prepare for Your Exam:

  1. Download and review the test blueprint that provides details on the subjects listed below and covered by the exam: Test Content Outline 2017.

This is the current test blueprint:

CoreCHI™ Exam – Managing Healthcare Interpreter Functions

  • Professional Responsibility and Interpreter Ethics (22% of the exam)
  • Manage the Interpreting Encounter (22%)
  • Healthcare Terminology (22%)
  • U. S. Healthcare System (15%)
  • Cultural Responsiveness (19%) 


CHI™ Exam – Interpreting in a Healthcare Setting

  • Interpret Consecutively (75%)
  • Interpret Simultaneously (14%)
  • Sight Translate (9%)
  • Translate Healthcare Documents (2%)

 

  1. Use CCHI's Exams Study Checklist to develop and follow a personal study plan.  This could include self-study, finding a study buddy or group.

  2. Review our sample questions in the CCHI’s Candidate's Examination Handbook.

  3. Watch CCHI’s Webinars about both exams and how to prepare for them. See the PowerPoint slides about the CoreCHI exam or replay the webinar recording.
    Review the webinar about the CHI™ exam: PowerPoint slides / webinar recording
  4. Read the Job Task Analysis (JTA) Study and Results (2010) to learn how it dertermined the examination content for the exams that are currently in operation. Read the latest 2016 JTA Study report which is the foundation for updating CCHI's exams in 2017 (see #1 above).
  5. Review and understand the healthcare interpreter codes of ethics (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

  6. Review medical terminology.  Sign up for our free downloadable multi-lingual mini-glossaries at http://www.cchicertification.org/certification-resources/mini-glossary-signup.

  7. Take the CoreCHI™ Practice Exam to familiarize yourself with computer-based testing and the type of questions the actual exam contains. Keep in mind that you are not required to take the CoreCHI ™ Practice Exam before scheduling your actual exam. Our proctors at the test center will show you how to navigate the computer-based exam before you start. The Practice exam is at our training modules site (http://cchiinterpreters.org), and you need to create an account first (different than your CCHI Profile account), then click on the title to purchase.For a limited time, March 12-June 12, this practice exam is offered free of charge.
  8. View PowerPoint slides about the CHI™ exam (include screenshots of actual exam).
  9. Take the CHI™ Practice Exam (You are not required to take this exam). The practice exams are free, just click on the exam title and enter the enrollment key specified in the description.
  10. For the CHI™ Exam, create your own vignettes, use YouTube videos, or purchase material that already exists in this area.

  11. Work with a language partner or record yourself and evaluate for accuracy, completeness, grammar, smooth delivery, etc.

  12. Work on your memory skills.

  13. Gather different healthcare documents and instructions given to patients in various settings and sight translate them (i.e., intake, legal waivers, patients education materials, consent forms, etc.).