NIC Knowledge Exam Prep – Course Materials

Those who do the self-paced course should have most of the following books:

  • Humphrey, J. H. & Alcorn, B. J. (2007). So You Want to Be an Interpreter: an Introduction to Sign Language Interpreting (4th ed.). H&H Publishing. (The 4th edition is available from
  • Mindess, A. (2014). Reading Between the Signs: Intercultural Communication for Sign Language Interpreters (3rd edition). Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press.
  • Stewart, D. A., Schein, J. D. & Cartwright, B. E. (2004). Sign Language Interpreting: Exploring Its Art and Science. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Valli, C. & Lucas, C. (2005). Linguistics Of American Sign Language: An Introduction (4th edition). Washington, DC
  • Baker-Shenk, C. & Cokely, D. (1980). American sign language: a teacher’s resource text on grammar and culture. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.
  • Van Cleve, John Vickrey, & Barry A. Crouch. (1989). A Place of Their Own: Creating the Deaf Community in America. Gallaudet University Press
  • Seal, Brenda Chafin. (2004). Best Practices in Educational Interpreting. Allyn & Bacon.
  • Kelly, Jean E. (2001). Transliterating: Show Me the English. RID Press.

Where to order:

If you are planning to purchase books, these are the two we recommend most, in terms of date of publication and broadest applicability. However, you may wish to purchase books that best expand areas of topics that need more study.