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Text Membership Examinations for Full and Basic membership of Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru are usually held twice a year, in April and in October.

Candidates may choose to sit the examinations in one of our centres in Aberystwyth, Cardiff or Glynllifon (near Caernarfon).

Examinations

Two examinations, each of 2 hours 5 minutes duration, are held within one examination session:

PAPER 1 – translation from English into Welsh, held in the morning
PAPER 2 – translation from Welsh into English, held in the afternoon

Fees for members: £90 for sitting one paper and £150 for sitting both papers.
Fees for others: £105 for sitting one paper and £180 for sitting both papers.

The Full Membership examination requires candidates to translate two texts of approximately 300 words each, as well as a 300 word text during the week in which the examinations are held.

The Basic Membership examination requires candidates to translate two texts of approximately 250 words each.

Candidates may choose to sit one examination into one language only or to sit both papers.

2022 Text Membership Examinations

The latest variant has brought with it new concerns for us all and has meant some restrictions which we shall see for a while yet. That in turn has had an effect on our plans to hold the Text Membership Examinations in 2022.

It is our intention, circumstances permitting, to return to the usual arrangements of holding the Text Membership Examinations in April and October on both levels, Full and Basic, and in both directions, into Welsh and into English.

In the case of the April examinations, 2 April 2022 has been earmarked for the examinations at the Basic level and 30 April 2022 for the examinations at the Full level.

However, as things are still uncertain, it would not be wise to announce definite plans for the examinations in April at this time. As such, we intend to make a further announcement regarding these examinations during the week beginning 14 February 2022.

In the meantime, prospective candidates can benefit from the training activities which have been organised, which are the new workshop Preparing for the Basic Examination and the e-workshop at the Full level where those taking part will translate the text under the same conditions as those for the ‘homework’ piece in the examination.

We look forward to a year when we can hold the Text Membership Examinations as usual and can welcome new members to Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru.