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The Interpreting Test

The aim of the Interpreting Test is to simulate, as best as possible, a situation where interpreting would be required in order to assess the ability of candidates to interpret smoothly and fluently and convey the original message correctly.

The Interpreting Test will be held virtually using Zoom, rather than in a professional sound recording studio as has been the case since the beginning. We would like to emphasise that we are using this platform as a means of holding the Interpreting Test, which will be easier and safer for candidates and which will make the Interpreting Test more accessible than ever.

Successful candidates will become Interpreting members of the Association in exactly the same way as the 86 who have succeeded in the Association’s Interpreting Test since it was first held in 2005. Another category of Interpreting Membership is not being offered to those who succeed in the Interpreting Test held using this platform.

In the Interpreting Test candidates are required to interpret two contrasting pieces, each lasting approximately 10 minutes. Up to 15 minutes is set aside to read information on both pieces before beginning to interpret. The test pieces are played on Zoom. Each candidate’s test will be recorded and that recording will be sent to two members of the Association’s Register of Interpreting Assessors who will assess it.

The Interpreting Test into English

The Interpreting Test into English will be held on Tuesday, 15 June 2021.

The fees for the Interpreting Test are:

- £140 for members, as well as Recognised Companies Recognised or Associate Organisations, and Student Associates.

- £170 for everyone else.

VAT will not be added to these fees.

The closing date for registration will be Friday, 28 May 2021.

  • Please note, the Interpreting Test into Welsh will not be held this time.

The information sheet and registration form are only available in Welsh.