September 17, 2010 by  
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Court Interpreter Testing Process- posted 6/29/10

Interpreter Candidate “How do I sign up for the California court interpreting tests?”

Shaw-Chin Chiu, AOC “To begin testing, you have to register with our independent test administrator. You can find them by clicking “Exam Information” on our website.”

“Make sure to read all of the information included in the Candidate Information. These contain important details on test sites, schedules, and fees.”

Interpreter Candidate “Where will I take the exams?”

Shaw-Chin Chiu, AOC “Both the written and oral exams are given at multiple test sites all over the state. The written exams are administered almost every day. You just have to contact our administrator and schedule a test. The oral exams occur on specific dates announced by our test administrator.”

Interpreter Candidate “Once I take an exam, when will I find out if I passed.”

Shaw-Chin Chiu, AOC “You get written exam scores at the test center the same day you take the test, and oral scores usually come a few months after you take the oral exam. Remember, the tests are hard, and they can only evaluate your performance on a particular day. Being bilingual does not guarantee you’ll pass.”

Interpreter Candidate “What if I don’t pass the written exam?”

Shaw-Chin Chiu, AOC “You must wait at least 90 days before you take the written exam again, and you’re eligible to take the written exam twice during a 12-month period.”

Interpreter Candidate “What if I don’t pass the oral examination?”

Shaw-Chin Chiu, AOC “Once you pass the written exam, you can take the oral exam a total of four times. If you don’t pass the oral exam in four tries, you’ll have to take the written exam again.”

Interpreter Candidate “Do most people pass the tests the first time?”

Shaw-Chin Chiu, AOC “Most of our candidates do not pass either the written or oral exam the first time. Some do, it just depends on how prepared you are.”

Interpreter Candidate “Why is it so hard to become a court interpreter?”

Shaw-Chin Chiu, AOC “California has always required a very high level of interpreting skill and ability, and we will continue to do so in the future. Our test standards have not changed even though we may change the way we test or the content of any given exam. We always have one

goal: providing complete and accurate interpretation to court users, as required under the state and federal constitutions.”


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