Testing

interpreter test

LanguageLine Academy has developed the following tests to help interpreters, bilingual employees and organizations assess their language and interpreting skills.

 

Language Proficiency Test for bilingual staff and interpreter assessment

Language proficiency requires knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and syntax, among other things. The test is an oral proficiency interview conducted entirely in the tested language and designed to identify an individual’s level of linguistic proficiency. This test uses Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) rating scale, which is widely accepted by the government agencies and education sector in the United States.

Although fluency in two languages is required for interpreters, bilingualism alone is not sufficient to ensure that the bilingual individual has the specific skill-set needed for interpreting between the two languages. The language proficiency test is also available in English to help determine the ability of a non-native English speaker to communicate with English speaking clients.

All LLA tests have been validated by external experts or a psychometrician.

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> Additional information on the Language Proficiency Testing

Interpreter Skills Test

This test assists organizations in determining whether bilingual individuals who are being asked to interpret have the basic skills to provide interpreting It can also be used as the first step to determine whether a candidate who will be hired as an in-house interpreter has the basic interpreting skills needed for the job. The Skills test usually follows the Language Proficiency Test which determines the needed fluency of the interpreter, this test then can be used to further assesses an individual skills.

Test evaluates:

  • Fluency in English and the tested language
  • Knowledge of basic medical terminology
  • Accuracy of interpreting
  • Attentive listening
  • Information retention
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Role of the interpreter
  • Presentation and delivery
  • Customer service skills

Test format:
The test is performed orally over the phone, is administered by a specially trained test expert, lasts approximately 30 minutes and is recorded. The employer shall decide the location from which a test candidate may take the test.

Test results:
A written report will be provided to the employer and registrant via e-mail within a week, and it includes:

  • Numerical and percentage scores
  • Summary of the test candidates performance
  • Recommendation for further skill development

A “Certificate of Competency in Language Interpreting” will be issued by mail to all test candidates who successfully pass the test.

> more information on the Interpreter Skills Test Informational Sheet

Medical Interpreter Certification Test

LanguageLine Academy currently offers medical certification tests in 14 languages. This test assists organizations in evaluating the interpreting skills and knowledge of the medical profession for individuals who will be interpreting in a wide range of clinical scenarios. The test has been externally validated by third-party psychometricians to ensure its content and delivery validity.

Test format:
The test is performed orally over the phone, is administered by a specially trained test expert, lasts between 45 minutes and 1 hour and is recorded. The employer (if an organization) or individual, shall decide the location from which a test candidate may take the test.

Test evaluates:

  • Medical terminology knowledge
  • Medical procedure knowledge
  • Interpreting skills and protocols
  • Bilingual language fluency
  • Knowledge of culture-specific medical practices
  • Topics covered: Health Insurance, Public Health, Managed Care, Medical Specialties and Professions, Doctor Visits, General Anatomy, Symptoms, Pain Descriptors, Vision Care, Emergency Room/First Aid, OB/GYN, Pregnancy, Women’s Health Issues, Men’s Health Issues, Medical Tests, Surgery, Prescriptions, Mental Health, Pediatrics, Immunizations, Medical Equipment, Diseases, Terminal Care, Allergies, Alternative Medicine, Nutrition, Medical Consent, Genetic Counseling

Test results:
A written report will be provided to the employer via e-mail within a week, and it includes:

  • Numerical and percentage scores
  • Summary of the test candidate’s performance
  • Recommendation for further skill development

A “Certificate of Competency in Medical Interpreting” will be issued by mail to candidates who successfully pass the test.

> more information on the Medical Certification Test Informational Sheet

Court Certification Test for trained court interpreters

Communication between court staff, including judges, lawyers, and limited English proficient individuals requires high quality professional interpreting services. The Court Certification Test is an oral interpreting exam that consists of dialogues between two or more parties, reflecting typical court proceedings, such as arraignments, traffic offenses, bail/bond reviews and preliminary hearings.

The Court Certification Test also helps the court staff ensure that their interpreters have the knowledge of terminology and protocol necessary to provide professional interpreting services for a variety of court scenarios and enables interpreters to certify their competence through a validated testing process.

The Court Certification Test assesses:

  • Knowledge of legal terminology
  • Familiarity with general vocabulary, including idiomatic expressions
  • Legal procedures and court protocol
  • Consecutive interpreting skills

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