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About the Exam

Introduction >>

This ATA certification exam is a three-hour, proctored, open book test comprised of three text passages. Two out of the three passages must be translated.

Purpose >>

The exam is designed to assess an individual's ability to provide quality, professional translation in a specified source-target language combination.

Standard for passing >>

The standard for passing the exam is a level of obvious competence with some room for growth-roughly equivalent to a Level 3 on the Interagency Language Roundtable scale.

Handwritten or keyboarded >>

Most exam sittings are now offered in computerized format. A handwritten option is also available in most cases.

Grading the Exam

Pass or fail only

ATA exam results are pass or fail only. There is no score or grade. This is the prevailing practice of many high-stakes credentialing exams.

Procedure for grading >>

Every exam is independently evaluated by two or more certification program graders. The process ensures both anonymity and objectivity.

Standardized error marking

Two primary documents serve as the basis for all error marking in the ATA certification program:

Into-English grading standards >>

This comprehensive standards document applies to the grading of all ATA into-English exams-an invaluable resource for certification exam candidates.

After the Exam

When will I receive my exam results?

Allow at least fifteen weeks. The waiting period may increase when the exam schedule is heavy.

Yay! I passed >>

What's next? Download your ATA-certified translator seal, begin using your CT designation, include your certification on your business cards, and more.

Request for exam review >>

Any candidate who believes an exam has been graded incorrectly may request a re-evaluation by a third grader.

Recertification >>

Continuing education is an important part of the ATA Certification program. The program's recertification requirement emphasizes this aspect of the profession and shows clients that knowledge is not a one-time test.