Interpretation—or orally conveying information from one language to another—requires much more than just being able to speak two languages. It is a complex method of communication requiring a high degree of accuracy and skill. Interpreters are charged with communicating information to and from the source and target languages without errors, omissions, or additions, while preserving the style and cultural elements of the original message.
ALTA offers an Interpretation Assessment in several contexts and language combinations. It requires the candidate to perform a consecutive interpretation between two speakers, and is scored on linguistic components as well as overall accuracy according to our protocol. As total fluency in the language pair is a basic requirement for interpretation, ALTA recommends first screening candidates in their non-native language using the Speaking and Listening Assessment.
ALTA’s Interpretation Assessment is conducted over the phone in a live format. Your candidate will be connected with two evaluators who will be the playing the roles of the speakers in the interpretation script, and who will score the candidate’s performance. To schedule an interpretation test, just contact ALTA’s Scheduling Department once your account has been set up, and you will be given a confirmation of the testing date and time along with the phone number for your candidate to call to be connected with his or her evaluators.
To see which languages we provide language assessments for, visit our Testing Languages Offered page.
Questions? Simply fill out our contact form or call us at 404.920.3832 and someone from our sales team will be happy to answer your questions, listen to your needs, and help you decide which type of testing is right for you. If you are ready to get started, a team member will also assist you with setting up an account so that you can begin testing your candidates right away.
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