Formerly known as the “Oral Exam” or “Oral Interpreting Exam”, the California Court Bilingual Interpreter Exam is offered twice a year. This year, it is available September 23-25.
This test measures language knowledge and fluency in both languages and the ability to successfully render meaning from target to source language in each of the three modes of interpreting that are required of court interpreters — SI, CI, and ST.
Interpreters who pass this test will demonstrate that they are considered minimally competent to interpret in California’s court system.
More information on the test can be found here.
While the exam may be three months away, it’s never too soon to start preparing for it. IEO’s Advanced 8-Unit Course for Legal Interpreters can help you do just that. The Advanced course contains glossaries to help you become familiar with commonly used legal terms and expressions, along with their translations in the target language. In addition, the course contains exercises in the simultaneous, consecutive, and sight translation modes. IEO’s exercises are based on actual transcripts or other court documents in order to simulate actual court interpreting.
Have questions or would like to schedule a tour of the course? Please don’t hesitate to contact us!