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California Court Interpreting Certification Reform 2010

Posted by Legal / Medical Interpreter on 07/26/2010

The word out is the following:

With a continuous passing rate of less than 5 %, there is great reform to come in the way this exam is graded, admisistered and what content will be tested.

Written: the exam will only test English. It will also be pertinent to the Legal sphere.

Oral: the words per minute will slow down from the current 140 wpm to 120 wpm. Also,the graders will be set all over the nation giving a more balanced grading experience to each exam.

Lastly, the west coast is attempting at creating a Court Interpreting Consortium like the one in the east coast. With this, certification will allow for multi-state work eligibility like Nevada, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and a few more.

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3 Responses to “California Court Interpreting Certification Reform 2010”

  1. Anabella said

    Dear Transart,

    As far as Im concerned the west coast is NOT attempting at creating a Court Interpreting Consortium like the one in the east coast, rather is simply joining the already exisiting Consortium.

    I liked your summary of things that are going to change. I appreciate that you pointed out that the speeed of the simultaneous is going to decrease in 20 WPM, but another point that I consider fundamental, is that the pass mark will no longer be 80% but 70%.

    Also the price of the oral will go from $250 to $350.

    Furthermore, every candidate that has already passed the old written will now have 4 additional attempts at the oral, regardless how many times they took the oral in the past.

    Thank you so much for posting such an informative article,

    I would love to hear more about this topic,

    Anabella

  2. Marcella Alohalani Boido said

    California joined the Consortium in 2000. For accurate information about Consortium exams, I suggest you familiarize yourselves with their web site.
    http://www.ncsconline.org/D_Research/CourtInterp.html
    You will find extensive information about their exams, testing policies, the manuals for test administration, and so forth.

    It is true, the written exam only tests English. There is also an ethics exam. The English Written has a nationwide pass rate of about 46% when 80% correct is the pass mark. Some states have lowered the pass mark for the written to 70%. Such is the case in Hawaii, where I am a certified court interpreter. (However, I took the Written English just to see what it’s like, because as a person who has passed the AOUSC written in both Spanish and English, I’m exempted from taking the Consortium Written English.)

    I have also passed the California written exams in both Spanish and English, and I consider that when I took it, in 1993 or so, it was about the same as the federal–just much longer.

    The nationwide pass rate for the Consortium Spanish oral is about 12-13% overall.

    How did I obtain this information? I wrote to Wanda Romberger, the person in charge.
    “Ms. Wanda Romberger”

    I consider that the pass rates for other languages cannot be computed reliably until such time as more people have taken them. However, they are not easy. We have three people in Hawaii who have passed in Languages Other Than Spanish (LOTS) and several more who have come close. All of those who passed studied very hard. One of them was already certified by the U.S. Dept. of State at the Conference level, which is the highest level offered by the State Dept.

    If you want more information, I suggest you consult the Consortium and California Judiciary web sites.

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