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US State Dept. translation exam - mind telling me about your experiences with it?
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To anyone who has taken the State Dept. translation exam - would you mind telling me about your experiences with it?

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Want to give this question a bump! Oct 21, 2004

Still wondering about this - anyone have any experience with this test?

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- Feb 15, 2005

No idea about that. I passed only ICTY test.
Does anyone what other tests are available (eg. UN, EU, etc.)?


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To Ana - re other exams in other places Feb 24, 2005

Hello Ana -

Here are two qualifying exams given in Austria.

1. The UN offers a proficiency exam with certificate, as well as very good language instruction, in all 6 official UN languages and (in Vienna) German. The standards, of course, are quite high. To my knowledge, the examinations are open to any UN employees who can show that they have studied a language, but I doubt if outsiders can apply.

2. The University of Vienna periodically administers a two-day qualifying examination in many different languages. I think German has to be at least the source language, but I'm not sure about that. For those who pass, this 'diploma' is equivalent to a university degree and meets language requirements needed to qualify as a civil servant at ministerial level (first level) or as a notarized court translator (second level). It is intended for those beyond student age who have gained profound language skills 'outside' and could not reasonably be expected to interrupt their careers for four years of university language study. You do not have to be enrolled anywhere to apply, but not everyone is accepted to take the exams. They are quite difficult.


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