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California Administrative hearing exam
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patriciat
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Jun 9, 2008

I would like to know if anybody is planning to take the California administrative hearing interpreter exam.

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Alexandra Goldburt
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I took it once in 2005 Jun 16, 2008

I passed the written portion and got a mixture of 3's and 4's (with passing grade being 4) in oral portion.

I'm not planning to take it again - I'll stick with my preparation to the Court Certification Exam instead. The reason I took it in the first place is that I was told by a colleague that it was easier than the Court exam. Well, now I know that while my colleague did not intentionally misinform me, he was wrong nevertheless. Many years ago, Administrative Hearing Exam used to be easier indeed, but this is no longer the case. In fact, my impression was that it was more difficult - for the following reasons:

1. It was heavy on the terminology related to administrative law, especially workers comp - and, if you use ACEBO materials to prepare for the exam, you learn very little of this terminology.

2. I have never been very good with numbers in simultaneous interpreting, even though now, with years of practice, I'm getting better and better. Now, it was my impression that the simultaneous part of the Admin. exam was about 30% numbers. It sounded to me like [word] [word] [number] [word] [word] [number]. OK, I may be exagerating a bit, but I felt I was overwhelmed with numbers and could not keep up.

So, I decided to stick with the Court Exam instead. The price for the exam is the same; the effort it take to prepare is the same; and the benefits of passing in terms of where you can work are much greater.

I did not mean to discourage you, though, and I wish you luck in whatever exam you choose to take.


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