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patriciat
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Jul 12, 2007

I would like to know if any of you are planning on taking the
California certification exam. I would like to form a virtual study group.

If you took it already, what study tips can you give us.
Do you recomend any formal training program?

Thank you


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Ana P. Gutierrez  Identity Verified
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I plan to take the exam Jul 12, 2007

Hi,

I plan to take the exam. I would like to take the upcoming one in September, but if for any reason I do not feel I'm yet ready, I'll take the one in January.

I would love to be a part of a virtual study group.

I live in San Diego, and it is my understanding the San Diego State Universirty has a class/classes specific to this subject and test.

I have just bought some CDs from ACEBO to assist me in my training for the test. Haven't tried them yet, but I've heard really good comments about their material.

Can't wait to be a part of this group!

(:
Ana


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patriciat
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September or November? Jul 12, 2007

Ana Gutierrez wrote:

Hi,

I plan to take the exam. I would like to take the upcoming one in September, but if for any reason I do not feel I'm yet ready, I'll take the one in January.

I would love to be a part of a virtual study group.

I live in San Diego, and it is my understanding the San Diego State Universirty has a class/classes specific to this subject and test.

I have just bought some CDs from ACEBO to assist me in my training for the test. Haven't tried them yet, but I've heard really good comments about their material.

Can't wait to be a part of this group!

(:
Ana


Ana,

I believe there is no exam in September the next exam date is in November. I am talking about the oral exam. perhaps you are referring to the written exam. The Acebo tapes are good for the oral, but not the written

Please clarify


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Tae Kim  Identity Verified
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it's a very hard test Jul 12, 2007

Hi

I took the exam about two months ago, and I failed. The test was much harder than I thought. I first thought I could pass it easily, so I didn't prepare at all before I went to the exam place. There were a lot of people, I took it at UCLA. I tell you, the test is really hard, mine was on Korean, and some of the questions there were really even hard to understand. It was a lot harder than SAT and even LSAT. Don't think of it as easy. It cost more like $400 each time you take it, so, you'd better pass it the first time you take it. I'm not thinking of taking it again until after I save some money for applying it again.


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patriciat
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Written exam Jul 12, 2007

I believe you are talking about the written. I took it in Spanish I took it at UCLA also, now I am trying to prepare for the oral the oral is even harder

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Ana P. Gutierrez  Identity Verified
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Taking the written test Jul 13, 2007

Patricia Torres wrote:

I am talking about the oral exam. perhaps you are referring to the written exam. The Acebo tapes are good for the oral, but not the written

Please clarify


You are correct Patricia, I will be taking the written exam, not the oral.
What do you think is helpful material to prepare for the written?


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patriciat
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written exam tips Jul 13, 2007

Ana,
If your strong language is Spanish I suggest you get a GRE book, from that book study only synonims and reading comprehension. get also a GMAT book and from that use the sentence correction and reading comprehension. Take your time during the test because you have 4 hours more than enough time to complete the test. I completed the test in 2 hours, so you have time to carefully consider the answers.
I found that reading comprehension was not very hard I think the worst part was spanish sentense correction and Spanish is my strong language.

I hope this helps


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Magda12
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For the Written Exam Aug 15, 2007

Hi! Thanks so much to everyone for all the info.. I'm shopping for the GRE/GMAT book for a brush-up. Although Spanish is my native English, I'm stronger in English. What would be the equivalent of the GMAT/GRE book in Spanish? I'm taking the test in Sept., and my Spanish is not as good as I believed it was...

Thanks in advance for any response!!!

- Magda


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Ana P. Gutierrez  Identity Verified
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Bilingual GRE to prepare for California Court interpreter exam Aug 15, 2007

Hi Magda,

Recently a friend of mine gave me the name of the GRE in English and Spanish to study for the exam:

GRE Level General Spanish and English Terminology: False Cognates and Translation/Interpretation Annotated Bibliography, Santa Monica A-Lexix Publications, 1993
By Alexander Rainof.

I also found it listed on the California Courts 'Suggestions for Independent Study':
http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/programs/courtinterpreters/suggindstudy.htm

Good luck with the test!
(:
Ana


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Magda12
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Tips for the Oral Exam? Nov 4, 2007

Hello!...

Ana, btw, thank you for the helpful advice!! I got GRE vocabulary flashcards for the English portion, practiced a LOT of Spanish vocab and by some miracle, I passed!! Really did not expect to pass my first time around.

Patricia, how are you preparing for the oral exam? I'm going for it in November too. I don't think I have a chance at all to pass it, as I haven't had enough time to study so soon after the written, but I'm still studying as much as I can. My goal for now is to not completely embarrass myself and not fail too miserably, hahaha. Hopefully the second time around (March?) I'll be closer to passing it. What I'm doing for now is just practicing simultaneous, consecutive and vocab.

Any help would be appreciated!!

- Magda


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Do not forget Sight translation Nov 5, 2007

sight translation is an important componenet that you should not underestimate it. you should practice the flow of your delivery and brush up on your vocabularies In general for preparation I beleive the Acebo materials are very good.

Good luck


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tonyjfreitas
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Portuguese Exam Nov 13, 2007

This exam sounds like a nightmare.
I recently found this site in my quest to obtain info on the legal translator exam for California. Portuguese is my native and I must say that I am rusty. I've started to practice by only speaking Portuguese with my parents. Can anyone tell me what materials would work best or should I take a class to get a head start?
I currently live in Boston and I will be moving to San Francisco in March. From what I've read in this forum, is it true that there is an exam in March? Where can I find a website with this sort of information?

Thanks,
Tony


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I would recommed that you also take a class Nov 13, 2007

I would recommed that you also take a class I don't know hard it is the on for your language pair , but for Spanish is very hard

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tonyjfreitas
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Thank you for your reply. I will look into classes.

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SD Resident
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Where can I get a GRE equivalent study book in Spanish? Nov 19, 2007

I am trying to expand my spanish vocabulary and am looking for an equivalent GRE workbook in spanish. Could someone give some advice?

I appreciate any help to prepare for the oral exam. Has anybody taken this exam that can provide any helpful tips?

thank you!

[Edited at 2007-11-20 23:30]


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