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John-Paul Greco  Identity Verified
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Oct 9, 2008

Hello everyone. I've been asked to do a test translation that is over 1200 words long. Does that seem right? I've done a few tests, but this, to me, seems quite long for a test. Can I get any opinions regarding the standard length of a test translation, or what one can do if they feel doubtful? I would apreciate any feedback.

Thank-you in advance,


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James McVay  Identity Verified
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Recently discussed Oct 9, 2008

A very similar question was recently discussed at some length here:

http://www.proz.com/forum/translation_theory_and_practice/117533-translation_test.html


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Daniel Šebesta  Identity Verified
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My limits Oct 9, 2008

John-Paul,

I do free tests up to 250, in special cases 300 words. If a client needs more volume to get an impression of my work, I refer them to my sample translations in my profile and/or I offer them a paid test translation (e.g. at 75% of my standard rate).

HTH,

Daniel


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Elisabete Cunha  Identity Verified
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Too long Oct 9, 2008

Hi John-Paul

It seems to me that the test is too long. An acceptable translation test shouldn't exceed 300-400 words.
Of course this can vary according to each particular situation.
I once did a test of 700 words but I was applying for an assignment of 200.000 words, so I gave it a try.

See if it is worth in your case and if the client is interesting to you or not.

Good luck!


Elisabete Cunha


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Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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One more recent thread Oct 9, 2008

http://www.proz.com/topic/114143

Uldis


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John-Paul Greco  Identity Verified
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Advice on Test Translations Oct 9, 2008

Thank-you for the responses. I'd already done quite a bit of it before concluding that 1200 seems quite long. I'm about half way through. I wonder what I should tell them.

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Trudy Peters  Identity Verified
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As a paid test only Oct 9, 2008

Tell the client you'll do the 1200 words for pay, otherwise they'll have to be satisfied with ~300 words. You can word it a bit more diplomatically

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Boris Sigalov
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200 words Oct 10, 2008

In most cases I refuse to do free tests at all. On rare occasions when I accept a test it shouldn't exceed 200 words.

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