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Maria Eugenia Farre  Identity Verified
Brazil
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English to Portuguese
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Mar 12, 2003

We\'ve all seen it happen. Submit your resume to an agency and they send you a test translation. Are they all worth taking?



Here are two very interesting articles on the subject:



Test Translations: To do or not to do?

http://www.accurapid.com/journal/16tests.htm



and



Test Translations- An Update

http://accurapid.com/journal/24tests.htm



Enjoy and wise up!

ME



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Nikita Kobrin  Identity Verified
Lithuania
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Very interesting and useful! Mar 12, 2003


Thanx Maria!


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Antonella Andreella  Identity Verified
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Thank you! Mar 13, 2003

I\'ll copy and paste and email to some agencies...





Antonella


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Marina Zinno  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:15
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perfectly true Mar 13, 2003

I\'m not a worldwide translator, therefore I never had to do translation test (exepted for the little texts proposed on the bid jobs!!)

Anyway, i just want to underline that I work for a translation agency which does not make any translation test to new translators, but test them directly with new jobs, otherwise everyone, or at least lot of them would surely give us a perfect test...

as this translator on your links says:



\"In general, my approach to doing these tests was as follows: I did the tests only in my fields of knowledge (electronics, IT, automotive, advertising, marketing, PR). After having translated a text, I proofread it three times. After that, I sent the test translation to a Russian expert in the respective area who I knew had a good knowledge of English—mainly to check special Russian terminology. After that, I sent the translation to my friend, a translator with over 20 years of experience, for final proofreading. In most cases the revisions suggested by my editors were minimal, but I took all this trouble just to be sure that my test translations were perfect.\"



Regards and BUON LAVORO to all!

Marina


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