ATA exam and Dip Trans (IoL) : differences
Thread poster: idecev326565

idecev326565  Identity Verified
German to Spanish
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Jan 8, 2002

I am about to take the ATA exam. Has anyone taken both? What differences did you find?


Marijke Mayer  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:42
Dutch to English
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It is very tough! a 20% passing rate the first time Jan 9, 2002

Hello, I heard it was very tough as it only as a 20% passing rate for people taking it the first time. But, of course, if you\'re good, you\'ll pass! I wish you good luck!

Best regards,



Oleg Osipov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 03:42
English to Russian
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Who that exam is meant for? Jan 20, 2002

Dear all,

It is my understanding that to become a member of any professional association one should be a professional in the field.

Being a translator/interpreter with the diploma of Interpreting Department - what is the reason to take more exams? Don\'t they trust professionals at the ATA or do they offer a special course in linguistics?

Just wondering.

Thank you,

Oleg Osipov

MA in translation/interpretation

En>Ru, Port>Ru, Sp>Ru



williamson (X)
Local time: 01:42
Dutch to English
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Like GMAC, ATA is a business Jan 30, 2002

Gmac is a private instition (with semi-official characteristics, but it is a private owned business) which provides rather expensive tests such a GMAT and Toefl. They have a splendid HQ in Princeton, NY.

ATA is no charity institution either: To be able to participate in their accreditation test, you have to be a member (at $150/year I believe). Like Gmat and Toefl, the test is not free. If you have a few thousand participants in those tests times a few hundred $ = a lot of money.


Vladimir Dubisskiy  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 18:42
Member (2001)
English to Russian
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there is 'on dossier' (or smth like that) acceptance option Mar 3, 2002

Yes, it exists in many assocc, (in order to collect $130-150 from professionally educated persons as well) -

I would advise to look closer asking --self \"What is the use of me being the member of such-and-such assoc?\" If it\'s only to be entered into a certain directory, receive a newsletter, be able to put \"a member of ..\" into your resume...

I would not advise to play the game if you have a professional degree. Better make it verified with a well-known credential association agency (from the States, for instance, if you work mostly with English, and add a reference to you cv). You will pay $120 but only once.

However the above is my humble personal opinion based on personal experience.


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