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Poll: How quickly do you return test translations?
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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 01:55
Turkish to English
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Other Nov 19, 2009

I would return them as speedily as possible, but would obviously prioritise any paid work or other pressing business that I had, so it all depends on how many other more pressing calls there were on my time.

 

Interlangue (X)
Angola
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English to French
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I seldom do accept Nov 19, 2009

I generally do not do test translations: I do not have the time.

I do accept some from my regular agency customers though, and always return them before the agreed deadline. They are paid just as any other translation.

Lately, it has been a means for the end customer to approve entry into a regular translators’ team, or allow him to make a choice between several service providers of the agency.


 

Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 18:55
Member (2009)
French to English
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If I do consent to do one Nov 19, 2009

I'll do it if I'm available...obviously, paid work takes precedence.

 

Transtaling  Identity Verified
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English to French
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I rarely do test translations Nov 19, 2009

I rarely accept test translations as I know some may take profit of it to get a free translation.

Moreover, some companies ask tests which take you a long time and I can not afford to work two or three hours for free!

What I sometimes ask is to be paid for the test if I'am chosen for the whole translation. Unfortunately, it has never been accepted so far...


 

Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
France
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Member (2007)
German to French
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Other Nov 19, 2009

I do test translations, but it is still obvious that paid work takes over, so I do tests whenever I have time.

 

Marjolein Verhulsdonck-Roest
Netherlands
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Member (2009)
English to Dutch
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I voted 'Other' Nov 19, 2009

Interlangue wrote:

I generally do not do test translations: I do not have the time.

I do accept some from my regular agency customers though, and always return them before the agreed deadline. They are paid just as any other translation.


Same here.


 

DianeGM  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:55
Member (2006)
Dutch to English
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No time ... Nov 19, 2009

I don't do test translations.

It's not a policy I have or anything, it's just in practice I don't have time. If I had some down time and I was sent one concerning a client or job I was really interested in I guess I would. But no existing customers are sending me any and I'm not actively looking for any new clients at the moment .. so I'm not receiving any.

When I started out I freelancing and my schedule wasn't always full I remember I think I did a handful - but I never heard anything back, postive or negative, and they never lead to any jobs. I don't know if I was unlucky or inexperienced or too slow in returning them or if that's generalisable. But these days nobody is even asking me.


 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 00:55
Member (2008)
English to Italian
ASAP Nov 19, 2009

DianeGM wrote:

When I started out I freelancing and my schedule wasn't always full I remember I think I did a handful - but I never heard anything back, postive or negative, and they never lead to any jobs. I don't know if I was unlucky or inexperienced or too slow in returning them or if that's generalisable.



same here from this point of view.
Now I do test translations, the time needed to do it depends on the workload first, secondly on the (potential) client, I mean if I send my CV because I read a job offer and they need a test translation, ok, but I choose "WHO" can ask test translations. So because I think that who asks me for a test translation is important to me, I try to do it within hours, if it's possibile, otherwise the following day

Anyway things changed, I got some jobs, I got feedbacks... but I think it also goes with experience, and now I am able to provide better samples, a list of references, and a website where I explain who I am and my fields.

Regards

PS today I cannot write smoothly, I have just re-read my post and... well please do not insult me!!icon_smile.gif


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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I return short ones right away; don't do long ones Nov 19, 2009

I don't mind the short ones. Sometimes they come as a nice change of pace.

 

Laurent KRAULAND (X)  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 00:55
French to German
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I don't do them test translations... Nov 19, 2009

except when I can ascertain that I compete on equal grounds with colleagues working in the same pair(s) - which is e.g. possible through the ProZ.com job posting system and in which case I return them within 12 to 24 hours.

[Edited at 2009-11-19 11:46 GMT]


 

Romeo Mlinar  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 23:55
English to Serbian
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If you are an established translator Nov 19, 2009

...I assume you do not have to waste time on test translations.

I have done several. Interesting thing is that test translation can prove how professional an agency is. Also, good agencies give enough time, especially if they ask for comments and backtranslation.

I generally do not translate more than 300 w for testing.

One agency that recently reposted their application asked of me to do 1000 w of subtitles. I translated 300 and refused to do more. The reply was that I "do not meet the requirements". Alas, how sorry I am...


 

Oleksandr Kupriyanchuk  Identity Verified
Ukraine
Local time: 01:55
Russian to English
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Usually do not do test. NEVER do long tests Nov 19, 2009

What is particularly weird is that very often - if not always! - the "JUDGES" are by far less qualified than translators being testedicon_smile.gif

As a rule, they give you either jobs or unpaid tests.

So do not deceive youselves too much.


 

Rebekka Groß (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:55
English to German
Other Nov 19, 2009

Even as an established translator, localization companies rarely add you to their database without a test translation.

I do them if I've initiated contact with a potential new client but limit the number of words to 300-350 and return them when I can fit it in.

Overall, I prefer paid test translations, where a company will give me a small file from a live project (e. g. 3000 words), review my translation and if they're happy with the standard include me in the team. One disadvantage of this is that I usually have to wade through all the project related guidelines, which can be time consuming. On the other hand, once accepted for a project I don't have to review all that info again as I usually receive related work straight away.


 

Romeo Mlinar  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 23:55
English to Serbian
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There is a difference Nov 19, 2009

Alexander Kupriyanchuk wrote:
What is particularly weird is that very often - if not always! - the "JUDGES" are by far less qualified than translators being testedicon_smile.gif


True! I had an example when I had "not passed". I requested detailed results and comments that were not initially sent. To my surprise, some things were declared "grammatically incorrect" while being perfectly fine, and some entries were not commented at all, just declared "invalid".

Not to mention that I had to point out that the test in question was more copyriting than mechanical translation (ad info).

The above is far cry from an established agency, which had very detailed notes on every entry, comments on style, grammar, text understanding, commented backtranslation... with a separate conclusion in another file. Oh, I passed, btwicon_smile.gif


 
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