Professional court interpreters are individuals who possess an educated, native-like mastery of both English and another language; display wide general knowledge, characteristic of what a minimum of two years of general education at a college or university would provide; and perform the three major types of court interpreting: sight translation, consecutive interpreting and simultaneous interpreting.
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Resources for Current and Prospective Court Interpreters
Written and Oral Exam Information
Written Examination Overview for Candidates
This document has been prepared to help persons aspiring to become certified court interpreters understand what the written test measures, how it is administered, and how to prepare for taking the exam.
General NCSC Oral Exam Development Information
This document provides an overview of the NCSC’s oral exam development process and includes information on NCSC oral exam rating.
Common Oral Interpreting Exam Performance Deficiencies
This document provides examples of common interpreting deficiencies that negatively impact performance on the oral interpreting examination. It is intended to assist candidates in understanding why they may have obtained scores lower than they anticipated.
Court Interpreter Practice Materials
Practice Scripts and Audio Files
To practice your interpreting skills in the three modes of court interpretation:
Glossary Template with Keywords
This document is to be used in conjunction with the Court Interpreter Practice Materials for candidates to note the meaning in context, as well as possible renditions in the candidate’s non-English language, for each of the keywords identified throughout the practice assessment scripts.