Section 8: Phase II – Oral Certification Exam
(Pre-requisite: successfully complete Phase I)
(a) simultaneous interpretation from English to the applicable foreign language;
(b) consecutive interpretation, English to the applicable foreign language and applicable foreign language to English; and
(c) sight translation (two parts) (1) an English document into the applicable foreign language and (2) the applicable foreign language into English.
The Oral Certification Exam is an objective test developed under the auspices of the National Center for State Courts. An individual must score at least 70% in each mode to qualify as an Arkansas Certified Interpreter. For Arkansas scoring purposes, parts one and two of the sight translation mode are combined for one score. The fee for taking the language examination is $200, which must be submitted upon registration. Applicants will be notified in writing on a pass/fail basis. However, an unsuccessful applicant will be informed of which section(s) the applicant failed.
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All prospective interpreters for Limited English Proficiency, L.E.P., individuals must successfully complete requirements stipulated in the Arkansas Supreme Court per Curiam Order dated September 30, 1999 and in the Requirements for Certification of Foreign Language Interpreters in the Arkansas Courts dated January 1, 2013.