Section 9 - Tips For Taking The Test

Consecutive Interpreting

Sight Translation:

  • Use the 3 minutes of preparation time wisely. Do not try to translate the entire text. Use this time to get a general idea of the type and content of the text, identify the main points, pinpoint potential problems, and write down any equivalents that come to mind.
  • Try to maintain an even pace as you sight translate.
  • Avoid long pauses between sentences. You can do this by reading ahead while you are sight translating the previous sentence.

Consecutive Interpreting:

  • You should take note of names, dates and numbers as you listen, as you may not be able to remember them when it is your turn to interpret. However, do not let note-taking interfere with careful listening.
  • Your interpretation should reflect the tone and style of the speaker. If the speaker uses familiar language, you should do the same. If the speaker is hesitant, you should also sound hesitant.

Simultaneous Interpreting:

  • While you are expected to interpret at virtually the same time as the speaker is speaking, you have to wait to hear a few words from the speaker before you can start interpreting. You will therefore constantly be a few words behind the speaker. However, try not to get too far behind.
  • You may take note of names, dates and numbers during this exercise. However, remember that you will have very little time to do so, as you will be interpreting at the same time as the speaker is speaking. You may be better off relying on your memory.
  • In simultaneous interpreting, as in consecutive interpreting, your interpretation should reflect the tone and style of the speaker.

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