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CATTI's Methods of Test and Apprasal

The titles of Senior Translator and Interpreter are acquired through the method of appraisal, and candidates for Senior Translator and Interpreter must obtain the Translation and Interpretation Proficiency Qualification Certificates for Translator and Interpreter of Level 1. The titles of Translator and Interpreter of Level 1 are acquired through the method of test and appraisal. The concrete methods of appraisal of Senior Translator and Interpreter and Translator and Interpreter of Level 1 will be formulated separately.

The methods of tests based on uniform outlines, uniform test papers and uniform standards are adopted for Translators and Interpreters of Level 2 and Level 3.

The test for interpreter consists of two parts: Interpreting Comprehensive Aptitude and Interpreting Practice. The Interpreting Practice in the test for Interpreters of Level 2 consists of two specialities: Consecutive Interpreting and Simultaneous Interpreting.

The test for translator consists of two parts: Translating Comprehensive Aptitude and Translating Practice.

The test for Interpreting Comprehensive Aptitude proceeds by listening to the tape and answering questions in writing as required. Consecutive Interpreting and Simultaneous Interpreting in the Interpreting Practice in the test for Interpreters of Level 2 and the Interpreting Practice in the test for Interpreters of Level 3 proceed by on-site recording. The time for the Interpreting Comprehensive Aptitude and Consecutive Interpreting and Simultaneous Interpreting in the Interpreting Practice in the test for Interpreters of Level 2 is 60 minutes. The time for Interpreting Practice for Interpreters of Level 3 is 30 minutes.

Tests for Translating Comprehensive Aptitude and Translating Practice proceed by writing directly on test papers. The time for Translating Comprehensive Aptitude is 120 minutes, and the time for Translating Practice is 180 minutes.

CATTI is designed to test examinees’ linguistic knowledge, background knowledge and translation or interpreting skills.

The passing rate for translators of Level 3 is about 20%, the passing rate for translators of Level 2 is about 16%, the passing rate for interpreters of Level 3 is about 13%, and the passing rate for interpreters of Level 2 is about 11%.

If an examinee passes the two parts of the test for translator or interpreter at the corresponding level, that is, he/she gets 60 marks for Translating or Interpreting Comprehensive Aptitude and Translating or Interpreting Practice once, he/she is awarded the Translation and Interpretation Proficiency Qualification Certificate of the People’s Republic of China. The Certificate is valid throughout the People’s Republic of China. It is one of the prerequisites for translation and interpretation professional and technical post. According to the relevant regulations of the Ministry of Personnel of the People’s Republic of China, translation and interpretation proficiency qualification test has been incorporated into the national system of professional qualification certificates. After the test is introduced to the whole country, appraisal of translation and interpretation professional and technical posts for corresponding foreign languages and levels will cease.

In light of needs, employers can give corresponding posts to those candidates who obtain the Translation and Interpretation Proficiency Qualification Certificate for Translator or Interpreter of Level 2 or Translator or Interpreter of Level 3 and who meet qualifications for posts of translator or interpreter or assistant translator or assistant interpreter as prescribed in the Regulations on Posts of Translator and Interpreter for Trial Implementation.

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