Test Information

  • Employees of DSHS please follow Bilingual Employee Test Scheduling Guidelines.
  • All others must schedule tests online through our scheduling system.
  • Certified Languages: Chinese-Cantonese, Chinese-Mandarin, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.
  • Screened Languages: All non-certified languages - speakers of these languages receive authorization rather than certification but credentials are functionally the same.
  • Tests Offered:
    • Document Translator (certified languages only): requires passing one written test ($50). This is not an interpreter test. It is for the translation of written materials only.
    • Medical Interpreter (certified and screened languages): requires passing both oral ($45) and written ($30) tests.
    • Social Service Interpreter (certified and screened languages): requires passing both oral ($45) and written ($30) tests.
  • All certifications and authorizations require two hours of either medical or social service orientation and two hours of ethics training.
  • For Chinese-Cantonese and Chinese-Mandarin interpreters, only one written test is needed for both certificates in each category (medical/social service) provided that the written is passed within two years of the oral test.
  • For multiple screened languages, only one written test is needed for all languages in each category (medical/social service) provided that the written is passed within two years of the oral test.
  • Please read the Examination Manual and Registration Polices prior to scheduling a test.