A translator transfers a written message from one language into a written message in another language, for the purpose of communication between a writer and reader who do not share the same language.

Translators work with documents from certain typical domains and types, depending on the certification they hold.

NAATI’s Certified Translator test is an objective assessment of the skills and competencies needed to practice as a translator in Australia.

What Will The Test Ask Me To Do?

Certified Translator tests are delivered online. It is important you read the Candidate Information before taking your test.

There are separate tests for LOTE into English and English into LOTE certification.

The test involves completing three tasks:

  • Two translations of a non-specialised text
  • One revision of a non-specialised translation

Each test task will be on a different topic from a different domain. 

Candidates are prohibited from using Microsoft Word or any other grammar and/or spelling tools.

What Do I Need To Know Before I Sit My Test?

Make sure you read and understand the following information before sitting your test:

List of Error Categories

As part of preparing yourself for the revision of a non-specialised translation task, you should familiarise yourself with the error types that you may encounter in the text.

A copy of the relevant list will be supplied as part of the test material.

Sample Materials and Test Preparation

We have a Certified Translator test preparation module available on our learning management system, NAATI Learn, and anyone can enrol. Enrol here to access the following:

  • Practice tests available in 10+ languages, plus an English into LOTE (non-language specific) option, with more languages to be added
  • Access to the Certified Translator testing platform, allowing you to practice using the system and ensure any script fonts you intend to use are compatible
  • Practice both the translation and revision tasks.

To apply for certification, you need to register your email in our customer portal, myNAATI. After you have registered, you can make your application from the myNAATI portal.