Intercultural Competency is the knowledge and skill required by interpreters and translators that allows them to identify culturally-specific information in the source language, appropriately reflect these in the target language and deal with clients in a culturally appropriate manner.

If you are applying to NAATI to gain a certification for the first time, you may need to pass both the Intercultural Competency and Ethical Competency tests before you become eligible to sit a certification test.

You do not need to apply separately to sit an Intercultural Competency test. NAATI will make a determination and will advise you whether you need to sit this test once we have processed your application.

If you have completed an Endorsed Qualification within the last 3 years, you will not need to sit this test as this content was covered in your tertiary course.

If you have completed other training at a Higher Education (HE) or Vocational Education and Training (VET) institution within the last three years, NAATI may exempt you from having to sit this test. You will need to attach evidence of completing this training with your application form for NAATI to make an assessment.


Test Format

The Intercultural Competency test is conducted online through our Learning Management System.

As part of the online test, you will be required to complete a self-directed online course. This course takes approximately 20 hours to complete. It contains 3 Modules each of which is followed by learning activities such as a quiz, short questions and answers, reflection questions and reading material. On completion of the course you will be eligible to take the online test where you will have 1.5 hours to answer six questions.

The test will consist of:

  1. Answering three knowledge-based short answer questions; and
  2. Answering three scenario-based short answer questions

The Intercultural Competency preparation course and test will be conducted in sessions over a period of a month. You can enrol yourself in a test session up until one week prior to the start of the month. You can complete the course content at your own pace but all test responses must be submitted by 11:59pm AEST on the last day of the month.


What Will The Test Assess?

The Intercultural Competency test will assess:

  • Your knowledge of social institutions, cultural beliefs and practices in Australia and LOTE country/region;
  • Your knowledge of cultural and sociolinguistic features in a translation and/or interpreting situation; and
  • Your ability to identify intercultural issues and your understanding of the implications of these issues for translators and/or interpreters.

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

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