NAATI advises all candidates to read the following information before sitting their test.
It includes what you need to bring, a description of how each task will operate and how the test will be assessed.

Checking In For Your Test

You must check in for your test between the arrival time and the registration closing time listed in your test confirmation email. NAATI staff will check you in by verifying your identity. You can view more information about our identity verification policy on the website.

NAATI will not admit you to the test if you arrive after the registration closing time.

Test Conditions

You must follow these conditions. If you do not, NAATI may cancel your test or not issue your test result. If this happens, you will not receive a refund of your test fee.

Leaving the test venue
Once testing has started, you are not allowed to leave the test venue until your test is complete. If you do, you cannot re-enter the venue or continue your test at a later time.


Behaviour on test day
You are expected to be courteous and respectful towards NAATI staff, supervisors and other candidates. You cannot communicate with other candidates on the test day once your test has started.


Use of internet and communications devices
You are not allowed to use the communication or video/photo functions of any electronic device at the test venue, including in the Waiting Room. This includes your phone, laptop, tablet and other smart devices.
You may only access the internet in the Preparation Room to research the Seen Speech task. You will have access to internet-connected computers in this room and cannot use your own devices.


Confidentiality
All test materials are the property of NAATI. You are not permitted to make or take away copies, paper or electronic, of any test material, or reproduce the test or communicate the test content to a third party.

What To Bring

You must bring an acceptable photo identity document (e.g. passport) to check in for your test.

You may bring resources to prepare for the Seen Speech task, such as electronic and hard copy dictionaries, glossaries and thesauri, including self-developed glossaries.

It is your responsibility to make sure that your devices will function for the duration of the test, and to bring any chargers or batteries.

You may wish to bring food to the test venue as you may need to wait several hours for your test to start. Any food must be consumed in the Waiting Room.

What NAATI Will & Will Not Provide

In the Preparation Room (Seen Speech task only) NAATI will provide:

  • Internet-connected desktop computers for preparation
  • A blank hard copy of the Interpreting Brief and Seen Speech script
  • A pen and paper for note taking (to be returned at the conclusion of the task)
  • A glass of water

In the Test Rooms NAATI will provide:

  • A pen and paper for note taking (to be returned at the conclusion of each task
  • A glass of water

NAATI will not provide:

  • Technical support should you experience issues with your equipment
  • Resources to prepare for the Seen Speech task
Test Supervision

NAATI test supervisors manage logistics, the equipment recording your test, start and finish times, and any other issues. A supervisor will be in each room, and will tell you when to move between the different rooms.

Supervisors are not permitted to talk about the content of the task or comment on your performance.

You must always follow the supervisors’ instructions.

Recording of Tests

Your test will be video and/or audio recorded for assessment by NAATI examiners.

Test Description

The Certified Conference Interpreter test consists of three Monologue tasks.

  • One Consecutive Interpreting (Unseen Speech) – Monologue task
  • One Simultaneous Interpreting (Seen Speech) – Monologue task
  • One Simultaneous Interpreting (Unseen Speech) – Monologue task

Each Certified Conference Interpreter test is in one language direction only. That is, the language of the source text for each task will depend on the language direction of your test (i.e. English into LOTE or LOTE into English).

Domains & Situations

All tasks deal with high level speeches by academics, governments officials and representatives of international bodies set in different domains commonly found in the international conference interpreting context. These include at least one task from the domain of Science and Technology, one from the domain of Commerce and Economics and one from the domain of Diplomacy and Politics.

Duration

Each test is conducted in a single day. Each task should take no more than 20 minutes, but you may need to wait, both for your test to start and between tasks. This can add up to a number of hours, depending on the number of candidates on the day.

The expected completion time of the test session is listed in your test confirmation email.

Waiting Room

After you check in, a NAATI staff member will direct you to sit in the Waiting Room. You will wait in this room until it is time to start your test. You will place any electronic devices, including electronic dictionaries, glossaries or thesauri, phone, laptop, tablet or other smart device in a secure storage area.

In the Waiting Room, you can access your hard copy resources. You cannot use any electronic devices in this room.

Preparation Room (Seen Speech Task Only)

You will have 15 minutes before the Seen Speech task to prepare. In the Preparation Room, NAATI will provide you with a hard copy of the interpreting brief and the text of the speech for the task. The brief describes the situation and domain, and the name and role of the speaker you will interpret for.

In this room, you can use your electronic and hard copy resources as well as internet-connected desktop computers to research the interpreting brief and seen speech text, and you may write notes which you can take into the Test Room. You cannot communicate with other candidates in this room.

Test Room/s

The Test Room is where you will complete the actual tasks. There will be no further explanation of the task or conditions once you enter the Test Room.

For the simultaneous tasks, the Test Room will be a conference interpreting booth.

For the consecutive task, the Test Room will be a classroom or lecture theatre, or similar.

You cannot bring any electronic or hard copy resources into the Test Room. For the Seen Speech task, you can only bring the interpreting brief, the text of the speech and any handwritten notes you made in the Preparation Room.

You may write notes during the test. You must leave the interpreting brief, the speech text and any handwritten notes in the Test Room.

One Consecutive Interpreting (Unseen Speech) – Monologue Task

For the consecutive interpreting monologue task, you will use consecutive mode to interpret a 3-part speech delivered from a video recording, played for you by a test supervisor. The monologue is about 800 words long, and each segment will be about 300 words. You must stand where the test supervisor tells you to at the front of the Test Room to deliver your interpreting.

One week prior to the test you will receive the interpreting brief for the consecutive monologue task so that you can prepare. On the day of your test, you will not have any preparation time for this task.
This task will start shortly after you enter the Test Room. The interpreting brief will be played to you as part of the video recording. The monologue that you need to interpret will begin immediately after the interpreting brief. You will begin interpreting no more than 5 to 10 seconds after each part has been played, indicated by a chime sound; a second chime will sound to indicate the speaker is about to continue. You cannot ask for any clarifications, repeats or pauses of the recording.

The task will end as soon as you finish interpreting the third segment of the recorded monologue.

While the whole task will be marked, examiners will be lenient towards the first 60 seconds of interpreting to allow you to warm up. The end of these 60 seconds will not be indicated in any way during the test

One Simultaneous Interpreting (Seen Speech) – Monologue Task

For the Seen Speech simultaneous interpreting monologue task, you will use simultaneous mode to interpret a monologue delivered from a video recording, played for you by a test supervisor. The monologue is about 1500 words long.

One week prior to the test you will receive the interpreting brief for the Seen Speech so that you can prepare. 24 hours before the test, you will receive a journal article on the same topic as the speech. On the day of your test, you will have 15 minutes to prepare for the task in the Preparation Room, where you will be given a hard copy of the brief and the text of the speech. Note that the text of the speech will differ slightly from the video-recorded speech, and you will need to be able to adapt to this while interpreting. After preparation, you will be directed to the Test Room. You can take the seen speech text and any notes you made during preparation with you.

This task will start shortly after you enter the Test Room (booth). The test supervisor will explain how to use the microphone and headset.
The interpreting brief will be played to you as part of the video recording. The monologue that you need to interpret will begin immediately after the interpreting brief. You should start interpreting as soon as possible after the monologue begins and continue to interpret for the duration of the monologue. You cannot ask for any clarifications, repeats or pauses of the recording.

The task will end when you finish interpreting after the end of the recorded monologue.

While the whole task will be marked, examiners will be lenient towards the first 60 seconds of interpreting to allow you to warm up. The end of these 60 seconds will not be indicated in any way during the test.

One Simultaneous Interpreting (Unseen Speech) – Monologue Task

For the Unseen Speech simultaneous interpreting monologue task, you will use simultaneous mode to interpret a monologue delivered from a video recording, played for you by a test supervisor. The monologue is about 1500 words long.

One week prior to the test you will receive the interpreting brief for the Unseen Speech so that you can prepare. On the day of your test, you will not have any preparation time for this task.

This task will start shortly after you enter the Test Room (booth). The test supervisor will explain how to use the microphone and headset.
The interpreting brief will be played to you as part of the video recording. The monologue that you need to interpret will begin immediately after the interpreting brief. You should start interpreting as soon as possible after the monologue begins and continue to interpret for the duration of the monologue. You cannot ask for any clarifications, repeats or pauses of the recording.
The task will end when you finish interpreting after the end of the recorded monologue.

While the whole task will be marked, examiners will be lenient towards the first 60 seconds of interpreting to allow you to warm up. The end of these 60 seconds will not be indicated in any way during the test.

Assessment

At least 2 NAATI examiners, who hold Certified Conference Interpreter credentials in the relevant language pair, will independently assess your performance in the test.

They will assess each task separately, using assessment rubrics with 5 bands (with Band 1 representing the highest level of performance and Band 5 the lowest). Your task performance will be marked against each criterion, which are the same for all task types, as outlined below.

For each task, NAATI examiners will assess your:

  • Transfer competency: Meaning transfer skill, Application of interpreting mode, and Rhetorical skill;
  • Language competency: Language proficiency enabling meaning transfer into the target language

You need to achieve at least Band 2 for each criterion, and you must pass all three tasks to pass the test.