NAATI advises all candidates to read the following information before sitting their test.

Test Environment

The test should be undertaken in a venue where you will not be disturbed for the duration of the test (one and half hours) and the test material will not be compromised.                                                          

The venue must have a stable, strong internet connection (Wi-Fi or hardwired).  

Your test room should be a quiet private room with desk, chair, good lighting and minimal external noise.   

No other person can be in the room with you or enter the room while you undertake the test. You are advised to place a sign on the door stating that you don’t want to be disturbed.  

No phone calls or texting should be undertaken during the test.  You must not use your phone for any reason.  You are not allowed to access internet resources or other paper-based resources. 


Test Confidentiality & Integrity

All test materials are the property of NAATI. You are not permitted to make copies, paper or electronic (i.e. a screenshot), of any test material, or reproduce the test or communicate the test content to a third party. 

NAATI’s aim is to ensure that all candidates are treated fairly and given the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge.   

If NAATI examiners suspect that a candidate is not following the test conditions, including that test materials have been copied, the examiners will notify NAATI. If this occurs, your test may be cancelled and you will be refused a re-sit.  


Test Format

The Ethical Competency test consists of short answer questions:  

  • Three knowledge questions, and  
  • Three scenario questions (out of a choice of five).  

All questions are in English and must be answered in English. 


Knowledge Questions

Each question relates to a single principle from either the Australian Institute of Interpreters & Translators’ (AUSIT) Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct (2012) or the Australian Sign Language Interpreters’ Association (ASLIA) Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Conduct (2007).  

You will be asked to: 

  • Explain the ethical principle, and 
  • Provide an example of the principle from translating or interpreting practice.   

Each short answer should be between 100 and 200 words.


Scenario Questions

You will be presented with five scenario questions and you must choose three to answer. They will be from a range of translating and interpreting domains. For candidates sitting the ASLIA test all questions will relate to interpreting domains.  

Each scenario will depict an ethical issue relating to a translation and/or interpreting situation.  The question following the scenario will ask you to: 

  • Identify and explain the main ethical principle, and 
  • Formulate a response to the situation.  

Each short answer should be between 100 and 200 words.


Test Duration

You will have one and half (1.5) hours to complete all six questions on the test.   


Marking System – How To Pass A Question

NAATI examiners will assess your response to each question separately, using an assessment rubric with 4 bands (with Band 1 representing the highest level of performance and Band 4 the lowest).  

Each question is assessed against specific criteria:  

Knowledge questions  

  • Criterion A: define the requested ethical principle, and 
  • Criterion B: describe a relevant example of principle in translating or interpreting context. 

Scenario questions  

  • Criterion A: identify the main ethical principle(s) and explain how it/they apply to the scenario, 
  • Criterion B:  describe the course of action that you would take.  

To pass each question you must:  

  • Achieve at least Band 2 for both criteria.  
  • Achieve at least Band 2 for criterion 1 and at least Band 3 for criterion 2, in the scenario questions.

Marking System – How To Pass The Test

To pass the test you must: 

  • Pass at least pass at least two of the three knowledge questions AND in the remaining question achieve at least Band 3 in both criteria, and   
  • Pass at least two of the three scenario questions AND in the remaining question achieve at least Band 3 in both criteria.  

Note:  Band 4 in any criterion will result in a fail for the test.   

For more information on each criterion and the pass requirements see the Marking Rubrics.  


Test Results

At the end of each course round, all tests submitted will be sent to examiners for marking. 

You should receive your results within 8-10 weeks of the course round closure.