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Free Written and Oral Practice Exams for Court Interpreters

Updated: Mar 7, 2023

If you've been following the content I share, you should know by now that ✨ free ✨ is one of my favorite words. Don't get me wrong, I'm a firm believer in investing in your professional development and your business, but who doesn't love free practice resources?


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Interpreting in legal settings requires specialized skills and knowledge, as well as a high level of proficiency in the languages being interpreted. For interpreters who are interested in obtaining a court certification or who want to practice to prepare to work in the legal field, there are a variety of free resources available to help develop these skills.


Here are some free mock exams that interpreters can use to prepare for court certification exams, improve their legal interpreting skills, and stay up-to-date on legal terminology:



This assessment includes a series of practice exercises to help interpreters interested in becoming court-certified evaluate their readiness to take the oral exam and/or practice their interpreting skills.


It's a PDF document only, without accompanying audio recordings. But, don't worry, I got you 😉 because I created a YouTube video where I created the audio recordings for you. You're welcome!


Free practice exam for the written portion of the Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination (FCICE). It is designed to help you prepare for the real exam by giving you a sense of the types of questions you may encounter and the difficulty level you can expect. It also includes answer keys for you to identify areas where additional practice or improvement is needed.



This is a series of audio recordings following the same parameters of the current Federal Court Interpreting Certification Oral Examination. This practice is missing links to documents for the sight translation exercises, and I recommend you download the audio files and then sort them in your device so that you can play them in order.


Court Interpreting Practice Materials by The NCSC


The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) has made available materials for court interpretation practice and skills-building. This is only available in PDF format and do not include audio recordings. Therefore, you'll need to create your own audio recordings in order to practice interpreting the content.



The sample questions offer a preview of what to expect on the official written exam. The mock exam is a model for the question types and exam format. Additionally, taking the practice exam could help you identify areas of strength and areas that require more attention.



Sample of a multiple-choice written examination assessing English language proficiency and basic legal terminology, which covers the following areas: reading comprehension, sentence completion, grammar and language usage, vocabulary, synonyms and antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and legal terms.



Sample of a multiple-choice written examination assessing English and Spanish language proficiency and basic legal terminology, which covers the following areas: reading comprehension, sentence completion, grammar and language usage, vocabulary, synonyms and antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and legal terms.



Short video that offers a sample of all oral portions you can expect to encounter in most court certification exams. The sight translation exercises can be found here. Click here for the full transcript of the video, which you can use to review your performance.


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3 Comments


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Jan 25

Thanks so much! : ))) Where can I find more Federal Written practice tests, video, etc, free or paid? I have looked online and only find for the State Written or for the State or Federal Oral.

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Guest
Jan 17

Thank you!!!

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Guest
Oct 03, 2023

Thank you for this article! This is great information!

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