Qualifying Exam for Translation Applicants

All applicants to the MA or the Graduate Certificate program in Translation must pass a free qualifying exam (QE) to be considered for admission.

Qualifying exams are offered in fall and spring terms. Applicants who wish to begin in fall should take the exam the fall prior to entry; those who wish to begin in spring should take the exam in the spring prior to entry.

International applicants must: pass the QE and present a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 92; TOEFL CBT score of 237; or IELTS score of 7.0 to be considered for admission.

All applicants must:

  • translate a 300-word text from their second language into their first (with dictionaries).
  • write a 300- to 500-word essay in English on a general topic related to translation.

Exam Format & Sample Texts

The two-hour, computer-based exam is administered remotely using e-mail and MS Word (or a Word-compatible program). Sample exams are provided below as models of the translation section of the exam only new texts and essay questions are used for every exam.

Arabic to English  |  English to Spanish   |   French to English   |   German to English    |   Russian to English   |   Spanish to English


Exam Schedule

Spring 2015 Fall 2015
Wed, April 29, 11:00am - 1:00pm CDT Sat, Oct 31, 10:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Wed, April 29, 5:00pm - 7:00pm CDT Mon, Nov 2, 11:00am - 1:00pm CST
Thurs, April 30, 9:00am - 11:00am CDT Mon, Nov 2, 5:00pm - 7:00pm CST
Thurs, April 30, 6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT Tues, Nov 3, 9:00am - 11:00am CST
Sat, May 2, 10:00am - 12:00pm CDT Tues, Nov 3, 6:00pm - 8:00pm CST

Complete the online form below to register for the exam. As very strong writing skills are required to be successful, we strongly recommend that you select the exam from your second language into your first language. For example, if you first spoke English and subsequently spoke Spanish, choose the "Spanish to English" exam. If you are bilingual from childhood, choose the language in which you feel you have stronger writing skills. Please add a comment if you have any questions and the exam coordinator will contact you.

Applicants who do not pass on the first attempt may retake the exam. A positive exam result is valid for two years.


Exam Registration

After submitting the exam registration form, you will receive a short confirmation e-mail immediately. You will then receive detailed exam instructions via e-mail.

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