When it comes to interpreting, a simple question is: How do you demonstrate how well you speak a language? How can a contracting entity determine how fluent you are in a language combination?
From a linguistic standpoint, proficiency refers to one’s ability to use language for real world purposes to accomplish real world linguistic tasks, across a wide range of topics and settings. Specifically, for interpreters, a language proficiency test measures how well a person can use the language to communicate in real life about real world tasks and activities.
A Language Proficiency test for interpreters should be performed using an externally validated test securely proctored and graded by qualified raters. The test should ideally be calibrated to a national or international scale with recognized proficiency levels.
The resulting credential (a letter, a certificate or other document) attests the level of proficiency attained against the relevant scale. Anything different from a credential scored against a validated scale is of dubious validity.
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