Linguistic Proficiency Policy

Linguistic Proficiency Policy

For English, students must submit a video of themselves responding to a selected prompt to establish proficiency. Please contact the Enrollment and Success Coordinator for more details.

For languages other than English, proficiency can be established in one of the following ways:

  1. Proof of a minimum of eight years of basic education in the target language (non-English) in the country of origin. Acceptable forms of proof include:
    • high school diploma(s) or transcript(s)
    •  GED or US-equivalent (with official translation into English)
  2. Proof of having completed a minimum of two years of post-secondary/university education conducted in the target language (non-English) in the country of origin. Acceptable forms of proof include:
    • Degree diploma (with official translation into English)
    • Degree transcripts (with official translation into English)
  3. Completion of a post-secondary/university degree studying the target language. For example, a bachelor of arts or master of arts in language or linguistics of Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, etc. Acceptable forms of documentation include:
    • Transcript(s) (with official translation into English)
  4. Time spent studying and/or working in a country where you were required on a daily basis to perform tasks at a professional level in another language. A professional reference should be provided.
  5. Successful passage of an established interpreter/translator certification exam through an approved entity/certifying organization (such as JBCC, Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters, etc.)
  6. Successful passage (advanced-low ACTFL level) of language proficiency test through Language Testing International.

For applicants who do not currently possess documentation of meeting the above criteria, we are happy to arrange a language evaluation for you through Language Testing International (LTI). Please communicate your intent to complete the evaluation to your Enrollment and Student Services Coordinator upon registration. Additional instructions and a link to the evaluation site will be provided to you.

Students may register for our interpreter programs as early as they wish – however, the linguistic proficiency documents must be submitted by the deadlines listed below. Students whose documentation has not been received by the stated deadline will be automatically dropped from the course.

Deadlines for Submission of Proficiency Documents (options 1 – 5):

If a student chooses to verify proficiency from the above list, related documents should be submitted to the Center for Professional Education no later than:

Session

Program

Documentation Submission Deadline

Fall 2020 Healthcare Interpreter - Virtual September 28, 2020 by 5:00 pm CT
Fall 2020 Legal Interpreter - Virtual October 2, 2020 by 5:00 pm CT

 

Deadlines for Language Testing through LTI (option 6):

Given the processing time required for the language test, students must complete their testing by the following dates.

NOTE: There are two exam modes - Computerized and Live Proctored. Both exam modes offer official and unofficial score reports. We accept any of the exam modes and both official and unofficial score reports. 

Please note that the Live Proctored exams take longer to schedule and longer to receive your scores. If you pick the Live Proctored exam, you must begin the scheduling process at least 10 business days before the exam completion deadline. Your Enrollment and Services Coordinator can provide you additional information regarding this process.

Session

Program

Exam Completion Deadline

Fall 2020 Healthcare Interpreter - Virtual September 17, 2020 (Live OPI Exam)
September 25, 2020 (Computerized OPI Exam)
Fall 2020 Legal Interpreter - Virtual September 24, 2020 (Live OPI Exam)
October 1, 2020 (Computerized OPI Exam)

If a registered student does not fulfill the linguistic proficiency requirement by the above deadlines, the student will not be allowed to continue attending the course. The student will be dropped from the course and receive a refund minus a $150 administrative fee.

Have a question?

Please email Brett Brinegar, Enrollment and Success Coordinator.

Healthcare Interpreter: techealth@austin.utexas.edu

Legal Interpreter: teclegal@austin.utexas.edu