ATA is now offering a computerized option for taking the certification exam at select sittings.
At computerized sittings, candidates have the option of completing the exam on their own laptops.
This is to ensure that the work is the translator's own and that the carefully vetted exam passages are not shared.
Candidates input their translations using WordPad (or TextEdit for Mac) onto an ATA-supplied USB drive, with grammar and spell check utilities disabled.
Candidates who opt for the computerized format must sign a statement acknowledging that certain activities are prohibited during the sitting (e.g., use of email and chat, copying the exam passages) and the consequences of noncompliance.
Candidates who violate the rules applicable to computerized sittings are likely to face restrictions on future certification eligibility and could face ATA ethics violation proceedings.
Information about the statement candidates will sign and consequences of violations is available from the ATA Certification Program Manager.
For a description of the exam format, see the certification exam overview.
At all sittings, candidates can opt to handwrite their exam, as has been done in the past, and handwritten mode will in any event be available as a backup in case of equipment malfunctions.
All candidates may continue to bring and use any print resources they wish.
Groups and individuals interested in hosting a sitting should contact ATA Certification Program Manager to inquire about the physical and technical requirements needed to host a computerized sitting.
Several computerized sittings will take place in the second half of 2016, including at the ATA 57th Annual Conference in San Francisco. See the schedule of upcoming sittings for the status of future examination sittings.