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Peer Reviewed: Collaborative Preparation for the Certification Exam

By The ATA Chronicle | September 11, 2017

Currently, the main option available to help candidates prepare for ATA’s certification exam is the practice test. An obvious advantage of taking the practice test…

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Practice, Practice, Practice!

By The ATA Chronicle | March 21, 2017

Practice tests, which are available in every language pair in which the exam is offered, are an often overlooked and under-utilized resource for preparing for…

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The Certification Toolbox: Get Ready!

By The ATA Chronicle | November 8, 2016

Late fall and early winter are traditionally a slow time for ATA’s Certification Program, since no exam sittings are scheduled between ATA’s Annual Conference and…

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The Ins and Outs of the ATA Certification Exam

The ATA certification exam is rigorous and demanding. So, what can you do to prepare and—more importantly—pass the test? ATA certification attests to a high level of professional competence in producing an accurate and idiomatic translation. As expected, the exam…

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