Guidelines for All Exams

Whether taking the exam in person or online, you must adhere to the guidelines below to ensure your work is your own and to prevent exam passages from being shared. All exams are proctored by ATA-certified translators to make sure all guidelines are being followed.

You may use

  • most resources stored on your computer, including dictionaries and glossaries
  • non-interactive internet resources, such as online dictionaries and other reference materials
    See full list of prohibited and permitted resources
  • any printed resources you wish

You may not use

  • CAT tools or translation memories
  • interactive internet resources, such as email, chat rooms, forums, or MT tools, such as Google Translate
  • more than one screen

Exam passages must remain private

You may not copy, type, photograph, or otherwise capture the exam passages. You may not discuss or reveal the contents of the examination. Doing so will result in immediate termination of the exam.

Signed Statement Required

You must sign a statement acknowledging that certain activities are prohibited and the consequences of noncompliance.

Noncompliance can result in a forfeit of your exam registration fee, restrictions on future certification eligibility, and ATA ethics sanctioning.

More information is available from the ATA Certification Program Manager.

In-Person Exams


You must bring your own laptop with the following:
• plain-text editor (WordPad for Windows or TextEdit for Mac)
• USB port for ATA-supplied USB drive
• Wi-Fi capability
• power cord

How Does the In-Person Exam Work?

You will input your translation using WordPad for Windows or TextEdit for Mac (with grammar and spell-check utilities disabled) onto an ATA-supplied USB drive.

In the event of a technical malfunction, you can still complete the exam by hand. Therefore, you may wish to bring paper dictionaries and other print resources as a backup.

Online Exams


You must use your own computer with the following:
• single screen
• front-facing webcam
• microphone
• reliable internet connection with a minimum of 3 Mbps upload speed
• current version of Google Chrome or Firefox browser
• power cord

You must have a mobile device (smartphone or tablet) to use as a second camera. You must download the ExamRoom.AI app for Android or iPhone before taking the exam.

You must agree to be recorded while you take the exam. You and your computer activity will be monitored by proctors.

You must meet all minimum technical requirements. CLICK HERE to see the full list.

How Does the Online Exam Work?

You will input your translation using the vendor’s website. Grammar and spell-check utilities will be disabled, and copy/paste commands will not be allowed.

In the event of a technical malfunction, you must contact the online exam vendor. Their contact information will be provided when you register for the exam.

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