Online resources that are explicitly prohibited during the exam

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

  • Email sites or programs of any kind
  • Forum sections of dictionary sites that are otherwise allowed
  • Google Translate and other machine translation services
  • ProZ and other forum-oriented sites and services
  • Sites with both dictionary and human translator components, such as
  • Sites with both dictionary and machine translation components, such as,
  • Sites with chat functionality
  • Social media: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.
  • Yahoo or Google groups
  • DeepL


Online resources that are permitted during the exam

Most basic dictionary or thesaurus websites are allowed. The rule to keep in mind is that the site should only allow you to look up one or two words at a time and there should be no machine translation capabilities. Some examples are listed below.












Questions about resources?

If you would like to use a resource that is not listed, you may submit a request to the Certification Program Manager at Requests must be received 30 days prior to the exam sitting.

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