Trainers Webinar # 31

Approved by ATA for 1 continuing education point. Note: While ATA members who are already certified may earn CEPs from this webinar, the webinar is not specific to preparing for the ATA Exam.

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This webinar took place on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Central.   

NCIHC Members         free          Non-NCIHC Members  $30.00 
Approved by ATA for 1 continuing education point. Note: While ATA members who are already certified may earn CEPs from this webinar, the webinar is not specific to preparing for the ATA Exam.

To receive a certificate of attendance, attendees must connect via computer and remain in attendance for the duration of the event. After the event, attendees must request a certificate of attendance by emailing [email protected] and indicate "certificate" in the subject line. Certificates are issued by email within two weeks of the date the request is received. 


Some of the comments from attendees of the 08/23/2018 event:

  • A very informative and helpful webinar with tips that I will incorporate in my next Bridging the Gap course.  Thank you! 
  • well organized, and very clearly presented. Thank you!
  • This webinar was extremely helpful to me. I found the presenter knowledgeable and the content interesting. Thank you!!!
  • Opened my eyes to several things that I have not been doing in my courses but will do now. Thanks!!
  • Another great presentation! Excellent speaker! Very useful topic!
  • The presentation was very practical and user friendly. I was already using some of these strategies, but now I feel empowered and affirmed. Thank you.


Interpreter trainers are dedicated to teaching their students the skills they will need in order to be successful in their professional role. For many interpreters, these skills include test-taking skills. Both aspiring and long-time interpreters are put to the test when they are required to take an exam administered by a potential employer, sit for an interpreter certification exam, or complete a final exam in a training program. In addition to the skills needed to interpret well, there is a growing need for interpreters to also have strong test-taking skills so that they can effectively demonstrate the interpreting knowledge and skills.

How do trainers prepare interpreters to take computer-based certification exams? How do trainers know where to focus their attention?

This presentation addresses these questions and provides an overview of the presenter's experience preparing interpreters for written and oral certification exams for spoken language interpreters. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguish the differences between skills for interpreting practice and skills for test taking
  • Define elements and areas of focus of test prep sessions
  • Identify resources for test prep session

Webinar handouts:

Handout 1

Handout 2

Handout 3

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About the presenter:

Liz Essary began working as a healthcare interpreter in 2002 and in 2012, she earned national the CERTIFIED HEALTHCARE INTERPRETER™ credential. In 2013, she was sworn in as a certified interpreter through the Indiana State Supreme Court. In 2016, she completed a Master’s of Conference Interpreting at the Glendon School of Translation at York University in Toronto.  From 2011 to 2015, she served as Supervisor of Language Services at Indiana University Health, where she prepared staff interpreters for certification exams, and developed and delivered continuing education sessions for interpreters. She currently works as a freelance Spanish interpreter and interpreter trainer and coach in Indianapolis.

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PC-based attendees:        Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees:    Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

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the NCIHC Administrative Assistant, at (202) 505-1537 or email [email protected].  Nicole Steen must receive

your request for an accommodation no later than two weeks prior to the date of this event. For those who

request an accommodation after this date, every effort will be made to provide a reasonable accommodation;

however, we may not be able to do so given potential time constraints.

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