An online synchronous test for professional interpreters

Chen, Nian-Shing and Ko, Leong (2010) An online synchronous test for professional interpreters. Journal of Educational Technology and Society, 13 2: 153-165.

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Author Chen, Nian-Shing
Ko, Leong
Title An online synchronous test for professional interpreters
Journal name Journal of Educational Technology and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1436-4522
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 13
Issue 2
Start page 153
End page 165
Total pages 13
Editor Kinshuk
Sampson, Demetrios G.
Chen, Nian-Shing
Place of publication Palmerston North, New Zealand
Publisher International Forum of Educational Technology & Society (IFETS)
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
200323 Translation and Interpretation Studies
Abstract This article is based on an experiment designed to conduct an interpreting test for multiple candidates online, using web-based synchronous cyber classrooms. The test model was based on the accreditation test for Professional Interpreters produced by the National Accreditation Authority of Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) in Australia. Specifically, the test involved interpreting-specific components such as dialogue interpreting, sight translation, and consecutive interpreting, as well as non-interpreting-specific components such as questions on ethical issues. The test was conducted live synchronously and concurrently with multiple candidates – i.e., all candidates were tested in their own locations at the same time. The result of the experiment indicates the potential and feasibility of conducting interpreting tests online using the specific technology of synchronous cyber classrooms. However, there are also a number of constraints when compared to conventional face-to-face tests. There is a need for further studies on how to effectively apply this kind of technology to conduct interpreting tests for multiple candidates online in synchronous mode and without the constraints identified in this research.
Keyword Synchronous test
Synchronous cyber classroom
Cyber face-to-face
Self-controlled test
Examiner-controlled test
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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