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Demystifying ATA’s Certification Exam: Better Off “Literal” or “Free”?

March/April 2022 Issue

A common misconception about ATA’s certification exam is that candidates must translate literally or word-for-word to be successful. Even those who aren’t susceptible to this myth might wonder how much latitude they have when translating a given text. This column will clarify the difference between an excessively literal translation and a precisely accurate one, and […]

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Practical Tips for Taking ATA’S Certification Exam Online

November/December 2021 Issue

You can now take ATA’s certification exam online anywhere, but how does it really work? As a past exam taker, I would like to share some practical tips for those preparing for the online exam.1 Prepping for the Exam Familiarize yourself with ATA’s explanation of error categories, the flowchart for error point decisions, and framework […]

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Online Exam Proctoring: Something Old, Something New

September/October 2021 Issue

With the successful launch of ATA’s online certification exam, we’re starting to ramp up capacity and open more spaces for candidates.1 (For basic information about the online exam, check out the Certification Forum column in the July/August issue.2) This expanded accessibility to candidates opens possibilities for proctors as well, since they’re no longer limited by […]

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The Online Exam Is Here!

July/August 2021 Issue

ATA is excited to offer our certification exam online to complement our traditional in-person format. For the first time, members are now able to take the exam from anywhere in the world without having to travel to a live sitting! How Does the New Format Work? We’ve partnered with ExamRoom.AI, a remote online proctoring company […]

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The What and Why of Certification Exam Conditions

May/June 2021 Issue

As we move toward an online version of ATA’s certification exam, some long-standing exam conditions will be changing—things like bringing your own dictionaries and laptop to the exam sitting. Others, however, will remain the same. Here’s a review of the latter, with an explanation of why they’re applied to our testing program. Three-Hour Time Limit: […]

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Progress Toward a Remote Testing Model of ATA’s Certification Exam

March/April 2021 Issue

What’s happening with at-home testing? This question is on the minds of many members as ATA works to address the effects of the pandemic on our current in-person certification exam model. We’re excited to provide this update on the process involved in revamping our delivery method and the progress made thus far. Remote testing has […]

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ATA Certification and COVID-19 Redux

January/February 2021 Issue

As most of you are aware, ATA certification exam sittings were temporarily suspended in 2020 and will continue to be unavailable in early 2021. (You can learn more about that decision by reading the May/June Certification Forum by David Stephenson, “COVID-19 and Certification.”1) So, what has the program been up to in the meantime? The […]

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Enhancing the Status of ATA Certification

November/December 2020 Issue

The year 2020 is one that few people will likely forget or look back on fondly. The severity of the pandemic combined with—in the U.S. at least—various social issues has upended many lives. For ATA’s Certification Program, the effects have manifested themselves in two interrelated outcomes: a sharp reduction in exam sittings owing to local […]

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Decoupling and the Certification Committee

September/October 2020 Issue

Over the past several years, the Certification Committee has been called on to answer several questions related to opening the certification exam to nonmembers (also known as “decoupling”). Although the Certification Committee manages and administers the Certification Program, it was not directly involved in the decision on whether to eliminate the membership requirement for certification. […]

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