ATA Certification Exam Prep Workshop – Houston, Texas

Take the Challenge! Become an ATA-Certified Translator!

ATA Certification Exam Prep Workshop
June 8, 2019 | Houston, Texas

ATA-certified translators stand out in their profession. With a 20% pass rate, ATA’s certification exam can be challenging even for those with experience. This workshop will prepare you for that challenge! Many candidates who fail the exam are surprised and wonder how—after so many years of experience—they are still unable to pass. This workshop will help attendees understand how the exam is graded and the common errors that candidates make. The presenters will show examples from real-life tests to demonstrate common pitfalls and will provide tips to avoid them. Get ready to sit for ATA’s certification exam by attending one or both of these exam prep workshop sessions.

What does ATA certification give you?
• Confirmation of professional level translation skills.
• Potential for increased compensation and new business.
• Greater visibility in the ATA Directory of Translators and Interpreters.
• Recognition of a commitment to the profession and its ethical practices.

What do the sessions cover?
How exams are graded, mistakes frequently made by test-takers, and tips to avoid common pitfalls. Actual exam practice tests will be used as examples. Each session is ATA-approved for 3 Continuing Education points.

In order to develop and tailor this course, attendees will be given a sample ATA practice test to translate and return by May 10. Practice test translations received by May 10 will be reviewed in order to target the common—and not so common—errors. If your translation is received by the deadline, the speakers will grade and return it to you at the end of the workshop. (Translations received after the deadline will be returned to you by the end of June.) During the workshop, the speakers will analyze the errors made by attendees on the practice test, but all examples used will remain anonymous. Some of the content will be the same as the Advanced Skills and Training Course at ATA59.

Register today!

Session I (9:00am – 12:00pm)
Preparing for the ATA English>Spanish Certification Exam
Instructors: Sarita Gómez-Mola, CT and Diego Mansilla, CT

  • Sarita Gómez-Mola, CT, is a freelance conference interpreter and translator based in Houston, Texas. She was born in Cuba and raised in Spain. She is a graduate of the École Supérieure d’Interprètes et Traducteurs of the Sorbonne in Paris. An ATA-certified English>Spanish translator, she has been a grader for ATA’s English>Spanish certification exam since 2001.
  • Diego Mansilla, CT, is a grader for ATA’s English>Spanish certification exam. A professional translator for over 15 years, he teaches advanced translation at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is a member of the board of directors of the New England Translators Association.

Session II (2:00pm – 5:00pm)
Preparing for the ATA Spanish>English Certification Exam
Instructors: Andy Klatt, CT and Holly Mikkelson, CT

  • Andy Klatt, CT, is a working translator in the social and natural sciences, medicine, and law for academic publishing. He is the winner of the 2018 Translation Prize awarded by the New England Council of Latin American Studies. An ATA certified Spanish>English translator, he is also certified by the National University of Colombia and the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Relations (Spanish<>English). He taught translation at the university level from 2000-2015. He is a grader for ATA’s Certification Program.
  • Holly Mikkelson, CT, is a professor of professional practice in the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation and Language Education at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She is a certified court interpreter and ATA-certified Spanish<>English translator who has taught and practiced translation and interpreting for over four decades. She is the author of the Acebo interpreter training manuals as well as numerous books and articles on translation and interpreting. She has consulted with many state and private entities on interpreter testing and training, and has presented lectures and workshops to interpreters and related professionals throughout the world.

Space is Limited!

Both workshops are limited to 25 participants to ensure the individual attention needed for an optimal learning experience. These workshops will not be recorded. Register Now!


1 Responses to "ATA Certification Exam Prep Workshop – Houston, Texas"

  1. Susana Gee says:

    Hi there,
    I am interested in taking the June 8th course in Houston, but would like to know if it will be offered live or online?

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