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CIOL (Dip Trans)

About The Chartered Institute of Linguists’ Diploma in Translation (DipTrans)

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Examination outline

The DipTrans is a postgraduate level qualification offering accreditation of your professional competence. It is accredited by Ofqual at level 7 of the UK National Qualifications Framework and is internationally recognised. The DipTrans is intended for people wishing to pursue a career in professional translation who have a linguistic competence at least equivalent to a good Honours Degree and/or extensive knowledge of the source language gained in a professional context. Successful candidates are entitled to use the designation ‘DipTrans IoLET’ and may be eligible to apply for membership of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL).

To pass the DipTrans examination, you will need to pass three Units:

Unit 1:
General Translation (3 hours)
For this Unit, you will translate a demanding but non-specialised text of approx. 600 words
Unit 2:
Semi-specialised Translation (2 hours)
For this Unit, you will translate a semi-specialised text of approx. 450 words in one of three options: (A) Technology; (B) Business; or (C) Literature
Unit 3:
Semi-specialised Translation (2 hours)
For this Unit, you will translate a semi-specialised text of approx. 450 words in one of three options: (D) Science; (E) Social Science; or (F) Law

Unit 1 offers no choice of texts; in Units 2 and 3 candidates may choose on the day of the exam which semi-specialised option they wish to take. However, the best prepared candidates have given this some thought in advance, to allow for thorough preparation.

The examination is available in a modular format, giving candidates the option of either sitting all three Units in one session or taking Units individually and in any order. Holders of the full DipTrans can enter for Units 2 and/or 3 again if they wish to take additional semi-specialised options.

Examination candidates are expected to translate into their mother tongue or language of habitual use where this has taken the place of the mother tongue.

The practicalities
The exam is held annually in January: for dates and times, please check the CIOL website or ring the Institute (contact details below). Candidates must register with the Chartered Institute of Linguists and pay the examination fee: We cannot enter you on your behalf. Full details of how to register can be found on the CIOL website or by contacting the exam registration department.

Please note that it is the candidate’s responsibility to find an examination centre; a list of registered exam centres in the UK and abroad can be obtained from the Institute.

CIOL Contact details
www.iol.org.uk
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Tel +44 20 7940 3163 (Central Registration Department)