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The NAJIT Oral Exam tests all three modes, with sight translations into both English and Spanish (in each case 250 words, 5 minutes), consecutive (into and out of both languages, 15 to 20 minutes) and 2 simultaneous sections, one going into Spanish and one going into English (total 8 minutes).
Although they undergo a process that parallels the certification processes used by the federal courts, the former Consortium and NAJIT, the candidates who successfully complete the New York State Office of Court Administration process are not referred to as "certified.
Like the Federal, former Consortium, and NAJIT Exams, the New York Competitive Examination for Spanish consists of both written and oral components.
As noted, the New York Oral Performance Examination is structurally similar to the Federal, NAJIT and former Consortium exams in that it tests the three modes of interpreting using simulated courtroom documents and situations.
Like the Federal, former Consortium and NAJIT exams, the New York Oral Exam takes approximately one hour for the sight translation and the video presentation of the consecutive and simultaneous portions, and the candidate's performance is recorded on audio.
However, the New York Oral differs from the Federal, former Consortium, and NAJIT exams in three significant ways:
Like the NAJIT (but unlike the Federal and former Consortium exams), the New York Oral tests not only the ability to interpret simultaneously into Spanish, but it also includes a simultaneous component going into English, often sentencing speeches (either a victim impact statement or a defendant's description of some mitigating circumstances).
This review of the Federal, former Consortium, and NAJIT certification exams and the New York Civil Service Examination for Spanish Interpreters reveals a great many similarities in their essential structure, but also some clear differences.
For example, will the NAJIT Exam be accepted in the new state?
Will the federal courts accept NAJIT certification (reputed by some to be even more challenging than the Federal Exam) in lieu of federal certification and then pay federal rates to the interpreter in question?
4) The NAJIT Exam is currently accepted by Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Wisconsin.
5) For a more complete description see the NAJIT website at http ://www.