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I'm hoping to sit an EU accreditation test soon. How can I prepare?

asked 13 Oct '11, 22:19

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DG Interpretation has published a two-part video called Testing Times showing a mock exam at the EU institutions:

Part 1:

Part 2:

If you have received training in conference interpreting and are confident that your technique is at the required level, then the best thing you can do in the day or so prior to an exam is get plenty of rest and engage in some positive thinking!

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answered 17 Oct '11, 16:00

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Especially the interpretation recorder available at is fun and has direct access to the speech repository.

(18 Oct '11, 18:11) Delete ♦ might also be helpful to practise with a so called "pure" listener; someone who hadn't heard the original speech before. So you can make sure that your delivery is clear and coherent.

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answered 24 Oct '11, 18:45

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Here's a compilation of test tips from EU jury members

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answered 24 Oct '11, 22:05

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Reading newspapers, in particular in your mother tongue.

If you understand Spanish, watch this video:

Good luck!

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answered 15 Oct '11, 12:52

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I would also advise you to practice as much as you can your consecutive preferably with a colleague. If it's not possible do it on your own and record yourself.

The more you practice the better and the more confident you'll be the day of the test.

In bocca al lupo!

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answered 16 Oct '11, 09:42

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You'll find many interesting speeches in English on this site, too:

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answered 07 Nov '11, 11:53

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Apart from the answers given (reading newspapers and the speech repository), you can listen to news and make some exercises with podcasts. You can also record your interpretation (be it consecutive or simultaneous) with Audacity.

But among all, you can practice with the recorded plenary sessions of the European Parliament. You can then change the language and listen to a professional interpreter and how he/she solved a certain expression. You can also check the transcripts of all plenary sessions and even download the translation of all transcripts!

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answered 18 Oct '11, 18:24

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EP recordings are not useful for preparing tests for the EU. Most speeches at the plenary are written texts read out at lightning speed. For the tests, the speakers speek freely and naturally. Your communication skills are also tested.

(20 Oct '11, 12:45) Angela

I found the EP recordings quite helpful though. During my simultaneous test, the text was written and read out at lightning speed! Besides, with more demanding (and fast spoken) texts you can learn to analyse and synthesize, grasp the main idea and keep calm. EP recordings are indeed not appropriate for consecutive interpreting (here I would recommend podcasts and the speech repository mentioned already by Michelle).

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Many people would consider that EP plenary texts - dense, fast and read as they are - are not suited to actually being interpreted at all ;) but I agree with Angela, they're generally far too difficult for graduate students to be using for simultaneous (or consecutive for which they are even less well suited.

(10 May '12, 09:16) Andy

...and of course you should read this:

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answered 08 Nov '11, 16:29

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It's not really all that different from your final interpreting exams. Practice regularly, record your interpretations and always try to identify what you've got most problems with in order to focus on this very issue in further practice.

Find out which sequence of languages and interpreting modes works best for you in your practice. For me, the best way was to practice only consecutive or only simultaneous for a day or a couple of days. Some people would recommend switching between consecutive and simultaneous all the time, though (especially as you were supposed to alternate between interpreting modes at the EU test, which is no longer the case, if I'm not mistaken).

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answered 09 Feb '13, 18:44

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