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Oral Exams to Restart in Mid-June

The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters is in the process of reorganizing the administration of its oral examination. We have received your feedback from the oral tests already given and are making changes in order to improve the process of scheduling and taking the oral exam. We have had a steady increase in those who are seeking certification and a shift became necessary. We found that the quality of the testing experience was variable due to the extensive number of test sites. With five additional languages to be added very soon for the oral test, we felt that it was necessary to focus on achieving excellent test delivery in a reduced number of sites with improvements made to the scheduling process.

This in no way affects the procedure for taking the written exam. The timeline for taking the oral exam will be extended accordingly, so if you have passed the written exam and are waiting for your oral exam to be scheduled, you do not have to worry about the six month limit.

The oral exam in Spanish will be given in select cities starting mid-June. As the five additional languages are added (Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, and Vietnamese), they will also be made available in these cities. As we get more testing centers outfitted and proctors trained, we will begin expanding the testing center sites to more cities. The list of cities will be announced soon. Please check our website for updates (

Thank you for your continued support,

Elena Langdon, CT, MA

Chair, National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters