CMI Prerequisites for Mandarin

1) Minimum Age: 18 years - A driver’s license or a birth certificate or passport copy are acceptable proofs of age.

2) General Education: Minimum education - High School Diploma or GED.

3) Medical Interpreter Education: Minimum 40-hours course - Certificate of Completion is the only acceptable proof of medical interpreter education.

4) Oral proficiency in English:
One of the following:

  • Bachelor, Masters, PhD, or any other degree from any US institution of higher education.
  • Graduation from any high school, college, or university from an English language country or from an American School abroad.
  • One of the following tests (subject to change):
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 570+ on paper; 230+ on computer version; 90+ on iBT.
    • ELPT (English Language Proficiency Test): 950+
    • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) 80+
    • ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English): PASS
    • FCE (First Certificate in English, Level 3): A
    • CAE (Certificate in Advanced English, Level 4): B
    • CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English, Level 5): B
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 7.0

5) Oral proficiency in Mandarin:
One of the following:

  • Bachelor, Masters, PhD, or any other degree from an institution of higher education where Mandarin is spoken
  • Graduation from a high school of the country where Mandarin is spoken
  • 24+ semester college credit hours of Mandarin
  • ACTFL Oral Exams (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages): Advanced Mid Level (follow this link www.languagetesting.com) - both the OPI (telephonic) and OPIc (computer recording) are acceptable.

To be granted the CMI-Mandarin credential, individuals must meet all of the eligibility prerequisites and pass BOTH the written and oral examinations. To pass the written exam, your percentage score must be at least 75%. To pass the Mandarin oral exam, your percentage score must be at least 80%.

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