The information on this page is for the oral exam only. You must already have passed the NBCMI written exam in order to be eligible to take the oral exam. If you have not yet passed the written exam, choose Step 2: Written Exam above.

Oral examinations are available in the following languages: Spanish, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Korean. If you have passed the NBCMI written exam and interpret for a language other than the six languages listed above, you will be informed if an oral exam in your language becomes available.

The National Board has decided to offer online proctoring via ProctorU to accommodate candidates who live far from testing sites or need to schedule their exam in the evenings or on weekends. To take the oral exam from the convenience of your own home or office with an online proctor, click HERE for information about online proctoring. If you would prefer to take the exam at a testing center, follow the instructions on this page.

Oral Exam Testing Locations

You’ll need to complete the following steps in order to schedule your oral exam at a testing center:
  1. Choose a testing center from the list below.
  2. Watch an instructional video.
  3. Take the practice test.
  4. Schedule your exam.

1. Choose a Testing Center

Choose a location from the following list of testing centers:

Akron, Ohio
Anchorage, Alaska
Atlanta, Georgia
Birmingham, Alabama
Boston, Massachusetts
Charlotte, North Carolina
Chillicothe, Ohio
Clearwater, Florida (Tampa Bay)
Denver, Colorado
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Honolulu, Hawaii
Houston, Texas
Indianapolis, Indiana
Lamar, Colorado
Los Angeles, California
Memphis, Tennessee
Millbrae, California (near San Francisco)
Nashville, Tennessee
Omaha, Nebraska
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phoenix, Arizona
Portland, Oregon
Roanoke, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Savannah, Georgia
Springfield, Massachusetts
St. Louis, Missouri
Syracuse, New York
Tempe, Arizona
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
Tukwila, Washington (near Seattle)
Tulsa, Oklahoma

When additional testing sites become available, they will be added to this list.

Please note: A few locations have been set aside for onsite testing of staff interpreters. These locations may not be on the above list. Please email to inform the National Board if you intend to take the oral exam in your health care facility.  

2. Take the Practice Test

The National Board recently made a practice test in order for candidates to become more familiar and comfortable navigating through our oral exam. The practice test can be helpful to practice the format of the test before taking it.

The practice test is only to help candidates with test navigation. It won’t help you to prepare for actual interpreting in a medical context. The role play scenarios on the practice test are not necessarily consistent with the types of role play scenarios on the actual oral exam.

To take the practice test, make sure you are using a PC computer. Go to the testing site: and log in using the following username and password:

username:          practicetest

password:           practicetest

3. Schedule Your Exam

Email your program advisor and say that you are ready to schedule your oral exam and which testing site location you want.

If you do not know who your advisor is, send an email to and state in the email that you are ready to schedule your oral exam. Include the following information in the email: your full name, complete contact information, which language you interpret, the date you passed the written exam, and the location where you want to take your oral exam. DO NOT CALL.

Extensions: You have six months after the date you pass the written exam to schedule the oral exam. If for some reason (such as illness or death in the family) you need an extension, you must contact your program advisor (or email after the six months have expired.

Results: You will be notified of test results by email within 8-10 weeks.

Retakes: The exam costs the same ($275) each time you take it. If you need to retake the exam, you must pay the full exam fee each time.

Refunds: The exam fee is not refundable.