Written Exam

The information on this page is for the written exam only. You must pass the NBCMI written exam in order to be eligible to take the oral exam. If you have already passed the written exam, choose Step 3: Oral Exam above.

Scheduling Your Written Exam

Your program advisor will assist you with scheduling your exam once you are approved for the program. If you are not yet in a CMI program, please go to Step 1: Registration above.

The National Board written exam is delivered by SMT - Prometric, a professional testing services provider. To find the nearest SMT - Prometric location, click below for a list of testing centers:

The National Board currently offers the Hub-CMI and the CMI (Certified Medical Interpreter) credentials. The Hub-CMI is a credential available to all interpreters, regardless of target language. If there’s a CMI credential available in your target language, your Hub-CMI will expire in two years after you pass the written exam with no option for renewal.

The CMI (Certified Medical Interpreter) credential is offered in six languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Korean, and Vietnamese. After achieving the Hub-CMI, you will be allowed 2 years to complete the oral assessment for the CMI certification.

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The written exam fee is $175 and is non-refundable. The exam costs the same each time you take it.

About the Written Exam

The written exam is offered only in English. The written exam is a multiple choice, computerized exam, containing 60 questions. Please visit the Getting Prepared page and read the Candidate Handbook for more information about the exam.

You will receive your written exam results right away. To pass the test, your percentage score must be at least 75%.

In addition to the number of examination items specified, a small number (five to ten) “pretest” questions may be administered to candidates during the examinations. These questions will not be scored and the time taken to answer them will not count against examination time. The administration of such non-scored experimental questions is an essential step in developing future examinations.

Retakes: If you do not pass the exam the first time, you may retest, but you must wait 3 months before you can retest. If you need to retake the exam, you must pay the full exam fee each time.

Fees Expiration and Refunds Policies: The written exam fee is $175. Exam fees are non-refundable and an exam fee will expire after one year if the exam has not been taken.