Course Description

Having trouble passing the Federal Exam? Taking it for the first time? This course takes a unique approach by unabashedly “teaching to the test.” With an accent on self-learning and self-critique, we will review the test structure, objective and subjective scoring units, strategies to help cope with test-taking nerves and, of course, do a deep dive into interpreting technique in all three modes tested on the exam. Key terminology is of course addressed.

What you will learn

  • Understand how the exam is organized, scored and rated and how to translate that knowledge into study and test-taking strategies.

  • Strengthen interpreting skills in all three modes with an accent on bolstered delivery consistency and adaptability.

  • Strengthen core interpreting techniques.

Who should attend

This course is specifically designed for interpreters planning to sit for the oral portion Federal Court Interpreting exam.

Skill Level: Advanced     Language: Spanish     Specialization: Legal

Continuing Education

This course has been approved for continuing education credits in the following states:  

8 CEUs: MO, NC, OR, TN (Foreign Language), TX, UT, WI, (Other states pending)

Students can individually apply for CEUs in the following states by submitting all necessary information: DE, IA, KY, MD, MI, MS, NE

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Federally Certified Interpreter

Katty Kauffman

Katty Kauffman is a conference and legal interpreter, a graduate of Pedro de Valdivia School of Law in Santiago, Chile and the Certificate Program in Comparative US/Latin American Legal Reforms at Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, DC. A member of NAJIT and AIIC, she is a contributing author to the 2nd Edition of Fundamentals of Court Interpretation and a member of the Editorial Board of the 2nd Edition of Sandro Tomasi's Criminal Law Dictionary. A frequent speaker nationwide on the criminal procedure reforms that have swept Latin America, a former staff interpreter with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and federal exam rater, she is currently working as a freelancer from her home base in Miami.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • A message from the instructor

    • How to use this course

    • Before we begin...

  • 2

    Intro to Federal Exam

    • Intro to Federal Exam

    • Test your learning - Intro

  • 3


    • Consecutive Interpreting, Part 1

    • Test your learning - Consecutive Part 1

    • Consecutive Interpreting, Part 2

    • Test your learning - Consecutive Part 2

    • Self-Study Exercises

  • 4


    • Sight Translation, Part 1

    • Sight Translation, Part 2

    • Test your learning - Sight

  • 5


    • Intro to Simultaneous

    • Simulultaneous Practice

    • Test your learning - Simulultaneous

  • 6

    Self Study

    • Self Study Guidance and Resources

  • 7

    Bonus Tracks

    • Bonus Track 1, After You Pass

    • Bonus Track Video - Ethics

  • 8

    Final Exam

    • Instructions

    • Final Exam

    • More Resources for You

    • Additional Simultaneous Practice Materials: Advanced

    • Certificate of Completion

    • Feedback Survey

Student Access

Student access on this platform is limited the same as if attending a live class.

  • Our 40 hour courses include 6 months of access. All other courses can be accessed for 3 months.

  • We want to help you get the most out of our classes. If you need additional time please contact us.

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