This week, the Glendon Master of Conference Interpreting will start Aptitude Testing once more. What does that mean for you?

Well, if you would like to start training as an interpreter in September 2018, you’ll need to begin the application process. The first step in that process is to take our Aptitude Test. The test itself has two components.

Round I

You complete this part of the test by sending us a video that you record. Your video is your chance to introduce yourself to us here at MCI Headquarters, and to put your best foot forward with your languages. You do that by answering a number of questions in your different working languages, as outlined here.

Round II

You complete this part of the test in one of our virtual classrooms. Beforehand, you’ll need to make sure that you meet the basic technical requirements. When you’re in the virtual classroom during Round II, you will be asked to do two things. First, you will have to use your working languages to answer some questions. The questions are designed to assess your knowledge of current affairs. Second, you will have to demonstrate that you have a good memory. You will listen to as speech in one language, and without taking any notes, give the content back in another. You will work through as many speeches as required to cover all your working languages and directions.

Candidates often ask us, “how can I prepare for Round II of the Aptitude Test?” For the question-and-answer portion, it’s good idea to keep on top of what’s happening in the world by reading a well-written publication in each of your working languages. For example, in English, you may want to take a look at The Economist, or perhaps even The Guardian.

For the speech portion, you may want to practice with some similar material. The SCIC Speech Repository has several short speeches — in English and in other European Union languages. You can listen to one of the speeches one time through. Then make yourself give the content back in one of your other active languages. Give your rendition in the first person, and try not to pause or hesitate. Pretend that the speech is your own, and that you are giving it in front of an audience.

But in the meantime, be sure to get the ball rolling by sending us your Round I video. Here at the MCI, the search for students for September 2018 is officially on!