All translation students must successfully complete the Qualifying Exam.

  • Applicants to the Accelerated BA in Translation must pass the exam in order to be admitted.
  • Applicants who have completed some college or university studies or who are transferring from another program at Glendon or at York, must also pass the exam as a condition of admission.
  • Finally, all first-year students in the Specialized Honours BA in Translation must successfully complete the exam at the end of their first year in order to continue their studies in translation.


Translation requires advanced writing and comprehension skills in both languages. Translators must also have a good knowledge of both cultures, be aware of current affairs, and be curious about the world around them. The exam is designed, therefore, to assess your chances of being successful in our program. We focus on the quality of your writing in English and in French, and on your reading comprehension in both languages.

FORMAT: The exam is administered online. You are given two articles to read, one in English and one in French. Each is followed by two questions, one in each language. You must answer in the same language as the question.

*The maximum time allotted is 4 hours.

RESOURCES: You are allowed, and even encouraged, to use dictionaries.

Note: Do this exam on your own, without any outside help, so that the results reflect your knowledge and skills, not someone else’s.

HOW TO ACCESS THE QUALIFYING EXAM: A $25.00 fee is required from all outside applicants. Send us an email at We will send you instructions on how to pay the fee. Once we’ve received confirmation of payment, we will send you the link to the exam, as well as detailed instructions.

QUESTIONS? Please email us at or call 416-487-6742.