Spanish-English Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination

The FCICE (Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination) registration page for the written exam, which will be held in August of this year, just became available on April 16. For the first time, the FCICE will be administered at Prometric testing centers across the nation, eliminating the need to travel to specific locations to take this challenging exam. The exam dates are August 6 through August 13. Applicants who pass the written exam will qualify to sit for the oral exam, which will be held at some point next year (dates to be announced).

If you've ever thought about taking the federal court interpreter exam, this is a great opportunity to do so. With several thousand testing centers across the nation, we bet there's a Prometric location close to your home office. Judy just signed up for the exam.  To do the same, start here. Applicants must register for the exam (cost: $175) before they are able to schedule the exam with the testing provider.

Update: the National Center for Interpretation at the University of Arizona is offering prep courses for the written exam. They seem a bit pricey at $495 ($396 for NAJIT members), but they are conveniently offered around the country. You can register for classes here.


Jeff Whittaker said...


Do you know if it is possible for me to just take the written test (I have no intention of becoming an interpreter and do not want to take the rest of the test) and then advertise that I "passed the written section of the federal..."? Do they provide you with a pass/fail notice for just that section?
Jeff Whittaker

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on April 18, 2012 at 10:07 PM said...

@Jeff: thanks for reading and commenting. Good question. Unfortunately, we don't know the answer, but we do know several colleagues who list "passed written portion of FCICE" on their list of achievements. We are not sure how valuable that is, but everything helps. Please contact the FCICE folks. We bet they can help you! Here's the link:

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on April 21, 2012 at 9:08 AM said...

Update: the registration process on Prometric worked like a charm. Allow 2 full business days for processing before you are elegible to sign up for the exam slot on the Prometric website. Judy signed up on Monday, April 16 and was able to register on the Prometric site by later afternoon on Wednesday, April 18. However, by that time, her chosen slot (August 6 in Las Vegas) had already been taken. Our point is: it sure looks like this exam is filling up quickly, so do register sooner rather than later.

Cassy on April 22, 2012 at 5:56 AM said...

Your post is very informative. I am pretty sure this post will really helps those who waited for the examination date. Keep posting!

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on April 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM said...

@Cassy: happy to help. :) We will gladly continue posting.

Emily Ortiz Alfonso on May 10, 2012 at 8:54 AM said...

Judy & Dagmar, thank you for this wonderful information. I knew the written federal court exam was this year. How elated I am that I can sleep in my own bed and take this test 10 minutes from my home.

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on May 11, 2012 at 10:43 AM said...

@Emily: you are very welcome! We hear that the Prometrics folks take this quite seriously -- you know, they check your pockets to make sure you have no cheating materials (?) -- but it sure is convenient to be able to take the exam in your town. Judy has ordered the received the booklet and the CD, and they seem to be quite useful. Good luck on the exam!

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