Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam 

The focus of our program is on teaching skills and techniques to those individuals with strong bilingual skills in both Spanish and English. To ensure that participants meet the language requirements, a written entrance exam will be given.

Participants successfully completing the exam with a passing score of 70% or higher will gain entrance into the program. The exam consist of 50 multiple choice questions in both Spanish and English. Participants will have up to one hour and a half to complete the exam.

The Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam will be offered in two ways: The first is a face-to-face exam which will be administered by the Office of Testing Services on our Fresno State campus. Secondly, the exam will be offered on-line through Blackboard.

The Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam is "free" of charge.

I. Face-to-Face Exam:

The Office of Testing Services will administer a face-to-face version of the Medical Interpreting Entrance Exams on behalf of the Division of Continuing and Global Education. The Office of Testing Services is located in the Family and Food Sciences Building, Room 110 (1st floor) on the Fresno State campus. 

  • Participants who wish to take the Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam MUST check-in at the Office of Testing Services.
  • The Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam is "free" of charge.
  • Participants must show a current form of Government Issued Identification Card with a photograph such as a Driver’s License and/or State Issued I.D. card. If you arrive at the Office of Testing Services without proper form of Government I.D. card, you will NOT be able to take the entrance exam. No exceptions will be made.
  • No appointment is necessary to take the Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam. The entrance exam can be taken on a “walk-in” basis.
  • Participants may take up to 1 hour and a half to complete the Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam. If a participant takes longer than an hour and a half to complete the exam, the exam will NOT be counted and will be voided.
  • The Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam may be taken twice within the specified dates and times listed below:

Dates: August 18 - December 12, 2014 AND January 12 - April 10, 2015  (dates are subject to change)

Mondays and Tuesdays from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Testing Office closes at 5:00 p.m.)

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Saturdays by prearranged appointments only.  Please contact the Office of Testing Services at 559.278.2457.

  • Please give yourself enough time to check-in and to complete the exam at the Office of Testing Services. When the Office of Testing Services closes at the end of their business day, you will be asked to turn in your exam whether you have completed the exam or not.
  • Your Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam results will be mailed to the address provided to the Office of Testing Services. Please make sure your mailing address is current.
  • The exam results will be emailed to you within a week of completing the exam. Results will not be available the day you take the exam.
  • Important information to remember when taking the Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam, please read the following:
  • No food and drinks allowed.
  • No hats, visors, sunglasses, or hood wearing.
  • Cellphones, iPod, laptops, iPad, etc., turned off and put away.
  • A scan-tron and pencil will be provided.
  • Please be quiet when entering the Testing Center.

We recommend that you park your vehicle in Parking Lot P20 in the “Green Lot” which has been allocated for Students/Public parking. You will need to obtain a one-day parking pass for $3.00 at the Daily Parking Permit Dispenser located in Parking Lot P20. Please see the attached campus map for further details. A parking permit is required to park on campus Monday through Friday.

The Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam may be taken twice within the dates listed above. If you do not pass the exam after taking it twice, you will have to wait until the exams are made available again.

II. On-line Exam through Blackboard:

The Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam can be accessed and completed on-line using Blackboard.  If you are interested in signing-up for the Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam, please complete the following Google form by clicking here.

Once the form is submitted, Mrs. Dolores Vezzolini, Program Coordinator, will create a username and password which will allow you to access the entrance exam.  Your log-in information will be emailed to you at the email address you provided on the Google form.   Please allow a 24-hour turn around time during the work week.  For submissions after 5:00 p.m. on Friday and during the weekend, your request will be processed at the beginning of the upcoming week.  Please expect a longer turn around time during holidays.

The Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam is "free" of charge.

The following is important information about the on-line Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam:

1.  The Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam consist of 50 multiple-choice questions in both Spanish and English.

2.  Participants successfully completing the exam with a passing score of 70% or higher will gain entrance into the Certificate Award in Medical Interpreting Program.  The first course in the program, Introduction to Interpreting, is scheduled to begin in May, 2015.  This program will be offered entirely on-line through Blackboard.

3.  You will have up to one hour and a half to complete the exam.  Please keep in mind that you will not be able to save your exam and complete it at another time.  Once you begin your exam, you will have to complete it within the outlined time frame.

4.  You will have two weeks (14 days) in which to log-in and complete the Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam.  Mrs. Dolores Vezzolini will contact you, via email, with your user name and password to access the entrance exam on-line through Blackboard.

5.  If you do not pass the exam on your first attempt, you will have one additional opportunity to re-take the exam.  You may re-take the exam right away or you can take the exam with 14 days of the first attempt.

6.  The Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam will be available August 18 through December 12, 2014 AND January 5 through April 10, 2015 (dates are subject to change).  The entrance exam may be taken twice within that time frame.

7.  As a reminder, you will be held to the standards outlined in the "University Honor Code" which can be viewed by clicking here.

8.  Results will be immediately available upon submission of your exam.

Please see the “Frequently Asked Questions” listed below:

  1. Do I have to take the Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam in Spanish and English? Yes. To ensure that participants meet the bilingual language requirement, a written exam must be taken by every participant who wishes to enroll in the Certificate Award in Medical Interpreting Program.
  2. If I passed the Court Interpreting Entrance Exam, do I have to take the Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam? Participants who have passed the Court Interpreting Entrance Exam, with a score of 70% or higher, are eligible to gain entrance to the Medical Interpreting program and are exempt from the Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam. For further information, please contact Ms. Dolores Vezzolini at drodrig@csufresno.edu for further information.
  3. What is the content of the Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam? The entrance exam is designed to verify your bilingual proficiency by testing your general knowledge and proficiency in Spanish and English. The exam will focus on your knowledge of grammar, syntax, vocabulary and reading comprehension.
  4. How do I know if I passed the Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam? Participants successfully completing the exam will earn a passing score of 70% or higher. The exam consists of 50 questions in both English and Spanish.
  5. How will I receive my Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam results? Exam results will be mailed to the address provided to the Office of Testing Services and will be mailed within two weeks of completing the exam.  If you take the exam through Blackboard (online), your exam results are available immediately after the completion of the exam. 
  6. Can I take the Medical Interpreting Entrance Exam again even if I didn’t pass it the first time? Yes. The entrance exam can be taken twice during the times outlined. If the exam is not passed on the second attempt, participants will have to wait until the entrance exam is made available sometime in the Fall, 2015 and/or Spring, 2016 terms.
  7. If my language skills are not strong enough to be admitted to the program at this time, what can I do to improve my skills? We recommend that you read as much as possible in both English and Spanish, including newspapers, magazines, novels, etc. We encourage you to read Spanish periodicals directly from Spanish-speaking countries rather than ones from the U.S., where styles tend to be heavily influenced by English. Courses in reading comprehension, composition, and remediation are available through your local Adult Schools, Community Colleges, etc. to assist in improving your skills.