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English

Diagnostic Test for Translation & Interpretation Program Enrollees


Name:____________________ Gender:___________________ Program:________________________(e.g. Conference Interpretation) Year of study:____________________(e.g. 1st semester) Score:_____________________

Directions
Section 1: Glossary reading and multiple-choice questions (20 minutes, 20 points) In this section, you will be given 15 minutes to study a glossary that mainly covers politicians, television hosts, popular TV shows in the States, the US Constitution, and places in the world (listed alphabetically). After 15 minutes, the glossary will be collected by the proctor. You will be given another 5 minutes to complete 10 multiple- choice questions (worth 2 points each) based on the information included in the glossary. Section 2: Listening, note-taking, and cloze (15 minutes, 40 points) In this section, you will hear a segment of President Obamas speech at the 2012 White House Correspondents Dinner ONLY ONCE (about 6.5 minutes). While you listen, please feel free to take notes. You will be given 8 minutes to fill in the 10 blanks in the speech transcript, which will be provided by the proctor AFTER you hear the speech. Each blank is worth 4 points. Your responses will be judged upon how well they keep the original meaning of the speech and whether they are grammatically correct.

Section 3: Writing with prompts (25 minutes, 6 points) In this section, you will have 25 minutes both to read through the reference answer keys to the questions in the previous two sections and to write a one-page reflective journal entry about your test-taking experience in English. Be sure to address the following points as you compose your journal entry. Your thoughts on your performance on Section 1 and Section 2 of this test; Your thoughts on what you have learned from taking Section 1 and Section 2 of this test; You thoughts on what you would need to work on if you wanted to perform better on Section 1 and Section 2 of this test. You will also be judged upon how well you organize, develop, and support your ideas with appropriate details, and whether the journal entry shows unity, coherence, and progression, as well as appropriate use of grammar and vocabulary. 2

Section 2: Listening, note-taking, and cloze Use the space below to take notes. 3

Section 3: Writing with prompts Use the space below to write your reflective journal entry.