IoLET Level 7 Diploma in Translation (DipTrans)

About the exam

Is it right for me?

The Diploma in Translation (DipTrans) is the gold standard for anyone wanting a career as a freelance translator or to work as a translator for international corporations worldwide and meets the need for a high-level professional translating qualification.

Level: postgraduate-level qualification.


What are the benefits?

  • Ofqual-accredited, internationally recognised qualification
  • Improved career prospects. You will be entitled to:
    • Use the title DipTrans IoLET after your name
    • Apply for membership of the Chartered Institute of Linguists


What format does the exam take?

The qualification is composed of three units:


Unit 01 - Written translation of a general text

Unit 02 - Written translation of a semi-specialised text in one of the following:

  • Technology
  • Business
  • Literature

Unit 03 - Written translation of a semi-specialised text in one of the following:

  • Science
  • Social science
  • Law


Which languages can I take the exam in?

You can take the DipTrans in a wide range of languages. View the languages list  for the DipTrans exam.


The IoLET Level 7 Diploma in Translation is a professional qualification, set at postgraduate level. It is the responsibility of each Candidate to ascertain that they are sufficiently prepared for the examination, and competent in both the source and target languages, have good writing skills and the ability to translate at a professional level.

How can I prepare for the exam?

It is essential that you read the PDF iconDipTrans Handbook and our Candidate Regulations to find out detailed information about the exam format, criteria and regulations.

We also offer preparatory notes on translation:

It is good practice to prepare for a professional qualification by following a course of study. Courses are available in different regions of the UK and at international centres. Please refer to the list of centres and contact course providers directly. Please note that as the Awarding Organisation for the DipTrans, we are unable to endorse or recommend any particular course.

In order to prepare for the DipTrans exam, please register as an IoLET Affiliate member of CIOL. This will give you access to a number of past papers and examiner reports via a tab in this section of the website.

Please see the IoLET Affiliate page for further information and to register online.   

Is there any other information I need to know?

You can download useful support material to help you prepare once you have become an IoLET Affiliate.


When can I take the exam?

 All three units of the exam are taken on a single day in January, depending on language combination:

  • Tuesday 17 January 2017 - from all languages into English
  • Wednesday 18 January 2017 - from English into all languages

On each of the two examination dates all Units must commence at the following local time only:

Unit 01: 9.30am  -  Unit 02: 1.30pm  -  Unit 03: 4.00pm


How much does it cost?

Candidates must pay exam fees and a centre fee. Fees are reviewed annually.

Exam fees 2017

  • Unit 01 Written translation of a general text: £405
  • Unit 02 Written translation of a semi-specialised text: £300
  • Unit 03 Written translation of a semi-specialised text: £300


  • Units 01 and 02 booked together: £600
  • Units 01 and 03 booked together: £600
  • Units 02 and 03 booked together: £600


  • Full registration (all units): £600

Please note there is no early registration fee from 2017

Centre fees

If you register to take the exam at one of our centres, centre fees are arranged and payable directly to the centre.

If you register to take the exam at the IoLET Open Centre, London, the following fees apply:

  • Unit 1: £52
  • Unit 2: £52
  • Unit 3: £52
  • All 3 units: £156


Where can I take the exam?

See our list of exam centres to find the one nearest you.

The IoLET Open Centre in London accepts candidates who haven’t attended a course or can't find a centre locally and wish to take the exam.

In addition to centres in the UK, the Diploma in Translation can be taken at centres in Bahrain, Canada, China (Mainland, Hong Kong & Macao), Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, UAE and Uruguay. If there is no registered centre in the country where you want to take the exam, please contact your local British Council office.



Entry Criteria

The IoLET Level 7 Diploma in Translation tests professional translating skills at a postgraduate level of competence. The examination is open to all. However, Candidates are advised to ensure prior to registering, that their level of linguistic attainment in the source language is at least equivalent to a good Honours degree, and that they are familiar with the relevant cultural background. In line with the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) requirements, as a guideline candidates should be 19yrs+.

How do I register?

To register for the DipTrans exam, simply download the PDF iconExam entry form and follow the instructions. Please submit the completed and signed form by post or by emailing a scan to .  Separate entry forms must be completed for multiple registrations. A Candidate is only fully registered when the exam fee has been received and payment has been cleared.  Please see documentation requirements depending on the type of centre. 


Candidates preparing for the Diploma in Translation are supported through membership of the Chartered Institute of Linguists as an IoLET Affiliate. This membership grade provides access to resources to support preparation as well as other membership benefits. Exam candidates are encouraged to join CIOL as an IoLET Affiliate as soon as they know they intend to take the exam to ensure they get the most out of their membership. Registration with CIOL as an IoLET Affiliate or in professional membership grades is a pre-requisite for exam registration. The applicant's current membership number must be quoted on the exam entry form in order to be processed. Please see IoLET Affiliate membership for further details.     

You should also peruse the Candidate Regulations.

The registration period runs from 1 May – 31 August.

Small Language Entry

There must be a minimum number of Candidates registered for an examination to run. Should this minimum number not be reached by the end of the registration period, IoLET will inform Candidates who are registered and have paid fees of the options available to them, which may include the option of paying a supplementary fee for the exam to be set.

After the exam

From marking to issuing results

Quality assurance is built in throughout the life of a qualification. The diagram below describes a set of procedures IoLET follows from the examination taking place to issuing results. Rigorous checks are crucial to the quality of each of the IoLET qualifications and ensure the accuracy of the assessment decisions.

After the exam - from marking to issuing results

*DipTrans results are issued within 14 weeks of the examination day. DPSI / DPI results are issued within 12 weeks of the examination day.


When do I get my certificate?

DipTrans: Your certificate will be issued in July and sent to your home address.

DPSI: Certificates are issued at the end of October and sent to centres. Candidates who sit the exam at the IoLET Open Centre, London, receive their certificate directly.

DPI: You will receive your certificate within two months of the release of results.

All: Please advise IoLET immediately of any change of address as certificates cannot be reissued.

What if I have a complaint?

You have 21 days after the end of the exam session to submit a complaint in writing. Please see the complaints policy and procedures.

What if I want to lodge an appeal?

You have two weeks after receiving your results to lodge an appeal. Please see the enquiries on results and appeals policy and procedures.