Chartered Institute
of Linguists

DPSI June 2022

Exam Dates

  • 20-24 June 2022 - oral units
  • 28 June 2022 - written units


It is the responsibility of each candidate to make sure that they are sufficiently prepared for the exam and are familiar with public service procedures and specialist vocabulary relating to the pathway chosen. The exam is available both to candidates attending courses in centres recognised by CIOL Qualifications and to independent candidates.


Role play topics for the June 2022 DPSI exam are here: PDF icon DPSI ROLE PLAY TOPICS June 2022.pdf

How can I prepare for the exam?

Please read the DPSI Qualifications Specification and our Candidate Information to find out detailed information about the exam format, criteria, topic areas and regulations. It is also good practice to prepare for a professional qualification by following a course of study. Courses are available from external providers. 

Preparing to take the DPSI online

An online demo test is available if you are preparing to take the DPSI online. This recommended to familiarise yourself with the exam software in advance. If you are studying for the Law pathway, you may wish to supplement your studies with a five-part interactive preparatory online workshop available to CIOL members in our webinar library. Non-members and Study Affiliates can purchase past DPSI papers using this form: File DPSI Past Paper Order Form

Assessment Adaptation Unit 01 -  Interpret consecutively and simultaneously in the public services 

CIOL Qualifications (CIOLQ) has listened to feedback received from candidates and training providers and has made the decision to adapt the way in which Unit 01 of the CIOL Qualifications Level 6 Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) will be examined in June 2022. The initial move in 2020 to online assessment (due to the Covid-19 pandemic) and our decision to continue to offer online assessments in 2022 has presented an opportunity for us to review and improve the way in which we assess the above unit.

We are pleased to announce that as of June 2022, Unit 01 will be assessed via Microsoft Teams using an audio recording for Unit 01 – Part B. You will listen to the audio recording through headphones and interpret simultaneously. For practice purposes only, a sample English recording is available here:

An English Unit 01 paper is available here: PDF icon DPSI Sample Paper U01.pdf  

Key points:

  • An invigilator will support you during your Unit 01- Part A and Part B exam
  • Your laptop/pc must always have a camera and microphone access
  • You must ensure you have good quality headphones
  • You must have either Microsoft - Windows 10 or for Macs - OS-X10.9 or later
  • Minimum bandwidth requirement of at least 2Mbps down/1Mbps up
  • It is highly recommended that where possible an ethernet cable is used, for faster internet and more reliable connectivity

More about Unit 01:

Part A – Interpret consecutively between an English Speaker and a speaker of the Other Language. Both speakers will be present and the exam will be conducted on Microsoft Teams. A recording will not be used for Part A. Role play topics will be published on our website on 06 June 2022. You will be required to interpret consecutively for approximately 20 minutes.

Part B – Interpret simultaneously. You are no longer required to whisper.

You will listen to two audio recordings which you will be required to interpret simultaneously. On the day of the exam an invigilator will share the audio recordings with you. The two recordings cannot be slowed down and there will be no repetition. The recordings will be as follows:

  • Recording 1: Interpret simultaneously from your chosen language into English
  • Recording 2: Interpret simultaneously into your chosen language from English

Both Recording 1 and Recording 2 will be on the same broad topic but could be from a different area. Role play topics will be published on our website on 06 June 2022. You will be required to interpret simultaneously for a period of 10 minutes.

While the format of the assessment has been adapted for ease of online delivery, the learning outcomes and assessment descriptors remain the same. The marking and moderation of completed assessments and results processing remain unaffected. Your achievement will still be entirely representative of the qualification as a whole.

If you have any questions for June 2022, please contact our Client Services Team (CST) by email to