How can I prepare for the exam?
The CIOL Qualifications Level 7 Diploma in Translation is a high-level professional qualification, set at Master's/postgraduate level. It is the responsibility of each candidate to ensure that they are sufficiently prepared for the exam, competent in both the source and target languages, have very good writing skills and the ability to translate quickly and very accurately at a professional level.
We also offer preparatory notes on translation:
- Preparing for the Diploma in Translation and Importance of translation theory
- Translation techniques
- Hints and pitfalls
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 internationally. Please refer to the list of courses 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.
Source texts from past exams
Example English source texts
Examples in other languages
The examiner report from July 2022 is available here.
Preparing to take the DipTrans online
An online demo test is available. This is recommended, to familiarise yourself with the exam software in advance:
This YouTube video guide (click the link or the picture below) offers advice on joining the CIOLQ Online Exam Delivery Platform for written units.
Tips from Diploma in Translation award winners
Click the images below to watch the interviews with recent Diploma in Translation award winners for some tips on how to prepare for the exam.
Award winner: Madalina Onofras
Click here to watch our interview with: Madalina Onofras
Best English-German candidate
Award winner: Heike Kurtz
Click here to watch our interview with: Heike Kurtz
Best literature translation
Award winner: Mihail Banica
Click here to watch our interview with: Mihail Banica