DipTrans Preparation

The CIOL Qualifications Level 7 Diploma in Translation is a professional qualification, set at 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 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 Qualification Specification and our Candidate Information 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 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.

A selection of free sample exam papers can be accessed by prospective candidates. Non-members and Affiliates can purchase past DipTrans papers and Examiner Reports using these forms: File Exam Report Order Form and File Past Exam Paper Order Form.

Preparing to take the DipTrans online

An online demo test is available. This is recommended, to familiarise yourself with the exam software in advance:

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.

Best candidate
Award winner: Madalina Onofras

Interview with: Madalina Onofras


Best English-German candidate
Award winner: Heike Kurtz

Interview with: Heike Kurtz


Best literature translation
Award winner: Mihail Banica

Interview with: Mihail Banica