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Translator Qualifications for Test Adaptation

February 22, 2018 - By: - In: Test and Assessment Translation - Comments Off on Translator Qualifications for Test Adaptation

Successful test adaptations in education and psychology are a carefully calibrated result of the people and processes invested in making it happen. I know because we’ve had the privilege of adapting tests into one or more foreign languages for many of the leading names in test publishing. Here on the blog we recently talked about […]

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What’s New in the Second Edition of the ITC Guidelines for Adapting Tests

February 7, 2018 - By: - In: Test and Assessment Translation - Comments Off on What’s New in the Second Edition of the ITC Guidelines for Adapting Tests

The International Test Commission’s “ITC Guidelines for Translating and Adapting Tests” is a document that informs and directs our work adapting tests for different linguistic and cultural contexts. As a translation agency that specializes in high-stakes projects, we regularly translate and adapt tests and assessments in fields like education, health and human resources. The wisdom […]

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Group Fights Back Against Translation Scammers

February 1, 2018 - By: - In: In the News / Awards - No comments

Scammers exist in a variety of industries, including the translation industry, unfortunately. They are the scourge of real translators and hiring managers alike, damaging reputations and wasting time and money. But now, one well-organized group is fighting back. What’s the Scam In the basic version of the scam, scammers steal CVs from real translators and […]

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Reasons to Adapt a Test or Assessment

January 4, 2018 - By: - In: Test and Assessment Translation - Comments Off on Reasons to Adapt a Test or Assessment

Tests, with all of the time and resources that they require to develop, no longer need to be limited to a single purpose and narrow application. For test developers, test adaptation is greatly expanding the value and usefulness of assessments and their item banks. Test adaptation transforms an assessment expressed in one language and/or grounded […]

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It’s Official: Alcohol Can Improve Your Foreign Language Skills

December 20, 2017 - By: - In: In the News / Awards - Comments Off on It’s Official: Alcohol Can Improve Your Foreign Language Skills

Three cheers for alcohol? Speaking in a recently learned foreign language can be a difficult task. There are lots of new words to remember and verb tenses to keep track of, and you may not have developed total confidence in your abilities yet. A recently published study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, however, revealed that […]

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Translators’ Hall of Shame: Part VIII

December 13, 2017 - By: - In: In the News / Awards - Comments Off on Translators’ Hall of Shame: Part VIII

It’s no secret that bad translation can get you into trouble, but just how bad can it be? Most recently, bad translation has led to one man’s arrest, a nation wasting millions of dollars and mass confusion on public transportation. A Spotlight on Bad Translation “Translators’ Hall of Shame” is our blog post series highlighting […]

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Test Instruments in Translation Are More Valuable Than You Think

November 28, 2017 - By: - In: Test and Assessment Translation - Comments Off on Test Instruments in Translation Are More Valuable Than You Think

The translation and adaptation of test instruments is now more than just a matter of accommodation or satisfying a legal mandate. It’s an opportunity to capitalize on your existing assets and to develop content for new markets and applications more quickly and efficiently. English-language item banks are created at great expense by test developers, but […]

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Language to Doom Democracy

November 8, 2017 - By: - In: Language - Comments Off on Language to Doom Democracy

In “Language: The Most Disruptive Technology,” former diplomat and presidential advisor Charles Hill sees a revolutionary shift in how language is used. “Disruptive” and “revolutionary” are favored terms used by technology mavens at Ted Talks. But Hill thinks the new language technologies of social media spell trouble for democracy and social cohesion.

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Translators’ Hall of Shame: Part VII. Halloween Edition

October 24, 2017 - By: - In: Translation - Comments Off on Translators’ Hall of Shame: Part VII. Halloween Edition

You can call us the bad translation zombie hunters. Like a band of Hollywood zombies, bad translation is still out there roaming the streets. It doesn’t matter if you’ve killed it in your own backyard, like we have with our ISO 9001 processes, our fanatical attention to quality and our error-free guarantee, destructive cases of […]

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Translated.com Privacy Breach Serves as a Warning

October 17, 2017 - By: - In: In the News / Awards - Comments Off on Translated.com Privacy Breach Serves as a Warning

Dangerous data breaches are on the rise. Most recently, the consumer credit reporting agency Equifax was the target of a hack where cybercriminals made off with the sensitive personal information of 143 million people, including birth dates, Social Security numbers and home addresses. In September Slator reported on a privacy breach at Translated.com. People’s sensitive […]

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