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ATA Exam-Prep Workshop (Parts 1 and 2)
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ATA Exam-Prep Workshop

When: April 29, 2017
Where: Golden Gate University
536 Mission Street
Room 5215
San Francisco, California  94105
United States
Presenter: Sean Dodd

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Registration closes 4/26/2017 or sooner if maximum numbers are reached. 

Early-bird discount ends 4/15/2017.

Workshop fees: 


Part 1 and 2:

Early-bird discount until April 15

$80 (member)

$110 (non-member)

After April 15

$110 (member)

$140 (non-member)


Please note: Places are not confirmed until payment is received. We recommend remitting payment via PayPal when you register. 



Designed to help you prepare for success on the ATA certification exam (the next ATA certification exam in Northern California will be offered in San Francisco in September), part one of this workshop is a language-neutral guide to the exam that is useful to all examinees regardless of language combination, while part two is specifically focused on the Spanish>English and English>Spanish combinations.


PART 1 provides a 90-minute overview of the exam, with many tips on how to prepare for it and how to maximize your potential on exam day. Translators working in any language combination should benefit from this part.


Note: To register only for Part 1, please click here


PART 2 is another 90-minute session for Spanish translators only. In this part, we focus on special translation problems and solutions that are common to the Spanish>English and English>Spanish combinations. Spanish translators will be provided sample texts before the workshop, and individualized feedback will be provided to participants who turn in translations of those texts by the workshop date. Spanish translators will also practice translating a different set of texts during the workshop as part of an exam simulation, followed by a group discussion about that simulation.


This workshop covers a lot of material in a limited amount of time, so it is essential that we start punctually at 1:00 PM. For those attending the entire workshop, a 15-minute break is provided at 2:30 and a shorter 10-minute break is offered at 3:30. For the exam simulation, Spanish translators should bring their own laptops, paper, pens, pencils, dictionaries, etc., but it is not necessary to pack your entire reference collection. One or two good dictionaries should suffice.


Saturday, April 29, 2017, San Francisco

1:00   Part 1:  ATA Exam Overview with Tips for Success (Language Neutral)

2:30   BREAK (15 min)

2:45   Part 2:  Special Translation Problems and Solutions in the Spanish>English and English>Spanish Combinations

3:30   BREAK (10 min)

3:40   Part 2 (Continued)

4:20   Final Questions and Answers

4:30   END



Sean Dodd is ATA-certified in Spanish-to-English translation and holds a BA in Spanish and a certificate in court interpreting, among other credentials. In 2012, he earned ATA certification on his first exam sitting. Russian was his first foreign language and he is an honors graduate of the Defense Language Institute, having served in the Cold War. Since going freelance in 2014, Sean now divides his time between his native Bay Area and his second home in southern Spain. //


ATA Continuing Education Credit: ATA-certified members will earn three Continuing Education points.

Early payment is advised in order to secure participation and help reach the workshop minimum participation. Unfortunately, workshops may occasionally have to be cancelled or rescheduled if the confirmed participation in advance is very low. NCTA will not be responsible for any consequential losses to participants arising from this.

Cancellation policy: Refunds are issued only if notice of cancellation is received one week prior to the applicable workshop date. A cancellation fee of $10 is charged for all cancellations.

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