Conference Interpreting Admissions

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Admission requirements

  • Have an excellent understanding of French and English.
  • Have a minimum of 12 consecutive months of in-country experience using your B or C languages. Learn about A, B and C working languages.
  • Have completed 3rd-year at ISIT or hold a licence, bachelor’s, master’s or other equivalent degree. For more information about degree equivalency, contact Christel Reille, Student admissions Manager.
  • Demonstrate exceptional fluency in all selected active (A and B) languages and an excellent understanding of all passive (C) languages.

Admissions calendar

Session Deadline Pre-admission exams
Winter 16th January 2017 28th January 2017
Spring 13th March 2017 25th March 2017
9th May 2017 20th May 2017
Summer 16th August 2017 23rd August 2017

Pre-admission exam fees: €250 by online payment.

Pre-admission exam

Candidates for ISIT’s Conference Interpreting program are evaluated on their mastery of languages and their knowledge of international political and economic issues.    

  • Listening comprehension includes 2 speeches in French and 2 speeches in English. Candidates listen to the speeches, then answer to multiple-choice questions designed to test their comprehension. Candidates may take notes.
  • The general knowledge assessment is based on two multiple-choice general knowledge tests on current political, economic and international affairs, one in English and one in French.

Candidates are invited to sit the ISIT entrance exam based on test scores and an application review that includes an evaluation of their cover letter and overall experience.

How to prepare for pre-admission exams

  • Practice delivering the message from your B and C languages into your A language, and if your language combination permits it, from your A language into your B language. Listen carefully to the speaker’s message, be sure you fully understand it, then deliver it in the first person, making sure to communicate the main ideas.
  • Practice with the 2014 pre-admission exam.
  May 2014 August 2014
Compréhension de discours français
Discours 1
(Français)
Najat
Vallaud-Belkacem (4’06’’)
 QCM
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 Nicolas Hulot (3’39’’) QCM
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Discours 2
(Français)
Thierry Winkel (3’06″) QCM
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 Manuel Valls (4’20’’) QCM
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English comprehension
Speech 1
(English)
David Morrison (3’06″)  Quiz
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 Hillary Clinton (2’28’’) Quiz
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Speech 2
(English)
Chris Mercer (4’10’’)  Quiz
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 Tony Benn (4’24’’) Quiz
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Culture générale
QCM
(Français)
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Quiz
(English)
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  February 2015 April 2015 August 2015
Compréhension de discours français
Discours 1
(FR)
François Hollande ico-pdf Laurent Fabius ico-pdf  Grégoire ico-pdf 
Discours 2
(FR)
Claude Bartolone ico-pdf Marisol Touraine ico-pdf   Laurent Fabius ico-pdf 
 
English comprehension
Speech 1
(EN)
Leonardo DiCaprio ico-pdf  Angelina Jolie ico-pdf  Jimmy Carter ico-pdf 
Speech 2
(EN)
Dan Brown ico-pdf  Moshe Safdie ico-pdf  Mark Rekless ico-pdf 
 
Culture générale
QCM (FR)  ico-pdf  ico-pdf  ico-pdf
Quiz (EN)  ico-pdf  ico-pdf  ico-pdf

Entrance exams

  • Over the course of several interviews, the jury assesses candidates based on their understanding, ease and richness of expression in their A and B language, as well as their general knowledge, especially about the countries where their languages are spoken. Candidates are also evaluated based on their level of curiosity and motivation.
  • During interpretation exercises, candidates listen to a 3-minute speech in their B or C language, and then deliver the message in their A language in the first person. If their language combination permits it, they are also asked to work from A into B.

Candidates are not allowed to take notes during the speeches—this test evaluates concentration and analytical skills, as well as the ability to summarize ideas.

Prepare for entrance exams

Watch our videos on ISIT’s YouTube channel.

Download the 2017 Admissions brochure

Apply to ISIT

Student Admissions Manager: Christel Reille