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 January 16th 2017 January 28th 2017
Spring March 13th 2017 March 25th 2017
May 9th 2017 May 20th 2017
Summer August 16th 2017 August 23rd A2017

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 2015 and 2016 pre-admission exams:
  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 
 
General Knowledge
QCM (FR)  ico-pdf  ico-pdf  ico-pdf
Quiz (EN)  ico-pdf  ico-pdf  ico-pdf

 

  January 2016
March 2016
Compréhension de discours français
Discours 1
(FR)
Salon de l’automobile QCM
ico-pdf
Laurence Rossignol QCM
ico-pdf
Discours 2
(FR)
Bernard Cazeneuve QCM
ico-pdf
France 24 – Virus Zika QCM
ico-pdf
   
English comprehension
Speech 1
(EN)
John Kerry Quiz
ico-pdf
Julian Treasure Quiz
ico-pdf
Speech 2
(EN)
Wayne Blair Quiz
ico-pdf
Special Edition Bokamoso Quiz
ico-pdf
   
General Knowledge
QCM (FR)  ico-pdf  ico-pdf
Quiz (EN)  ico-pdf  ico-pdf

 
Download the 2014 pre-admissions exam (compressed file)

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