The information on this page is for the oral exam only. You must already have passed the NBCMI written exam in order to be eligible to take the oral exam. If you have not yet passed the written exam, choose Step 2: Written Exam above.

Oral examinations are available in the following languages: Spanish, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Korean. If you have passed the NBCMI written exam and interpret for a language other than the six languages listed above, you will be informed if an oral exam in your language becomes available.


Oral Exam Testing Locations

You’ll need to complete the following steps in order to schedule your oral exam at a testing center:
  1. Choose a testing center from the list below.
  2. Watch an instructional video.
  3. Take the practice test.
  4. Schedule your exam.

1. Choose a Testing Center

Choose a location from the list of testing centers for your region:

Northeast

Boston, Massachusetts 
Springfield, Massachusetts 
Flushing, New York 
Manhattan, New York 
Hempstead, New York 
Syracuse, New York 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA 

Midwest

Lombard, Illinois 
Indianapolis, Indiana 
Ann Arbor, Michigan 
St. Louis, Missouri 
Omaha, Nebraska 
Akron, Ohio 
Chillicothe, Ohio 
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

South

Birmingham, Alabama 
Clearwater, Florida (Tampa Bay) 
Atlanta, Georgia 
Charlotte, North Carolina 
Tulsa, Oklahoma 
Memphis, Tennessee 
Nashville, Tennessee 
Houston, Texas 
Richmond, Virginia

West

Anchorage, Alaska 
Phoenix, Arizona 
Tempe, Arizona 
Los Angeles, California 
Millbrae, California (near San Francisco) 
Colorado Springs, Colorado 
Honolulu, Hawaii 
Portland, Oregon 
Murray, Utah 
Tukwila, Washington (near Seattle) 
Wenatchee, Washington

When additional testing sites become available, they will be added to this list.

Please note: A few locations have been set aside for onsite testing of staff interpreters. These locations may not be on the above list. Please email to inform the National Board if you intend to take the oral exam in your health care facility.  

2. Take the Practice Test

The National Board recently made a practice test in order for candidates to become more familiar and comfortable navigating through our oral exam. The practice test can be helpful to practice the format of the test before taking it.

The practice test is only to help candidates with test navigation. It won’t help you to prepare for actual interpreting in a medical context. The role play scenarios on the practice test are not necessarily consistent with the types of role play scenarios on the actual oral exam.

To take the practice test, make sure you are using a PC computer. Go to the testing site: http://hosted.owlts.com/ and log in using the following username and password:

username:          practicetest

password:           practicetest

Please remember that it is your responsibility to know how to navigate through the oral exam, including how and when to record your renditions and request repetitions. If you fail to correctly navigate through the oral exam your score will be negatively impacted.

3. Schedule Your Exam

Email your program advisor and say that you are ready to schedule your oral exam and which testing site location you want.

If you do not know who your advisor is, send an email to [email protected] and state in the email that you are ready to schedule your oral exam. Include the following information in the email: your full name, complete contact information, which language you interpret, the date you passed the written exam, and the location where you want to take your oral exam. DO NOT CALL.


Extensions: You have six months after the date you pass the written exam to schedule the oral exam. If for some reason (such as illness or death in the family) you need an extension, you must contact your program advisor (or email [email protected]) after the six months have expired.

Results: You will be notified of test results by email within 8-10 weeks.

Retakes: The exam costs the same ($275) each time you take it. If you need to retake the exam, you must pay the full exam fee each time.

Fees Expiration and Refunds Policies: The exam fees are non-refundable and an exam fee will expire after one year if the exam has not been taken.