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Medical Interpreter Competency Exam

(Spanish <> English)

As hospitals and other health care organizations recognize the impact language services has on patient outcomes and risk management, the vital importance of using qualified/certified interpreters is understood better than ever.

The Medical Interpreter Competency Examination (MICE) is an interpreting performance test developed by NCI. This exam assesses a healthcare interpreter’s capability in the three modes of interpreting, as well as ethics and protocol specific to the clinical setting. This exam fulfills Joint Commission requirements for the use of qualified personnel in language services.

All scenarios are adapted from authentic medical records. The test is structured as follows:

SectionTime Allotted
Written Exam:
ethics and standards of practice
30 Minutes
Medical Vocabulary:
terminology in context
(S<>E, E<>S)
5 Minutes
Sight Translation:
medical records, informed consent
(S<>E, E<>S)
6 Minutes
doctor-patient interview
(S<>E, E<>S)
23 Minutes
Test Instruction Time6 Minutes
Total70 Minutes


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