How to Get DipTrans Past Papers for the Diploma in Translation Exam

DipTrans candidate searching on her laptop for DipTrans past papers.

Written by Gwenydd Jones

Translator, translator trainer and copywriter

DipTrans past papers for the CIOL Diploma in Translation exam offered by the Chartered Institute of Linguists can be tough to get. This article will tell you where you can get DipTrans past papers. If you’re unfamiliar with the DipTrans, you can read all about it here.

Can you get official DipTrans past papers for free?

That’s one of the first questions trainees on our DipTrans preparation course ask. The answer is, a few. Some sample DipTrans exam papers are available for free on the CIoL website (scroll down for the link). But they’re available only in English. So, no use if you’re preparing for a DipTrans exam where you have to translate into English.

DipTrans exam papers are protected by copyright. That’s why it’s difficult to get hold of them for free on the Internet. But some bloggers who have sat the DipTrans exam share information about the papers.

For instance, trainees from our DipTrans course have told us about the papers they faced each year in the exams. You can find out more about them in our various reports on the DipTrans:

– “DipTrans Exam 2017 Report” by Gwenydd Jones

– “DipTrans Exam 2018 Report” by Alexandra Mollyneaux

– “2019 DipTrans Exam Report (Spanish to English)” by Gwenydd Jones

– “DipTrans Exam 2020 Report” by Gwenydd Jones

You may also like to see this article by Greg Hunt, on the 2010 exam papers

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Free mock Spanish-to-English DipTrans past paper with sample translation

You can find a mock Spanish-to-English DipTrans general paper on our website. It includes a sample translation, which is essential. This is because, if you’re working alone, it’s the only thing you have to compare against your work. That’s why we always provide sample translations on our courses.

Buying DipTrans exam papers and examiner reports through the CIOL website

The Chartered Institute of Linguists will let you buy a few DipTrans past papers.

Towards the end of this page on the CIOL website, you’ll find order forms for DipTrans past papers. They let you order DipTrans examiner reports from a few years and some past papers. The cost is around £15 per set.

The problem is that the examiner reports offered aren’t from the same years as the past papers, which means they’re of very limited use if you’re preparing to sit the DipTrans.

This is a good reason to join a DipTrans preparation course like ours, which has a good stock of past papers and examiner reports.

“Another way to get your hands on DipTrans past papers is to sign up for a DipTrans preparation course, to help you get ready for the exam.”

Getting Diploma in Translation past papers through a DipTrans preparation course

Another way to get your hands on DipTrans past papers is to sign up for a DipTrans preparation course, to help you get ready for the exam. Most courses are run by universities or private academies. The usual format is that the teacher gives you a past paper, you translate it, and then you send it back to them. They mark it and give you feedback.

Our DipTrans preparation course is much more comprehensive than that. It includes heaps of content on translation theory and practice in addition to an entire section dedicated to exam strategy.

Your feedback will be highly personalised and extremely detailed. You also get one-to-one tutorials, bonus videos and an invite to our private Facebook group where you’ll become part of a network of freelance translators.

On top of that, you get a sample translation of each text, so you have something to compare your work against. There are even extra texts, with sample translations, so you can get plenty of practice.

Look at what past trainees have written about the course on my LinkedIn profile (connect with me while you’re there!).

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