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Language Proficiency Tests

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Spanish
According to the U.S. Census, the estimated number of Hispanics in the U.S. as of July 1, 2005 is 42.7 million. This figure means that the U.S. has the fifth largest Hispanic population worldwide (trailing Mexico, Colombia, Spain and Argentina).
Arabic
In December 2003, the U.S. Census bureau released data for the first time on the Arab population of the United States. The cities with largest Arab American populations are Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
French
The 2000 U.S. census estimates that 1.6 million Americans over the age of five speak French at home, making it the third most-spoken language in the country, behind English and Spanish.
Hindi
In 2006, of the 1,266,264 immigrants to the U.S. from all the countries, 58,072 were from India. Indians, along with other Asians, have one of the highest educational qualifications of all ethnic groups in the US with almost 67% of all Indians with a bachelor's or high degree.
Korean
Los Angeles, with its Koreatown district, is home to the largest population of Koreans outside of Asia. In a 2005 United States Census Bureau survey, an estimated 432,907 Koreans in the U.S. were native-born Americans, and 973,780 were foreign-born.
Russian
Russia covers about one-eighth of the world's land surface, making it the world's largest country. In the U.S., Russian is frequently spoken in areas of Alaska, Los Angeles, Seattle, Miami, San Francisco and New York City.
Somali
Between 1992 and 2005, 64,439 persons born in Somalia were admitted to the United States as refugees. Today, Minnesota has the highest population of Somalis in North America.
Amharic
Ethiopia is credited with being the origin of mankind after bones that date back 3.2 million years were discovered in eastern Ethiopia. U.S.-Ethiopian relations were established in 1903. The 2000 U.S. Census estimates the number of foreign-born Ethiopians in the U.S. at 69,530.
Chinese
Chinese people were some of the early immigrants to live in the U.S. They make up the largest Asian population in the U.S. today comprising of 1.2% of the whole population.
Vietnamese
There are over 988,000 foreign born from Vietnam in the U.S. Even though they represent the 5th largest immigrant group in the country, Vietnamese immigrants account for just over 3% of the total foreign-born population.
Interpreter Proficiency Tests

Want to become a medical interpreter but need to prove you have the necessary linguistic skills first? NV AHEC's interpreter language proficiency test helps you do just that. The test assesses your:

  • Fluency in English and a second language
  • Familiarity with basic anatomical and medical terminology
  • Ability to transmit a message accurately from one language into another

The test is a prerequisite for admission to all interpreting classes and is available in two formats: an express phone test and a written test.
For Frequently Asked Questions on our proficiency testing protocol click HERE.

Click HERE to register for a phone or translation test. Upon receipt of your registration information, we will contact you to schedule a test.

The Express Phone Test:
  • Requires 15-20 minutes to complete and is conducted over the phone
  • Is divided into English and target language segments
  • Uses interpretation simulation to assess the candidate's general and medical proficiency


The Written Test
  • Requires 2 hours to complete and can be taken at NV AHEC's office or at your agency's site
  • Is divided into oral and written segments
  • Uses interpretation simulation, sight translation and English and target language instructions to assess the candidate's general and medical proficiency

  • For questions or to sign up for the test, please contact our Testing and Training coordinator.