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PDFWAC 388-03-138

What procedural requirements apply to administering certification and screening examinations?

(1) The department has a "no-comment, no-return" examination policy. Once an examination is given, it becomes the property of the department and it will not be released to anyone, including test candidates. Such property includes the test booklet, answer sheets, oral test recordings, test grading sheets, and notes taken by the candidate.
(2) The department will not discuss specific examination content, including specific test questions or answers, with test candidates or any other party. Candidates can receive general critiques of their oral test performance if they submit a written request. Generic critiques of written test performance are not available except for the employee test.
(3) Passing scores for the different examinations are established by the department based on bilingual fluency required by law, testing technicalities and the language needs of the department. Test scores will only be reported to candidates in writing. No score information will be released over the telephone to anyone, including the test candidate.
(4) All interpreter and translator candidates must follow test instructions. Failure to follow test instructions may result in an invalid test. Invalid tests will not be scored and, therefore, no test results will be reported to the candidate.
(5) If a candidate arrives late for the written test but decides to proceed with taking the test, the candidate will take the test during the remaining time allowed. The lost time resulting from their late arrival will not be made up in additional testing time.
(6) If a candidate arrives late for an oral test, they may lose their confirmed time slot. A lost time slot resulting from a late arrival will not be made up.
(7) Tests will not be rescheduled because a candidate arrives late at a testing site except in the case of a bona fide emergency. If you are too late to take the test for some reason other than an emergency, you may register for another examination by paying another test fee.
(8) No electronic devices such as laptops, tablets, electronic dictionaries, smart phones, cell phones are allowed during the written and oral test.
(9) No reference materials of any kind will be allowed during the written and oral tests. However, hard copy dictionaries are allowed for the document translator examination.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.025, 74.08.090, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and 45 C.F.R. Section 80.3 (b)(2). WSR 15-07-008, § 388-03-138, filed 3/6/15, effective 4/6/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 2.43.010, 74.04.025, and 74.08.090. WSR 00-06-014, § 388-03-138, filed 2/22/00, effective 3/24/00.]
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