Interpreter Language Skills Assessment

The language skills assessment will complete students’ qualification as a community interpreter, once you have passed the core interpreter competencies training. The test can also be completed as a standalone component as proof of your interpreting skills.  


There are two language skills assessment tests recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, ILSAT and CILISAT. You must pass either ILSAT or CILISAT to obtain the MCIS training certificate. Both tests have the same format and value, but they differ in interpreting situations and settings. If you do not pass the test, you can apply again and pay the fee to retake the same test or the other one. 

Interpreter Testing
Interpreter Testing

ILSAT (Interpreter Language Skills Assessment Tool) – developed
by Across Languages, London, ON. 

MCIS is an authorized testing centre for remote ILSAT. 

  • Languages covered 
  • Taken remotely and independently using a computer and a Canadian phone number. 
  • Must be taken within 7 days of booking the test. 
  • No need to schedule an appointment. 
  • Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours 
  • Cost: $225 + HST = $254.25 (the same price applies to test retakes) 
  • Results take 4-8 weeks to receive by email (followed by postal mail). 


CILISAT (Community Interpreter Language and Interpreting Skills Assessment Tool) – developed by CISOC, Ottawa, ON.  

MCIS is not currently administering the CILISAT test. If you’re interested in taking the CILISAT test, please contact testing centers.  

Please review our Testing Policies before submitting a booking request.

Book Your ILSAT Test (Payment Enabled)

Skills Development Workshops

  • Do you need help preparing for an interpreter language skills assessment?
  • Do you want to find out if you have the skills required to work as an interpreter?

These language-independent workshops are a great way to identify your interpretation strengths and weaknesses. They will also help you identify your level of preparedness for an interpreter language skills assessment. The group session seats 12-16 people, and it includes basic concepts in sight translation and dialogue interpretation, tips on taking the most popular interpreter language skills assessments available in the industry (ILSAT/CILISAT), and personalized feedback on grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and other aspects of the test.

If you wish to book an ILSAT or CILISAT exam, please click here.

  • Cost (Online, 1 hour minimum): $50.00 + HST
  • Cost (On-Site, 2 hours minimum): $90.00 + HST
  • Format: Online or in-person

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Interpreter Testing


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