Please ensure you provide/update your language(s) of Intent when registering for any California Court ​Interpreter exam.

The oral proficiency exam measures the ability of an individual to communicate in the language being tested. The exam is given by a live, trained, and certified American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) interviewer over a secure telephone connection. Your exam will be recorded by the ACTFL interviewer so that it can later be rated. Register and schedule your exam at one time by calling 888-226-9406option 2 between 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. (Pacific time), Monday through Friday.


Bilingual staffs who work at the state courts can take the Oral Proficiency Exam to assess their proficiency in Spanish plus 69 other languages.

A list of available Oral Proficiency Exam (OPE) languages is shown below

NOTE:Candidates pursuing registered status in one of the languages for which OPE is not available still must take and pass the Written and the English OPE. Please note: Exams are subject to availability.


Afrikaans Akan-Twi Albanian Amharic *Arabic *Armenian Azerbaijani
Baluchi Bengali Bosnian Bulgarian Burmese Cambodian (*Khmer) *Cantonese
Cebuano Czech Dari Dutch English French Georgian
German Greek (Modern) Gujarati Haitian Creole Hausa Hebrew Hindi
Hmong/Mong Hungarian Igbo Ilocano Indonesian Italian *Japanese
Kashmiri *Korean Kurdish Lao Malay Malayalam *Mandarin
Nepali Pashto Persian Farsi Polish *Portuguese *Punjabi Romanian
*Russian Serbian-Croatian Sinhalese Slovak Somali *Spanish Swahili
*Tagalog Tajik Tamil Tausug Telugu Thai Tigrinya
Turkish Turkmen Urdu Uzbek *Vietnamese Wolof Wu and Yoruba
*This language is a certified language for certified court interpreters in California. If bilingual staff would like to be a court interpreter in this language, they will be required to take the BIE. For more information, see Certified Court Interpreters. 


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