Bilingual Testing

Bilingual Testing & Language Proficiency

Finding the right candidate is tough. Finding the right candidate who speaks multiple languages is even tougher.

We can help.

For more than 12 years, our Bilingual Testing Service (BTS) has given our clients the confidence in their team’s language proficiency to get the job done. Our language tests are developed exclusively at TransNation and provide reliable results you can trust when evaluating a candidate’s language proficiency.

Our evaluation ratings are consistent with the Interagency Language Roundtable’s Language proficiency scale.


Types of Language Tests

TransNation currently provides four major categories of testing and our tests are adaptable to meet your specific needs. From emergency personnel to administrative workers, we’ve worked with them all to ensure that we test for the right language skills and vocabulary. Contact us today to discuss your bilingual testing requirements.


Our speaking test evaluates how proficient the candidate is at speaking and understanding the spoken language. We assess these oral communication skills through a series of carefully devised questions. Syntax (grammar), semantics (meaning), and pronunciation are evaluated and scored per our proprietary rating scale. TransNation evaluates a candidate’s ability to communicate effectively, with no relevance placed on his or her place of origin (i.e., vernacular particular to the country of origin).


Our reading test evaluates how well the candidate can read and understand written communications in the given language. We give candidates 5-10 minutes to read a passage before a series of predetermined questions are administered. During this time, they are free to make notes directly on the page. Our focus is on the candidate’s ability to understand the text and glean information from it. The candidate’s responses are evaluated, scored, and defined within the guidelines.


Our writing tests evaluate how proficient the candidate is at writing in the given language. We test for a Source Language Ability (Language-specific) and/or Translation Ability (Translation-specific). Each test is analyzed for syntax, completeness, accuracy, and spelling- including appropriate use of accents. A summary of the total points earned is calculated and the competency level is then assigned.


We test for occupational-specific language competence to determine the candidate’s ability to communicate effectively in a verbal form specific to that candidate’s job. Each candidate’s language ability is evaluated for correct usage, accuracy, and pronunciation. A summary of the total points earned is evaluated and the level is then assigned.


Who Trusts Us for Their Testing?

City of Los Angeles

City of Irving

City of Richardson

City of Rockwall

City of Stephenville

City of Wylie


TransNation’s 3-Step Process:

  1. Assess your needs

If you are relying on an employee’s bilingual language skills for essential communications with your clients, you will want to be assured of his or her language competency. Often, an employer cannot evaluate whether a current or prospective employee has the required language skills. We’ll work with you to make our flexible program fit your needs.

  1. Test the candidate

TransNation tests language aptitude from basic through expert levels. Whether you are hiring a receptionist or a paralegal, you will want to know their level of language expertise.

  1. Evaluate the results

We submit the results in easy-to-read formats so that you can quickly evaluate your candidate’s strengths and weaknesses. Typically we have results back to you within 24 hours.



TransNation can provide bilingual testing in more than 50+ languages. Please contact us to discuss what languages you will need bilingual testing in.


Our Evaluators

Our skilled and experienced evaluators are trained to administer bilingual tests in a completely professional and unbiased manner. Each evaluator is college-educated (or the equivalent in their home country) and has extensive experience working with our assessments.

  • Exceptional Customer Service

    “Thank you for always providing exceptional customer service. You are all an amazing group of professionals that I have thoroughly enjoyed working with throughout the years.”

    -Asusena R., Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

    Diligence & Commitment

    “We really appreciate your diligence and commitment to expediting the translation. I am totally impressed with your service.”

    -Linda M., Holmes Murphy and Associates

  • Doing Things Right

    “We are so blessed to be part of a company that just knows ‘how to do things right.’ The French translation was miles above expectations, and delivered as a complete package as promised … Unbelievable”

    -Judy C., Nerium International

    Local Professionals

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    -Kevin S., Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc.

  • Great Attitude

    “I cannot tell you how much I have appreciated your support; even when we changed the plan. Your quality of work and attitude is exceptional.”

    -Richard B., Samsung

    Quality Under Pressure

    “The quality of your work was outstanding – especially considering the extreme time constraints you were under – and we look forward to working with you on future assignments.”

    -Robin T., Nestlé S.A.

  • Speed When It Matters

    “Thank you! I greatly appreciate the super fast turnaround that you did for us!”

    -Melanie M., Solomon Associates


    “Such a blessing to know that we can definitely count on you and your team! It is so rare to work with folks that are all about service!”

    -Diane H., Unifocus

  • Even Baby Names

    “You guys are lifesavers, and I will name my first child TransNation.”

    -Joe F., Ignite Partnership

Our language translation and localization project managers are ready to work with you one-on-one to ensure your message is understood around the world.

Remote or in-person, our interpretation teams are ready to make sure you’re understood in any language.

Feel confident in knowing your team members are truly proficient in a second (or third) language with our bilingual testing services.

We can subtitle or voiceover your media and eLearning content so your material is accessible anywhere in the world.

We write, edit, and design user-friendly documents to accompany your products anywhere in the world.

We translate, certify, and notarize birth certificates, marriage licenses, transcripts, and many other documents for individuals every day.

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