Admission Information


Who Can Apply?

Prospective students must successfully pass a screening test of Spanish and English (monolingual and bi-lingual knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, word usage and reading comprehension. A formal college degree is not required. A pass in the screening test qualifies you to register for the first class, ML790A. During that first quarter (not before it) you can complete a formal admission process, by submitting an application form and either: official college transcripts indicating 54 quarter (36 semester) units of coursework; or else, two letters of recommendation indicating practical bilingual experience in the workplace.

Program Cost

The cost per course is $1,200, making the total program cost $4,800. Textbooks are extra and average about $40 per quarter.

Screening Test Registration

2015 Bilingual Screening Test dates are:

August 6, 2016

Time: All Bilingual Screening Tests are on Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Cal State LA campus at Salazar Hall. Click here to download a campus map. (Note: the Salazar Hall room number for your orientation date will be communicated via email in response to your registration.)
The Bilingual Screening Test qualifies candidates for both the Legal Interpretation and Translation Certificate Program (LIT) and the Medical Interpreting Certificate Program (MIP), but does not involve technical vocabulary from either field. The target competency is academic but general; the purpose is to gauge bilingual literacy accumulated over a lifetime, not command of any technical or linguistic niche.  The test covers monolingual and bidirectional bilingual competencies (i.e., English only, Spanish only, English to Spanish and Spanish to English) in vocabulary, grammar, word usage and reading comprehension. The format for the test is 100 multiple choice questions.

RSVP:  Test candidates must pre-register no later than 12 noon on the Friday before the day of the test. To register, call (323) 343-4900 and request registration for the LIT/MIP Bilingual Screening Test.  The Salazar Hall room number for your test date will be communicated via email after registration has closed.


Apply To The Program

Please download the application to apply.