Arcos Institute
Pillars for effective cross-linguistic communication


Lifelong learning for medical interpreters, educational interpreters, social service interpreters, court interpreters... and other community interpreters! *Pre-approved CE Credits*

WA DSHS Written Test Preparation (ON DEMAND)

WA DSHS Written Test Preparation (ON DEMAND)

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Planning on taking the DSHS certification or screening test? Test-taking can be nerve-wracking, especially if you’re not accustomed to the approach to standardized testing used in the U.S.

This 4-hour workshop will help you know what to expect with the following four DSHS interpreter testing processes:

  • The Medical Interpreter certification exams, written and oral

  • The Medical Interpreter screening exams, written and oral

  • The Social Service Interpreter certification exams, written and oral

  • The Social Service Interpreter screening exams, written and oral.


This training addresses the general content of each test, as well as how to manage the testing methodologies. You’ll learn how to approach a standardized test, how to figure out a multiple choice question, and how to study effectively. We will also complete and go over a sample test. After this workshop, you will have the tools to go to your testing appointment as cool as a cucumber, ready to pass with flying colors!


This class is offered on demand. If you are interested in it, we need to hear from you! Please fill out the form below to let us know about your needs. We will keep you posted about upcoming classes. Feel free to also specify your preferred times and dates. It is very helpful for us to know!



Cindy Roat, MPH, is a trainer of interpreters, educators and healthcare providers, and a consultant to healthcare facilities, helping them improve their language access services. An internationally renowned trailblazer in the healthcare interpreting field, Cindy is a founding member and past Co-chair of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care, a founding member of the Washington State Coalition on Language Access (WASCLA), and a former board member of the Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society (NOTIS), where she organizes and teaches workshops for healthcare interpreters. Cindy is widely recognized as an engaging public speaker and assiduous advocate for limited-English-proficient populations.


South Seattle College (West Seattle Campus) - 6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106

Free parking available on the street. On campus parking with a permit.