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UniversalLanguage Testing Program mirrors DSHS Language Testing and Certification Program by providing both the Medical Certified and Medical Authorized Test. They are different test from DSHS but testing the same principals and using the same metrics in their test that will lead to credentialing through DSHS Language Testing and Certification Program.

UniversalLanguage Testing Program will be remote and on demand. Candidates will be able to register through the website. Prior to registration all Washington State interpreters must create a DSHS LTC profile in Gateway. To ensure credentials are granted upon passing both tests to be a DSHS certified or authorized interpreter. There is an option for onsite testing if/when needed by the testing candidate. It will be offered in several parts of the state based on demand. You may contact us at langaugetesting@ulsonline.net for a conversation on the reasons and how we can assist you.  However, we encourage the testing candidate to use our remote setting for a faster and more efficient testing process.

Test TypeCost of TestLanguages
Written Authorized Medical Interpreter Test$119.00All non-certifiable languages (i.e., Arabic, Swahili, Japanese, etc.)
Written Certified Medical Interpreter Test$119.00Chinese – Cantonese, Chinese – Mandarin, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese
Oral Authorized Medical Interpreter Test$128.00All non-certifiable languages (i.e., Arabic, Swahili, Japanese, etc.)
Oral Certified Medical Interpreter Test$128.00Chinese – Cantonese, Chinese – Mandarin, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese

Creating a DSHS LTC Gateway Profile

  • All testing candidates with UniversalLanguage Service must create a profile with DSHS LTC Gateway.
  • The testing candidate must visit the DSHS LTC website and create their profile.
  • The UniversalLanguage Service registration process will not allow you to finalize registration without a gateway I.D number.
  • The testing candidate will also need a gateway profile for requesting their DSHS certified or authorized credentials.
  • All candidates must follow the link provided for Secure Access Washington (SAW) for profile creation. It will then take you to DSHS LTC Gateway t create profile for credentialing reciprocity.
  • Setup your Gateway Account: SAW Account/Profile Set Up


    *This Must Be Completed Before You can Register for Testing. Candidate ID Number is Required.


    Proctored & On Demand Testing

    The UniversalLanguage Testing Program will be administered on-demand and remote. The test can be taken 24/7 every day of the year, thus demanding the company to partner with Cirrus and ProctorU for test administration and proctoring. Proctoring will maintain the integrity of the test and will ensure no recording, sharing, or cheating occurs during testing and post-testing. The candidate will be able to sit for the test at the date and time they select at registration. Testing and proctoring is 24/7 and doesn’t matter in what time zone the candidate is located in. To learn more about ProctorU (used by CCHI for their national certification) and Cirrus please click on the links below.

    Testing Partners:

    UniversalLanguage Test Information

    • Certified Languages: Chinese – Cantonese, Chinese – Mandarin, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
    • Screened Languages (DSHS): All non-certified languages – speakers of these languages receive authorization rather than certification but credentials are functionally the same.
    • Language Specific Assessment: At registration interpreter will auto select the language for which they need an assessment. This will allow the interpreter to present a language assessment to any organization requiring validation of skill.
  • Tests Offered

    • Medical Interpreter Certified: requires passing both oral and written tests.
    • Authorized Medical: requires passing both oral and written test.
  • Additional Testing Information

    • Candidate Test Registration Policy: Open
    • Test Day Reminders: Open
    • Oral Test Tips: Open
    • Written Test Tips: Open
    • UniversalLangauge Oral Certified Test: Open
    • UnversalLanguage Oral Authorized Medical Test: Open
    • UnversalLanguage Written Certified Medical Test: Open
    • UnversalLanguage Written Authorized Test: Open
    • UniversalLanguage Testing Resources: Open
  • All certifications and authorizations, DSHS requires two hours of medical or social service orientation and two hours of ethics training.

    UniversalLanguage Service will apply the same the exemption DSHS has in place for Certified Medical Interpreter and Social Service Interpreter. For multiple screened languages (DSHS), only one written test is needed for all languages in each category (medical) provided that the written is passed within two years of the oral test.

    UniversalLanguage Service will follow the exemption DSHS has in place for Certified Medical Interpreter and Social Service Interpreter. For Chinese-Cantonese and Chinese-Mandarin interpreters, only one written test is needed for both certificates in each category (medical) provided that the written is passed within two years of the oral test.

    Please read the Registration Policies prior to scheduling a test.