Prerequisite Exam

Cost: $50.00 plus tax per Exam

[To register and pay for these exams, you must sign up
to receive notices and attend the mandatory information session.]

Who must write prerequisite exams:

  • Members of the public wishing to become certified in their profession
  • ATIO Professionals who wish to expand their professional qualifications
  • Certified Affiliates who wish to join ATIO

Only attendees of the mandatory information session will receive the package containing documents to review before they register for the prerequisite exams on the form provided.

Only Information Session attendees are eligible to register for the prerequisite exams.

Click here for more details on our application process, to learn more about the admission criteria, and to sign up to receive notices when registration opens for the information session.

The Code of Ethics exam and Reading Comprehension Exams are 60 minutes long, and the Grammar Exam is 90 minutes long. Registrants writing two exams should plan to be occupied from 9:00 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. provided that no problems arise during each session.


  • The path to certification for professions and language combinations are individual and treated separately.
  • Registering for the information session does not make registrants eligible to register for the prerequisite exams. Attendance is mandatory.
  • Anyone wishing to join ATIO must pass the ATIO Code of Ethics Exam. Code of Ethics exams are unique to each member society.
  • Only Certified Affiliates are exempt from writing the Language Proficiency Exams.
  • Registrants are limited to writing two exams on the same day.
  • Registrants are encouraged to review ATIO’s eligibility requirements for admission to the association before registering for the exams.
  • Registrants must be Canadian Citizens or have permanent resident status and be living in Canada at the time they submit their application.
  • Prerequisite exams are required for each language combination and profession for which the registrant intends to apply.
  • Exam fees will not be refunded.
  • Webinars will run in the weeks preceding the exams. The language webinars are intended as a refresher regarding grammar rules, practice, and native language interference. The Code of Ethics webinar focuses on ATIO’s Bylaws.

Exam Format

  • Code of Ethics Exam: An open-book exam which consists of multiple-choice questions and a case study in a long answer question format
  • Reading Comprehension Exam (from English into Other Language): Multiple-choice questions.
  • Reading Comprehension Exam (Interpreters): Multiple-choice questions.
  • Grammar/Editing Exam: A three-part exam consisting of short passage editing, multiple-choice, and long passage editing.


  • Code of Ethics Exam: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. / Reporting Time: 9:15 a.m.
  • Reading Comprehension Exam: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. / Reporting Time: 12:15 p.m.
  • Grammar and Editing Exam: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. / Reporting Time: 12:15 p.m.


  • Registrants must attend the mandatory technology session and practise test one week prior to the exams.
  • Registrants will receive one email for each exam for which they’ve registered.
  • Registrants must click Start Test at the reporting time, usually 45 minutes before the exam begins. The link will become invalid 15-minutes before the commencement of the exam.
  • Registrants must appear with valid Canadian government-issued photo identification with address (Canadian Driver’s License, Canadian Health card, Canadian Passport, etc).
  • Registrants must have a paper copy of the ATIO Bylaws and Code of Ethics to use for the Code of Ethics Exam.
  • The use of any electronic device during the examination is strictly prohibited. Electronic devices include, but are not limited to, cell phones, BlackBerries®, iPods®, and tablet computers.  Any such use will lead to your disqualification; the examination will not be marked, and the fee will not be refunded.

Please also note

  • Prerequisite exams are only available online.
  • Attending the preparatory webinars before the exams is highly beneficial.


  • To ensure anonymity, exams will be identified only by a number.
  • It takes approximately twelve (12) weeks for registrants to receive their exam results by email.
  • A passing mark is 75% for the Code of Ethics Exam and 70% for the Language Proficiency Exam (pass/fail mark).
  • Pass results are valid for a maximum of two years. Exams must be retaken should other admission criteria not be met within that time.
  • Code of Ethics results are valid indefinitely only if all admission criteria are met within two years of passing the prerequisite exam.
  • Registrants who do not score at least 75% for the Code of Ethics Exam and 70% for the Language Proficiency Exam can re-take one or both exams when they are next offered. Attending the information session is mandatory.
  • There is no appeal process for prerequisite exams.
  • Registrants who pass both prerequisite exams will be invited to apply in the language combination for which they wrote the exams.
  • Only approved applicants in translation will be invited to write the Entrance Exam in the language combination for which they wrote the prerequisite exams. Learn more about the entrance exam here.
  • Registrants wishing to apply in more than one language combination do not need to retake the Code of Ethics exam once the admission process is complete the first time.
  • The fees associated with this exam will not be reimbursed.

Only Information Session attendees are eligible to register for the prerequisite exams.

Prerequisite Exam Schedule


February 8, 2024February 24, 2024March 27, 2024April 13, 2024April 20, 2024
August 8, 2024August 24, 2024September 26, 2024October 12, 2024October 19, 2024
Only Information Session attendees are eligible to register for the prerequisite exams.