Taking the Test
The instructions for accessing your test will be sent to you by your hiring organization or by ALTA and will generally contain a link for online tests or a phone number and access code.
You should allow about 40 minutes for automated listening and speaking tests, one hour for a reading or writing tests, and 2 hours for a translation test. Live listening/speaking and interpretation tests generally take no more than 30 minutes.
Many of our tests are conducted over the phone or online, and for these tests we recommend that you ensure you have a clear and reliable phone or internet connection in a quiet place ahead of taking the test. Your hiring organization may choose to have a third party supervise the test to ensure the integrity and security of the testing process. In the case of an online proctored test, your proctor will observe the test via webcam.
If you are taking a test on-site at a physical location, please follow the directions provided by your hiring organization.