Why do we test you?
Here at Bureau, we're looking for people who can actually write. We're not looking for literal translations - that's what we have our Machine Translation tools for. We want to be moved by what you write, and we want you to enjoy the challenge of turning a source text into a beautiful translation for your audience to enjoy.
You may have 25 years experience as a linguist, but your style may not be what we are looking for. So, even with a lot of experience behind your belt, you may fail the first test you take. Don't despair, below are some tips on how to ace your test.
Who reviews the tests?
Our reviewers also started as translators at Bureau, and have earned their reviewer tag by delivering quality translations for years. They are well aware of our style, and are committed to growing our community with linguists who already fit well or at least show promise to grow.
Our reviewers get the same reward for approving or failing tests, and are absolutely impartial. For Bureau, since we pay the same reward for approving or failing, we'd much rather have people succeed than fail! So, rest assured that none of us is 'out to fail you'.
Depending on your language pair it may take a few hours to a few months to review your test.
How to ace your test
Other than of course keeping to your native language's grammar, punctuation and style, keep the following in mind while you take your test:
- Convey the exact meaning of the source text without losing its poetry
- Translate the sayings and idioms into those fitting your native language
- The result should look and feel like it was originally written in your native language
- You have to finish within the time limit of 60 minutes. Incomplete tests are an auto-fail, so only start the test when you have enough time to complete it.
Should you still fail, try and hone the above by practicing until you can take your next test which is 15 days after you receive your test result.
Taking your test
If you're registering on the platform for the first time, please click here and fill out your personal information to sign up.
If you have already registered on the platform, you will have to sign in to take or retake your test. Please click here to sign in.
Please note that as long as your test has not been approved, you won't be able to log into our platform at https://bureau.works
After your test has been approved, you can further update all information in your profile and start working!
If you can't find answers to your questions in these articles, please contact us at [email protected]