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Ability Areas

Learn about the most important abilities for Interpreters and Translators. Also, find out how proficient you have to be in each ability.

Importance*More Info
1.Speech Recognition88
2.Oral Expression84
3.Written Comprehension78
Oral Comprehension78
5.Speech Clarity75
6.Information Ordering66
Written Expression66
8.Auditory Attention62
Hearing Sensitivity62
Near Vision62
* Importance out of 100

Score Key
  Importance for success in this profession
  Level of proficiency needed

Ability Area Scores

Speech Recognition
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Recognize the voice of a coworkerIdentify a former customer's voice over the telephoneUnderstand a speech presented by someone with a strange accent
Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cancel newspaper delivery by phoneGive instructions to a lost motoristExplain advanced principles of genetics to college freshmen
Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Understand signs on the highwayUnderstand an apartment leaseUnderstand an instruction book on repairing missile guidance systems
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Understand a television commercialUnderstand a coach's oral instructions for a sportUnderstand a lecture on advanced physics
Speech Clarity
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Call numbers in a bingo gameMake announcements over the loudspeaker at a sports eventGive a lecture to a large audience
Information Ordering
The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Put things in numerical orderFollow the correct steps to make changeAssemble a nuclear warhead
Written Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Write a note to remind someone to take food out of the freezerWrite a job recommendation for a subordinateWrite an advanced economics textbook
Auditory Attention
The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
Listen to a lecture while people nearby are talkingListen for your flight announcement at a busy airportListen to instructions from a coworker in a noisy saw mill
Hearing Sensitivity
The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Notice when a watch alarm goes offDiagnose what's wrong with a car engine from its soundTune an orchestra
Near Vision
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Read dials on the dashboard of a carRead the fine print of a legal documentDetect minor defects in a diamond