Questionmark’s new Instant Translate tool makes tests more inclusive

John Kleeman, Founder of Questionmark

Some 20% of the US population speak a language other than English at home. When they need to take a vital workplace assessment in their second language, they can be at a distinct disadvantage. Questionmark, the online assessment provider, has launched a new “Instant Translate” tool that will make crucial tests and exams more inclusive and accessible.

How does Instant Translate work?

“Instant Translate by Questionmark” operates through machine translation. It allows test-takers to highlight any text they want to see in their chosen language and generate an instantaneous translation on their screen. It’s a useful tool for fully translating a question, or simply double-checking a test-taker’s understanding of a particular word or phrase.

It is helpful for those people taking a test in their non-native language. Recently, the new tool won the IT Certification Council’s (ITCC) Innovation Award. The ITCC Innovation Award recognizes innovations in testing, processes, or service, within the IT certification industry.

John Kleeman, Founder of Questionmark, said: “People who work in their second language are highly-skilled in their non-native language. But we would be naïve to think that they were not sometimes at a disadvantage when comprehending some of the quirks of language that can slip into assessment questions. Enabling test-takers to translate a question in order to sense check their understanding is a useful way of making assessments more accessible.”

“Not only is this more inclusive of a wider range of candidates but it allows test-makers to ensure they are assessing subject matter knowledge – not just familiarity with the language.”

What are the benefits of using Instant Translate?

Instant Translate from Questionmark offers several benefits to clients and test-takers alike:

  • Fast and interactive: all translations happen on-screen and in-context instantly
  • Fair and inclusive: helps candidates in their non-native language with the ability to succeed
  • Supports growth: supports firms in delivering their assessments to new markets
  • Reduces test-taker anxiety: supports candidates so as to focus on the subject matter
  • Cost-effective: a cost-effective option that places the power into test-takers’ hands
  • Wide-reaching: has the ability to translate 22 target languages
  • Highly flexible: gives test-takers the choice to turn the tool on and off per assessment

For more information, including all the languages available for instant translations, visit