Court Interpreting Master Class for All Languages

Are you an interpreter struggling to level up your skills? Join us in September 2024 for ten weeks of intensive interpreting study to prepare for professional success and certification. For more information, watch info-session. 

Live Classes

Live instructor-led courses will be complemented with individual and group study. You will receive guidance on reaching expert levels of proficiency for all three modes of interpreting.

Holistic environment

You will also prepare for the mental challenge of managing the difficult and stressful interpretation exam in a collaborative, supportive environment, using proven breathing, confidence-building and self-care techniques.

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Instructor interaction

Our objective is to guide you on your journey. Your instructor will facilitate productive feedback sessions between you and your peers. Your questions and challenges will be addressed with the group on your class forum and during the classes themselves. Additionally, while you are practicing in class, you will take turns receiving feedback. Finally, you will be given the opportunity to select a portion of your mock exam to submit for detailed, individualized feedback.

Our Master Class is a dream turned reality, the product of many hours of hard work with Athena of Athena Sky Interpreting and Virginia Valencia of Interpretrain. Our hope is to provide you with the tools we didn’t have when we were studying for certification. 

During this course we will:

  • Begin with the basic building blocks of interpreting: Attentive listening, critical analysis, and an intensive immersion in note-taking skills (a portion of the test and an area where interpreters tend to struggle the most)
  • Systematically work our way through many of Interpretrain’s State Court Interpreting Oral Exam Training Program (45 study labs adapted from real courtroom proceedings)
  • Create vocabulary glossaries and practice with terminology drills  to master highly specialized court vocabulary
  • Interpret simultaneous practices, progressively increasing speed and accuracy
  • Gradually tackle longer chunks of speech in the Consecutive Mode
  • Sight translate real court documents while learning the most effective method to markedly increase your accuracy in this mode
  • Meet with other legal interpreters, giving each other feedback in class and in smaller group study sessions
  • Build your own archive of language-specific practices
  • Facilitate detailed self-evaluations of each practice, providing you a numerical score
  • Cover vital test-taking tips and holistic methods to manage your stress, so you can shine under the most difficult test conditions
  • Issue a completion certificate to everyone who successfully finishes the course.

Class Schedule: Current Course in Progress. Future dates TBD.

Dates: Sep 11 – Nov 20th, 2023, 8pm-10pm EST

Mondays: Live instructor-led classes (Sep 11-Nov 20)*

Tuesdays: Solo study 

Wednesdays: Live classes (Sep 13 and 20)/Solo study* (Sep 25-Nov 20)

Thursdays: Solo study/Study hall “pods”*

*Break from live classes: October 23rd

At your discretion: Whenever you have individual or group study time, you are welcome to go by a different schedule. You should budget for a minimum of three 2-hour sessions a week outside of class.

Online Campus

Live Online Classes

Held through Zoom.

Recording link given within 48 hours of each class.

Online Platform

Access all materials, including vocabulary practice and the forum, through our exclusive online platform! Access to your account will be given upon registration. Your account will be valid for one year after registration so you can review the materials even after the class has concluded.

Interpretrain’s Mobile App

You will be given free access to Interpretrain’s Mobile App! This innovative tool will allow you to:

Study using a single device. Simplify your training by interpreting directly on our App, using our dual-channel play & record technology

Keep your interpretations in one place. Save and organize all your interpreting practices on our Interpreter Training Cloud

Objectively assess your performance. Evaluate your interpretation with our patent-pending testing-technology and get an actual numerical score

Track your progress. Generate and store your performance certificates on our Interpreter Training Cloud

Facilitate peer feedback. Email or text your interpreting practice codes to a study buddy who also has the App

Pick up where you left off. Eliminate the guesswork by bookmarking your practices to access them immediately during your next session

Program your study sessions and increase your commitment. Generate automated study reminders to improve your engagement

Study even without an internet connection. Download our training practices for offline use  

Study hall pods

A third of the way into the course, you will be assigned to your online study “pod” based on your language and experience. You and your classmates will group together, creating glossaries and language-specific study materials when possible.  Your pod will also be your team, giving you crucial feedback, offering moral support and holding you accountable. You will meet weekly for practice sessions and feedback. The invaluable comradery provided by your study pod will play a leading role on your path to success!


Interpretrain’s 3-Step Method™ and Why It Will Work for You

Included in your tuition
When you pay your tuition for the Court Interpreting Master Class, you are paying for instructor time and a curated, detailed lesson plan that will guide you step by step on your journey. As a bonus, students are given a full year of access to Interpretrain’s State Oral Exam Training Program which includes their new note-taking training material. (If you already own these materials, do not worry–you are still getting an incredible value for what you are buying.)

Perfect for test preparation
State court interpreter oral exams require you to perform several complex mental processes very quickly, with a high degree of accuracy, and all at the same time.
With Interpretrain’s 3-Step Method™, you will master each of these tasks separately, and then learn how to successfully execute them simultaneously.

Learn to expect the unexpected
The state oral exam is ultimately a test not of vocabulary or particular topics, but of skill. To that end, your course has been created to be a skills-building journey, with particular emphasis on technique, vocabulary, and holistic mindset. Not every exercise will resemble the test, but that is purposeful–many students fail because they do not realize that studying for the exam is like studying for a marathon. You need warm-ups, cardio, strength-training…the works. That said, we do believe that familiarity with the exam format is important, and there will be exercises that closely resemble the test itself in order for you to experience it firsthand.

Keep up the training even after class has ended
Once you complete the course, you will still have a plethora of study materials at your disposal in order to apply what you have learned through continued individual and group studies. By then you’ll have the toolbox. It’ll be up to you to use the tools! 



Athena Matilsky

Lead Instructor

  • Federally Certified Court Interpreter (ES-EN)
  • State Approved Court Interpreter (FR-EN)
  • Certified Healthcare Interpreter (ES-EN)
  • Master’s in Conference Interpreting


Athena holds a BA in Spanish interpreting and translation from Rutgers University and a Master’s in Conference Interpreting from Glendon College, York University. In the past decade, she has worked as a freelance interpreter and staff interpreter for the NJ judiciary. She owns Athena Sky Interpreting and trains candidates for the state and federal interpreting exams. When she is not teaching and interpreting, you may find her practicing Acroyoga or studying French.

Virginia Valencia

Materials Mastermind

  • Federally Certified Court Interpreter (ES-EN)
  • CA, NY, and NJ State Approved Court Interpreter (ES-EN)
  • Professional Psychologist
  • Published Author of Interpreter Training Materials
  • Over 20 years of teaching experience


Virginia became an interpreter in 2003 and has worked in the fields of legal, medical, and conference interpretation. She holds a Combined Certificate in Translation and Interpretation Studies (Hunter College, 2004). In 2012, Virginia and her husband, Brad Wilk, founded Interpretrain. She currently lives in California, where she teaches, develops new materials, and works as an interpreter.

Program Details


Your path toward success begins with your application. This is a three step process:

  1. Application
  2. Interview
  3. Registration

If you are a dedicated student who will commit to following our rigorous training schedule, you’ll be selected for an interview. Once you have demonstrated that you would be a good fit for our program, you will be invited to register!

Note: Registration for our Fall 2023 course is CLOSED. You may apply below to be considered for Fall 2024. 


Once you have been accepted into the program, you will be invited to post your tuition in order to confirm your seat in the class.

Master Class Tuition: TBA

Code of Conduct

As a Master Class student, you will be expected to:

  • Attend online classes, or review the recordings the week they are posted (Missed classes allowed for emergencies only)
  • Complete  solo assignments on time
  • Meet with your pod to complete team assignments
  • Treat instructor and fellow classmates with dignity and respect in oral and written communications

If you do not comply with the code of conduct, Athena Sky Interpreting reserves the right to relinquish your seat in the program without a refund.

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