What is a GoCheck?
One important part of our quality management system is the GoCheck—a tool we use to assess the quality of translations and provide constructive feedback to the translators that helps them grow and improve.
Gengo Reviewers assess translations by reviewing them for errors, marking them according to Gengo's error types classification. The GoCheck system automatically calculates a final quality score from 0.0 to 10.0 for each translation based on its total word count, number of errors, and error severity. (Read more on How does Gengo measure quality.) This screenshot of the GoCheck platform shows the options a reviewer will see when selecting an error type:
In addition to errors, Language Specialists also have the ability to add suggestions that will not deduct any points and are purely for your information and to help you improve your translations.
What does Gengo look for in a translation?
At Gengo, we focus on providing translations with a human voice that sound natural in the target language.
We are aware that different translators have different writing styles, and could translate the same text with different stylistic or phrasing choices, both resulting in translations that sound equally natural to a native speaker. These differences in style or phrasing are not deemed mistakes, as we cannot quantify these aspects objectively or support them a specific grammatical rule.
On the other hand, an unnatural translation containing strange wording or phrasing that objectively sounds "too unnatural" to the ear of a native speaker would be marked as an error.
Gengo uses the concept of “low,” “medium” and “critical” to divide errors based on their severity. This is the most important part of error classification and it is based on how much an error affects the overall translation:
- Low: A small error or inconsistency that has a low impact on the overall translation. This type of error does not significantly change the meaning of the translation. The translation is still usable for its purpose.
- Medium: A noticeable error, including misrepresentation of the source or a clearly ungrammatical rendering of the target. This type of error is serious but the customer can still use the translation.
- Critical: A significant error that changes the meaning of the original text and would require a retranslation to be usable by the customer. Examples include misrepresenting objective facts from the source, mistranslating vital information like a name or location, or omitting entire sections of the source text.
Repeated identical errors* will be marked only once but categorized at a higher severity tier. For example, if the same word or phrase is mistranslated more than once throughout a job, only one of the instances of the error will be marked, but it will be marked with a higher level of severity than if the error had appeared only once. This is to reflect the damage that is caused by the repetition of the error.
*Please be aware that 'identical errors' refers to instances where the same word or phrase from the source text is mistranslated in the same way in the target text. All other errors will be marked and evaluated separately.
There are seven types of errors that our reviewers can mark in the GoCheck system: