Language Analysts

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Use your language skills in lots of ways.

Join a significant team of language analysts.

The threats we face come in a variety of languages. So our language analysts use their expert skills every day. As a member of our team, you’ll use your deep knowledge of specific languages to piece together snippets of information collected from a variety of digital communication sources. In the process, you’ll give us invaluable insights into what’s happening, where and when, across the world.

Typically, we recruit people who are fluent in, or native speakers or have degree-level knowledge of Arabic, Persian, Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, Mirpuri, Pashto, Punjabi, Russian, Urdu and West African languages. If you are a graduate with a 2:1 degree in two European languages, there are opportunities to retrain in a rare language. Our requirements regularly change so please keep an eye on this website.

If you’re a final year undergraduate in Arabic, Mandarin, Persian or Russian and looking to develop you language skills please click here to find out more about our Summer Language Talent Programme.


We have designed some practice materials to enable you to assess your suitability for a Language Analyst role at GCHQ. You’ll use your judgement, language skills and cultural knowledge to decide between those calls that are important and those calls that are not, and transcribe your findings in clear and succinct written English to help further investigations.

These practice materials do not reflect the full complexity of the challenges offered by our Language Analyst roles but they are indicative of the type of skills successful candidates should be comfortable using on a routine basis. If you are able to understand and complete these practice materials you may be suitable for a Language Analyst role at GCHQ.


Listen to the audio clip below and try to answer some questions on the information presented by the speaker.

Listen to the Russian audio clip

Russian questions

Russian answers


Read the below article and try to answer the questions.

Read the Arabic article

Arabic questions

Arabic answers

Arabic article - English translation


Read the below article and try to translate into English.

Read the Persian text

Read the English translation

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