NAATI CCL is a great way to claim 5 bonus points for your Australian PR application. It is not as difficult as the IELTS or PTE test, however, you still need to prepare well to clear the test. If you need help preparing for the NAATI CCL test then this comprehensive guide is for you. Also check out the FAQ page of the official website of NAATI CCL.
NAATI At A Glance
NAATI Fees (AUD)
NAATI is not a cheap exam by any means. The fees for test is $800 (including GST). You can pay by credit card or direct deposit.
Each dialogue is marked out of a total of 45 points. In order to pass you need to score at least 29 points for each dialogue, and at least 63 out of 90 overall.
As a part of a the points-based PR application candidates who have passed NAATI CCL Test are able to claim five bonus points for Credential Community Language (CCL).
Top Tips for NAATI CCL
Thinking of taking NAATI CCL for 5 bonus points? This comprehensive guide is for you.
Fluency means speaking at a constant pace, without unwanted pauses. Do not sacrifice fluency for the sake of translation. If you don’t know the appropriate word in either of the languages, use the word as it is. Yes, use the word as it is in English or Hindi. This way you would ensure fluency is maintained.
Accuracy and completeness of interpretation are the next two most important factors. Mistakes in these top 3 factors – fluency, accuracy and completeness – have highest penalty. Hence ensure you do not make any mistakes or miss out any important aspects.
Keep practicing as much as you can with as many YouTube, SBS videos you can get hold of. Make sure you record your practice sessions, analyse them critically, identify areas of improvement and ensure mistakes aren’t repeated. Practicing in group or with a friend would help too.
Practice taking short notes rather than writing down the entire sentence. It is practically impossible to write every word while listening to the recording. So the focus should be on writing down short forms and key words and relying on your memory to connect the words to formulate a coherent sentence. Again, practice helps you here. Cm up w ur own shrt cts 🙂
Get Facts Right
Make sure you accurately translate the factual aspects of dialogues such a period (week, date, month, years), lists (list of documents), parts of the body (right/left leg or arm, back, head). Mistakes in this will lead to inaccuracy or incompleteness in interpretation. Hence get them right.
Focus on Stronger Language
Identify the language which is your strongest suit. Make sure you maximise your score in this. For the other language, focus on minimising your mistakes. If your strength is Hindi to English translation, try to ensure that you make minimal mistakes, if not zero in these sentences. Use your “dialogue repeats" for your stronger language to avoid losing any marks.
Familiarise yourself with the common topics. This will ensure you are comfortable with the words associated with a topic. Remember that only about 30% words would be specific to that topic. Rest all will be common or generic words and are most likely to be present in almost all dialogues. Make sure you get these correct.
Using English Words
Don’t attempt to translate every word. Some words are too difficult to translate. For these, just use the English word in your translation. For example “Ticket" “Phone" “Internet" etc. Similarly some words can be skipped instead of being translated. For example the English phrase “I wonder". If you don't know the right translation, you are better off not translating to ensure that fluency remains intact.
Create your own word list in a spreadsheet and revise it often. Start reading at least 1-2 articles in your LOTE (eg. Hindi, Punjabi) everyday. Even watching Youtube/SBS videos helps. Keep adding new words to your word list everyday when you come across any uncommon words. Categorise them into topics if possible. Soon you will have a master list of words on various topics.
Frequently Asked Questions About NAATI
To ask the examiner to repeat the dialogue, just say “Please Repeat" before the next segment starts. You can take 1 repeat per dialogue.
There is no mention of number of corrections. Candidates have taken 5-6 corrections per dialogue and have still scored ~70. However, try to keep corrections down to a minimum.
Also if you wish to take the correction option, be sure to practice that by saying “I want to make a correction". Some candidates just raise their hand hoping to get noticed only for the examiner to move on to the next section.
Yes, NAATI CCL is now delivered online via Microsoft Teams. You can take it from your home using a computer. Just make sure that you have a good Internet connection.
On the NAATI website, there are a lot of certifications like translator, interpreter and different levels within that. Choose NAATI CCL if you would like to claim 5 points for migration purpose. “Credentialed Community Language (CCL) Testing"
NAATI CCL test dates are in high demand so it is best to book as early as possible. You will see random dates until the time your profile is approved by NAATI. Once it is approved, you will be able to see recent dates.
How much time should I allot for preparing for NAATI considering I can understand and can speak my LOTE (Hindi).
NAATI is not a very difficult exam like IELTS or PTE. Most candidates clear it in their first attempt with 15 days of practice.
No invigilator can be from various backgrounds but most are Australians. You will know who your invigilator will be when you receive the invitation. Your invitation email will be sent under your invigilator's name.
Stories From The Frontline
Tips from candidates who have taken NAATI CCL
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Good luck to you with the NAATI CCL exam as well as with your journey to becoming a permanent resident and citizen of Australia.
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