If you have ambitions of moving to Australia in the future, completing the NAATI CCL is the perfect way to earn yourself an extra five points for your Australia Permanent Residency Application, which can explain why this test is so popular with people with aspirations of moving there. It is not difficult to understand why. As compared to other exams offered by NAATI, the CCL Test is relatively easier to pass. The test takes about 20 minutes to complete, but the extra five points it offers can be of extraordinary value to the student. You will have to prepare in advance for this test. You will learn the strategies you need to prepare when reading this article.
Learning new things is a challenging process, and mastering your knowledge is more difficult than you might think. To succeed, you’ll have to be dedicated and determined. The study of this subject can be challenging because not only do you need to study the subject but you also need to learn the English language. In order to pass NAATI’s tests, you need to understand how certain words or terms that are used by people mean and then how to apply them to the language that is being required by the organization… But this isn’t as bad as it sounds!
There are several strategies that you can do to help yourself prepare for these tests so you can master your knowledge quickly, easily, and simply!
● Find out where you might lose marks
Knowing where you can lose marks is essential to know how to get them. Generally, not being able to understand the examiner or using correct language are good places to start thinking about! So make sure that when you’re practicing your interpreting skills that you can listen properly and then speak in a way that anyone will be able to understand. This comes with practice, but don’t worry! There are lots of ways to do this without too much stress because you’ll soon learn the best ways to study for it!
● Engage in active listening
This means concentrating really hard on what’s happening in front of you so you know what’s going on and therefore know exactly what each word means when it’s given back. There are different ways to practice active listening, so it’s important when doing one that you use the right strategy. For example, if you’re practicing active listening in front of a mirror, make sure your teacher is looking at you while they speak so you know what they mean when they say things like ‘interpreters should settle their own costs’.
● Improve Your Memory
If there’s anything worse than not being able to understand the examiner in NAATI exams, it’s forgetting an interpreter cost! There are lots of ways to sharpen your memory. Firstly, learn vocabulary in groups rather than individually because this will help you remember vocabulary more quickly and easily. Secondly, don’t take notes verbatim (in English) during NAATI exams! Just write keywords that you can use to jog your memory when you’re using the language. And finally, don’t study for too long at a time because this can make it much harder to take everything in when it comes to the exam.
● Put more emphasis on stronger language
There are lots of different terms or vocabulary which you need in order to pass each test in NAATI. Which means learning all of them is quite difficult. Therefore it’s important when studying not to focus on weaker language (e.g., ‘he/she was driving’). It’s also important to know what specific words mean so if there are any things you don’t understand. Look them up and learn about them during your studies so they become part of your vocabulary.
● Before interpreting, wait for the chime
It might be obvious, but it’s true! NAATI examiners use chimes to let you know when to start interpreting so if they don’t come, you won’t get any marks. Make sure you practice this skill so it becomes part of your routine and will become automatic when the time comes during an actual NAATI test.
● Consistently communicate
This means that you should always speak in a way that’s easily understood by anyone listening rather than speaking quickly or slowly in different ways every time it’s given back. One way to do this is by having both English note-takers with you who can check everything before giving it back to the examiner so you always speak in a way that is easily understood.
● Focus on the right things
In NAATI exams, there’s often lots of distraction going on so it’s good to know how to focus. One thing that’ll help you do this is by using strategies such as note-taking or having verbal summaries being given back at the end of each section which will mean you’re not just concentrating on one part and keep all your focus for the whole test. This means that when it comes to giving back answers, you won’t have too much difficulty because everything will be fresh in your mind.
The NAATI tests are very similar to their European counterparts in that they are administered in the same manner. The only difference is that these tests are administered in English.