Do you get restless when you think about those five additional PR points as well as the format of the NAATI CCL Test? As part of the NAATI Community Language Test, the candidate will be able to express the meaning of a conversation in English to a LOTE (Language Other Than English) and vice versa. Upon passing the CCL test, a candidate is awarded five bonus points, otherwise known as Credentialed Community Language points, which are one of the requirements for obtaining a visa for Australia.
This is a very practical test, just as you would expect it to be. In this exercise, you are able to demonstrate that you can fluently and accurately respond to the information you hear, demonstrating fluency and accuracy in LOTE. Additionally, it gives you the opportunity to showcase both your English and LOTE writing skills at the same time!
In order to take the NAATI CCL test, a testing officer will play a recording for the test taker to listen to, interpret, and translate as they please. In this recording, two dialogues are presented to the test taker. This is an audio recording of one of the dialogues exchanged between a native English-speaking individual and a native LOTE-speaking individual. For the purpose of marking, candidates are required to record their responses.
There are approximately 300 words in each of the dialogues, with nearly half of the dialogues written in English and half in LOTE. Each individual dialogue is then divided into several segments. Every segment can have up to 35 words. For the test, the duration is limited to no more than 30 minutes.
Since December 2020, NAATI has announced that all NAATI CCL exams will be conducted online. This means that people residing in Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Dubai, UAE, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, and Pakistan can take the test online to obtain NAATI CCL certification.
During the dialogues, the students will be exposed to real-life situations that are prevalent in Australian society. These tests aim at testing whether a candidate has the ability to comprehend both languages and communicate in one or both of them. Subjects covered may include:
- Consumer affairs
- Social services