NAATI has opened applications for Credentialed Community Language (CCL) testing.

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Good News: NAATI has opened applications for Credentialed Community Language (CCL) testing.


CCL candidates must be able to:
• participate effectively in exchanges where relatively simple information is exchanged without any great deviation from the norms of pronunciation, with reasonable accuracy, standard of expression, style and register; and
• give the sense of what is said by the speakers and demonstrate good quality language in both English and the LOTE.
CCL tests are conducted from a recording which is played to the candidate by a testing officer. The candidate’s responses are recorded for marking. The recording will include two dialogues. Each test dialogue is based on a conversation between an English speaker and a speaker of your LOTE (Language other than English).
In the test, you are required to transfer the meaning of what is said by each speaker into the other language (i.e. English into LOTE and LOTE into English). Each dialogue is approximately 300 words, approximately half in English and half in LOTE. These are divided into segments that do not exceed 35 words each.
The candidate will be played the recorded test by the testing officer. A chime will indicate the end of each segment. Candidates should wait until they hear the chime before providing their response in the other language.
The testing officer will pause the test recording at each chime and allow the candidate to complete their response to the segment. The testing officer will restart the recording and play the next segment only when the candidate has finished.
The dialogues are designed to assess the candidate’s ability to serve as a channel of communication between two persons who do not speak the same language.


CCL tests are marked independently by at least two trained examiners. Each examiner will consider whether any significant distortions of meaning, omissions or insertions are present. Clarity of language and register are also considered, particularly where this impacts on the effectiveness of meaning transfer. The opinion of each examiner is taken into account in determining whether the candidate is successful.


In the CCL test, standard examination procedures are followed. Written and verbal instructions are given to applicants before the commencement of each test and it is expected that these will be observed. Any breach of the examination conditions may lead to an applicant being disqualified from the test.


All NAATI test materials are and remain at all times the property of NAATI. NAATI provides each applicant with test materials for the sole purpose of taking the test, and on the condition that the materials are returned immediately upon the conclusion of the applicant’s participation. NAATI does not return answer papers or test recordings to applicants, nor does it release copies of test materials.

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