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Strategies to Prepare for NAATI CCL

NAATI stands for National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters. It is a standards organisation that sets, maintains and promotes high professional standards that issues accreditations for practitioners who wish to work as translators and interpreters in Australia. The Department of Home Affairs rewards ‘five (5) bonus points’ to applicants who pass the NAATI Credentialed Community Language Test.

In other words, migrants who are falling short of points for PR can prepare for and take NAATI CCL and claim their 5 extra points for
Australia permanent residency.

Though the test is relatively easier, test-takers may find it difficult at times to crack the NAATI-CCL. However, the following strategies can make it easier for the test-takers to score best out of their test.

  • Know Where You Can Lose Marks
    The test follows a deductive marking system, meaning the candidate loses marks for every mistake/error. Practice as much as possible and know where you make common mistakes; and avoid them next time. Look out for omissions, grammatical errors, spelling errors, etc.
  • Practice Active Listening
    Don’t just listen; understand it! Understand the context and the background of the conversation. Put yourself in the situation and understand it from a deeper and logical perspective. Your interpretation will play a role greater than you think, for that is what people are going to rely on.
  • Take Essential Notes
    Develop your notetaking skills and try to grab most essential points. Practice using audio clips from TV, YouTube or radio. Identify keywords and be tenacious enough to recall the context.
  • Sharpen Your Memory
    Sharper the memory, better it will be for you. Though you’ll have notes by hand, but your memory will play a greater role. You will be expected to deliver the meaning with accuracy. Cover as many words as possible.
  • Speak Consistently
    Maintaining a consistent speed will help score higher. Avoid speaking too fast or too slow. Avoid pauses.
  • Identify Your Weak Language
    Identify the language you are weak in. Take help of online resources in developing proficiency in the weaker language. Read as much literature as possible from diverse fields like medicine, education, law, finance, housing, business, etc.

Following the aforementioned steps along with adequate amount of practice can certainly help you crack your NAATI Course.