Credentialed Community Language (CCL) Test

The Credentialed Community Language Test, known as the CCL Test, is an assessment of your language abilities at a community level.

NAATI is known for testing and certifying interpreters and translators, and is the standards authority in language testing. Passing the CCL test is verified confirmation of your community language skills, in both English and another language. 

As part of certain points-based visa applications made to the Australian Department of Home Affairs, individuals who pass the NAATI Credentialed Community Language Test can claim Credentialed Community Language (CCL) points. These are sometimes referred to as the ‘five bonus points’.

BEWARE OF SCAMS! NAATI understands that the CCL test can be incredibly important for candidates and it can sometimes be difficult to get a test date. We have recently introduced thousands of additional test places up until 30 June 2020 to help address availability issues for candidates. NAATI does not have any association or business relationship with anyone claiming to be able to provide actual test materials or access to dates. These are scams that are looking to take your money for no guaranteed results. We are not aware of any way for anyone other than NAATI to guarantee you a test place, and if we do find evidence of candidates or businesses manipulating our testing system we will void all tests affected with candidates losing their test fee and being banned from any future tests. Please report any suspicious claims to info@naati.com.au.

The NAATI CCL test is not intended to be a professional credential. If you pass the CCL test, you are not certified to work as an interpreter or a translator.   

Our new application process, released on 1 July 2019, gives greater certainty for test applicants, allowing you to secure your test date on payment of your fee. 

Information for CCL candidates

Please read the information below before you submit an application

NAATI CCL testing will be available in the following cities:

  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Hobart
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Sydney

NAATI does not offer CCL testing in overseas locations. You need to travel to Australia to sit a test. 

The table below provides details of the languages that NAATI offers CCL testing in. You can apply at any time to sit a test in these languages.

The CCL Language Policy  is a language usage policy that gives transparency about languages which are spoken with different variations around the world. For example French in France or Canada, Portuguese in Portugal or Brazil. The second part of the CCL language policy outlines instance when English words might be acceptable in the test language.

NOTE: Languages available for testing can change. This list was accurate at the time of publication.



















































Credentialed Community Language (CCL) Tests are run regularly throughout the year. When you apply to sit your test, you'll be able to see the tests available. 

Sign in to your myNAATI account to view upcoming test dates. When you fill out an application, you will be able to see the next available test places for your language and location. 

Outside of the dates listed in myNAATI, we may open up more test sessions based on demand.

In some languages there is extremely high demand for CCL test places. This means there may be several months (eg. 6-8) between submitting your application and sitting a test. 

Due to high demand, most CCL test sessions for 2019 are now full. 

Apply to sit your Credentialed Community Language (CCL) Test through our application and test website, myNAATI.

Register your details and create a myNAATI account

You will need to upload two documents to verify your identity. Get them ready before you apply.    

  1. A colour passport-sized photograph of yourself. 
  2. A scan (in colour) of an your identity document. This could be your passport or Australian driver's license.

There is more information about photos, identity and other documents in preparing application evidence

After you have applied to sit your test and your application has been approved, you will receive an email inviting you to select a test date.

Log into myNAATI and select your test. You will need to pay for your test before your test date can be confirmed. Payment can be made by credit card or direct deposit.

If there no tests in your language, we will contact you when more are available. We regularly monitor demand for testing and will schedule additional tests when necessary.

The cost of a CCL test is $800 (including GST).

View the Terms and Conditions, including the Cancellation Policy.

NAATI has created some free preparation materials that can be downloaded from here.

We do not offer or endorse any kind of CCL preparation courses or workshops.

We are aware that some institutions and training organisations are offering courses claiming to be preparation for the NAATI CCL test. While we encourage training and preparation for any language related test, we do not formally endorse any such courses and nor do we intend to. NAATI sets the CCL test and is the authority which issues the CCL result. Candidates should be aware that organisations offering training do not have unique information about the test. 

To pass the Credentialed Community Language (CCL) Test, candidates must show they are able to:

  1. Participate effectively in a situation where simple information is exchanged between two people; one person who speaks only English and another person who speaks only the test language. 
  2. Give the sense of what is said by each of the speakers and demonstrate accurate comprehension.  
  3. Convey this information in both English and the test language that can be understood by the test examiners using normal pronunciation, expression, register and style.* 

* Register or style means that you can demonstrate that you understand the context or setting. For example speech could be formal, informal, conversational, or casual. Register refers to vocabulary chosen in a particular situation, style includes variations of grammar.   

During your CCL test, an audio recording is played to you by a test officer. The recording will include two dialogues. Each dialogue is based on a conversation between an English-speaker and a person speaking the Language Other Than English (known as the LOTE).   

The dialogues used will reflect real-life situations in Australian society. The topics may include: 

  • health
  • legal
  • community
  • immigration and settlement
  • education
  • social services
  • finance
  • housing
  • business
  • employment
  • insurance or
  • consumer affairs

In the test, you are required to convey the sense of what is said by each speaker into the other language (i.e. English into LOTE and LOTE into English). Your responses are recorded. 

Each dialogue is approximately 300 words, with about 50% of the dialogue in English and the rest in the test language. The dialogues are divided into segments of 35 words or less.

A chime will indicate when each short segment ends. You should wait until you hear the chime before giving your response in the other language. Your response should begin within 5 seconds of the chime.

The test officer will pause the recording at each chime and allow you to complete your response. The test officer will restart the recording and play the next segment only when you have finished.

The dialogues are designed to assess your ability to understand both languages and communicate in them.

A 20 minutes maximum test time will apply for tests sat from January 2020.

Read the Instructions for CCL Test Candidates. 

In the CCL test, standard examination procedures are followed. Written and verbal instructions will be given before you begin your test. We expect you to follow the directions of the test officers. Any breach of the examination conditions may lead to disqualification from the test.

All test materials are and remain at all times the property of NAATI. NAATI provides each candidate with test materials for the sole purpose of taking the test, and on the condition that the materials are returned immediately when the test finishes. NAATI does not return answer papers or test recordings to candidates, nor release copies of test materials to anyone.

NAATI will issue your results (via email) within 8-10 weeks of the test date.

This is the time needed to ensure your test is fairly marked. We will not respond to requests for test results within the 10-week period after you sat your test.

Results are issued as they are received from examiners and checked. In practice this means that some candidates may receive their results sooner than 10 weeks. Don’t be concerned if someone who sat the test on the same day as you, receives their results before you. This happens because the tests are allocated to the examiners randomly.

Your Credentialed Community Language (CCL) test will be independently marked by a minimum of two examiners.   

They will assess you on your ability to communicate effectively in both English and your language. They will evaluate you on your Language Quality. This is how you demonstrate your ability to speak and be understood in both languages, and your comprehension of the test material. 

Marks will be deducted for errors. Examiners consider the types of errors in your performance and how these impact on your overall communication. You should use both languages in a way that is commonly accepted. You should also pay attention to register and style.* 

Types of errors include grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and register. 

Each examiner awards your results individually. In situations where the examiners disagree about the performance of a candidate, additional examiners will assess your test to help determine your final result.

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.

* Register and style means to demonstrate that you understand the context or setting. For example, speech could formal, informal, conversational, or casual. Register refers to vocabulary chosen in a particular situation, style includes variations of grammar.

Credentialed Community Language (CCL) test results are valid for three years from the date of issue. 

After your test has expired, you cannot use it to claim CCL points.  

Yes. If you are awarded a NAATI certification you can claim Credentialed Community Language (CCL) points without sitting another test. 

However, if you are awarded Recognised Practising Interpreter or Recognised Practising Translator you cannot claim CCL points.

To claim your CCL points, you need to provide a copy of your official credentialing letter with your visa application.

If you need to download a new copy of your letter, you will need to login to myNAATI.

Still have questions or unsure about CCL testing? The answer may be on our frequently asked questions (FAQs) page, or email us at info@naati.com.au.