CCL Testing

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

An individual who has passed a CCL test is not certified to work as an interpreter or translator.

**Applications for Credentialed Community Language (CCL) testing have been temporarily closed until early May 2018**

NAATI CCL testing will be available in the following cities:

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

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




















































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

In 2018, NAATI will run CCL tests in the following weeks:

  • 14-18 May 2018
  • 18-22 June 2018
  • 13-17 August 2018
  • 22-26 October 2018
  • 3-7 December 2018

Eligible applicants will be advised by email if a test place has been offered to them.

Applications to sit a CCL Test must be submitted online via the NAATI website. Individuals will also need to attach a passport photograph and a scan of an appropriate identity document (e.g. passport) to apply.

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).

The dialogues used within the test will reflect real-life domains which typically form part of daily life in Australian society. This may include health, legal, community, immigration/settlement, education, social services, financial, housing, business, employment, insurance or consumer affairs situations.

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.

Click here to read the Instructions for CCL Test Candidates

Click here to download practice materials.

At least two trained examiners mark CCL tests independently. The CCL test comprises two dialogues and each dialogue is marked by the examiner using a deductive marking system.

CCL test candidates will primarily be marked on their ability to accurately transfer meaning between English and the Language other than English (LOTE). Also considered are language quality (both LOTE and English) and language register (the level of formality with which you speak) where this affects the success of meaning transfer.

Examiners consider the types of error present in the candidate’s performance and the impact of those errors in determining the deductions they will make.

Errors affecting accuracy will be more heavily penalised. In particular, errors, like distortions, omissions and insertions, affecting the meaning at the sentence or dialogue level will receive larger deductions. It may only take two or three of these significant errors per dialogue for it to be assessed as a fail.

The opinion of each examiner is taken into account in determining whether the candidate is successful. In situations where the examiners disagree about the performance of the candidate additional examiners will be involved in determining the final result.

Each dialogue receives a mark out of 45. In order to pass a candidate needs to score at least 29 out of 45 for each dialogue and score at least 63 out of 90 overall.

When NAATI issues the result for the CCL test it will be based on the mark achieved:

  • PASS: 63 or higher (out of 90)
  • MARGINAL FAIL: between 55 and 62.5 (out of 90)
  • CLEAR FAIL: less than 55 (out of 90)

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.

  • Click here to read the CCL Test Policies.
  • Click here to read the CCL Language Policies
  • Click here to learn how NAATI will verify your identity when you take your 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.

Yes. All you need to do is 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.

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Still have questions or are unsure? Email info@naati.com.au.