CCL Testing

NAATI is making changes to the application process which will commence in early July. To support this, some applications have been temporarily suspended. This includes applications for Credentialed Community Language (CCL).

Our new application process will give greater assurance to CCL candidates, allowing you to self-select your test dates on payment. We are also making improvements on how we process your application, introducing a more streamlined service.   

If you applied before 21 May 2019, your application is being processed. You will receive an email soon.

If you have confirmed your test date, this test date will remain unchanged. You do not need to take any action.

If you have a CCL application with NAATI which has already been approved, you will be contacted over the next few weeks and offered a test date for this year.

New dates for CCL tests will be available on our website soon.  

Information for CCL candidates

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’). Click here for our CCL FAQ page.

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

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 will need to travel to Australia to sit a test. 

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.



















































Currently, CCL test sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • 17-21 June 2019

Outside of the dates above, NAATI may open up additional test sessions based upon demand. Only individuals who have submitted an application will be able to see additional dates.

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

You will be able to see a preview of the next available test places for your language and location when you fill out an application. In any case, due to high demand an overwhelming majority of 2019 test sessions are now full. 

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

We are currently making improvements to the NAATI test applications. CCL applications have been temporarily suspended. They will re-open early July 2019.

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

After filling out your personal details and attaching your application documents, you will be asked to nominate a payment method: 

  • If you are making payment by Credit Card, your payment will be processed by NAATI immediately online. 
  • If you are making payment by another method (e.g. Bank deposit), NAATI will email you an invoice after you submit your application. All invoices need to be paid within 7 days otherwise NAATI reserves the right to cancel your application. 

After your payment has been successfully processed by NAATI, we will need to assess your application. 

If NAATI confirms that you are eligible to sit a CCL test, you will be emailed instructions to select a test session.

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.

NAATI is aware that a number of institutions and/or training organisations are running courses claiming to be preparation courses for the NAATI CCL test. While NAATI encourages 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 such training do not have unique information about the test. 

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, standard of expression, style and register; and
  • give the sense of what is said by the speakers and demonstrate accurate comprehension and production in both English and the LOTE.

CCL tests are conducted from a recording which is played to you by a testing officer. Your responses are then 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 situations within 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 convey the sense 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.

You will need to listen to the recorded test played by the testing officer. A chime will indicate the end of each segment. You should wait until you hear the chime before providing your response in the other language.

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

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

Click here to read the Instructions for CCL Test Candidates. 


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 communicate effectively in English and the Language other than English (LOTE). Language quality (both LOTE and English) is considered and the candidate must also reflect the elements of register and style in the original.

Candidates should demonstrate full comprehension, and language production should conform to the accepted norms of the language.

Marks will be deducted for errors in the above elements (this includes grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and register,)

Comprehension is tested indirectly through an assessment of content and utterances in the other language and the quality of language utilised.

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.

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.

CCL results are valid for three years from the date of issue. 

You would need to re-sit and pass another CCL test if your result expires and you need to use it. 

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

All NAATI 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 upon the conclusion of the test. NAATI does not return answer papers or test recordings to applicants, nor does it release copies of test materials.

Yes. If you are awarded a NAATI certification can claim CCL points without sitting any additional testing.

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

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.

Click here for our CCL FAQ page.

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