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Desperate to clear NAATI CCL Test but thinking of your capabilities? Read this motivational blog to understand the difficulty level of the test.
Nov 19, 2020
6 min read
As Robert Collier said, "Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." Without the hard work you choose to put in, it will be impossible to pass any exam. Keeping this in mind, let's dive into this blog to discuss whether the NAATI CCL exam is as difficult as some deem it to be.
I have always been one to believe that no matter how difficult a test is, one's passion, dedication and most importantly their will to succeed are major factors to achieve success. However, let me assure you that the NAATI CCL test is as difficult as you want it to be. What I mean by that is if you don't have an effective plan and strategy for studying, the test will be difficult. Whereas, you will find it easy if you do plan, practice, and have perseverance. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
NAATI CCL tests your language skills and measures your ability to speak and interpret the languages on a more communal level. In order to pass the NAATI CCL test, you need a minimum of 29 marks in each dialogue and a total score of 63 or more to be finished within a time frame of about 20 minutes. It may not seem like a big deal, but to claim the 5 points as yours for permanent residency in Australia, you need to take it seriously, just like an important final exam in school or college.
The element that makes this exam easier is that you have the freedom to choose the LOTE (Language Other Than English). The 49 language options include most of the major languages due to which you are not forced to pick a language that you barely know. Additionally, the topics in which your language skills are tested are everyday-life situations like health, insurance, housing, and so on. This means that you would have most likely come across these situations in your life and who knows might have even had similar conversations too!
The NAATI CCL tests you for mainly language interpretation. However, two additional skills that come into use during the exam is your note-taking and memorizing ability. Many people spend time practicing the dialogues and vocabulary but don't practice under test conditions. During each section, while the audio is playing, taking notes will help.
In addition to this, we sometimes include many English words while speaking in our native language and while doing so, we don't even realize. Hence, many times the candidates transcribe the English word as it is into the LOTE. Spend time revising vocabulary for each of the topics covered in the Naati CCL test.
Another reason why some say that NAATI CCL is difficult is because the exam is relatively new and was first taken only in January 2018. Consequently, there are fewer resources and teachers available online.
Like I mentioned in the very beginning, small efforts put in every day is what will help you achieve your goal. The more you practice, the better you get. You cannot expect to pass the test with a good score if you start studying for it only 2 to 3 days prior to the test. Let's say, for instance, you want to learn how to cook. You can go online, watch a couple of YouTube videos and learn some recipes overnight. The next day, when you try to make a certain dish yourself, you may know what step to do next, but you will lack the skills to do so. For example, you know you have to cut carrots, but you may not exactly know the accurate knife techniques to do so.
Similarly, you may learn a couple of dialogues by heart but the likelihood of those appearing in the exam is little to none. However, these dialogues give practice and practice makes perfect.
Whether you have another 2 months or 1 month left till the exam day, use every single day preciously. If you have 2 months, maybe practicing 1 or 2 hours each day is sufficient and if you have less time, increase the number of hours.
I recommend practicing dialogues for at least 1 hour and vocabulary for at least half an hour each day. You can alter it based on your requirements but do spend some time on vocabulary every day too.
In the end, it depends on how confident you are. There are individual differences among everyone. Some may find Naati difficult since they are not very familiar with either of the two or both languages, whereas some may find the CCL test much simpler. You need to figure out which category you fall into and then make an appropriate plan and strategy. Identify your strengths and weaknesses and work on them. Use your time wisely.
"If you want to be more productive, you need to become the master of your minutes" Those who spent their time effectively, have excelled in the NAATI CCL test and got a score above 75. Now is important.
We provide a tonne of dialogues in form of video tutorials and a list of vocabulary for each topic tested in the Naati CCL test like legal, housing, and community affairs. Each word can be viewed in English, Hindi, and also its Hinglish form. These ready-made terminologies can be tested by setting it in either the easy, medium, or difficult mode. Giving you the confidence you need for the Naati CCL exam is our priority.
Do remember that in the end, no matter how many resources you have, if you don't push yourself to use them and practice every single day, your chances of passing with a good score will dim. Even if you have another 2 weeks left, don't let it go waste. You can still achieve it with your determination and hard work. All you need to do is practice. Keep in mind that the NAATI CCL test is as difficult as you want it to be.
"Dreams don't work unless you do."