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10 Most Common Errors in NAATI CCL Exam

Get to know the 10 most common errors of a NAATI CCL Exam aspirant like omitting, inserting and distorting information, lacking accuracy, etc.

Nov 18, 2020


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10 common errors to avoid in the NAATI CCL test

So, you are giving the NAATI CCL exam. You could either be reading this before starting any preparation, during the preparation, or even a day before the exam. No worries when you are reading this but the fact that you are here now shows that you are determined to succeed and that my friend is the most important tool you need in your toolbox for success.

Mistakes. We all make them. But not all of us learn from them. Ever heard of that? While I agree with the saying, it is also important to realise that sometimes you can't afford to make mistakes. Especially those mistakes that you have control over. Errors have cost life and in this case, the below-mentioned errors, if committed during the test, can cost you marks. Marks that are important for your 5 PR points. Make mistakes, but make as many while you are practicing. Make mistakes while you are studying so you don't repeat them during the exam.

So, without wasting any more precious time, let's dive into the 10 errors you MUST avoid in the NAATI CCL exam.

1. Omitting information

Sometimes during the examination, the stress you experience can cause you to miss out on certain words or phrases. These words can be important and provide the actual context to the dialogue. In such cases, the marker will deduct marks. I recommend that you practice some dialogues in exam conditions. The more you practice, the better are your chances of avoiding these mistakes in the exam.

2. Inserting information

While omitting information is a common error, many candidates also often include extra information. That means adding information that is not originally there in the given dialogue. This could further alter the intended meaning and will result in the deduction of marks. Be sure to enhance your note-taking skills.

3. Distorting information

Another error that should be avoided is altering the meaning of the dialogue. This is usually seen when candidates confuse themselves between two words that could be similar sounding or have similar spellings but are not the same. For example, 'principle' and 'principal'. Just one letter can change its meaning. Additionally, sometimes candidates may use words with meanings not known with certainty. There is a high chance the word does not fit with the context of the dialogue.

The only way to prevent this error is the practice of vocabulary. Also, make sure to use only those words that you are 100 percent sure of. Don't experiment in the test!

4. Lacking accuracy

This is an obvious error but is still important. Lacking accuracy refers to when the candidate is not sure of the section in the dialogue or the dialogue as a whole. Candidates committing this error may not understand the context and dialogue due to which the interpretation itself is wrong.

Sometimes the candidate may not hear a particular section and use guesswork, also leading to incorrect interpretation and translation.

5. Too literal interpretation of information

The test does not require you to translate every single word of the LOTE or English. You need to understand the overall meaning of the dialogue section and connect what you are translating to the original context.

Sometimes words have a metaphorical meaning, which would be lost if you try to translate each word. So, look for the intended meaning of the dialogue as a whole.

The whole is more than the sum of its parts.

6. Excessive focus on note-taking

I know that in the previous points I have referred to the importance of note-taking, however, during the examination you cannot afford to spend more than the required time for this. Note-taking is not compulsory but recommended if memorising information quickly is your weakness.

Don't spend time writing down the entire section of the dialogue word to word, and letter by letter. Instead write down notes in a concise way by using symbols, acronyms, and shortened forms of the words. For example, 'u' in place of 'you'.

Naati CCL tests you for overall understanding and effective communication of the meaning. This usually uses skills like comprehension and memory power.

7. Grammatical errors

You need to ensure that you follow all the rules of grammar for both the language. Don't change the tense. If the sentence is in the present tense, use the present tense in the translation. If it is written in past tense, use past tense. Put focus on word order, syntax, singular-plural forms, word cluster, and verb choice. Examiners will observe these errors and deduct marks.

8. Not maintaining language register

Language register is the level of formality used in terms of tone of voice and word choice. Different contexts will incorporate different types of registers like formal, informal, or even semi-formal. If it is a conversation with the school principal, a formal register should be used. Know the setting and context. Using the appropriate register will show the examiner that you have understood the situation.

9. Not asking for repetition and rephrasing

A common misconception about the Naati CCL test is that each section of the dialogue can be played only once. You can ask for 1 repetition per dialogue without penalty. If you have missed out on certain words or sentences, you can note it down and then ask for a repetition in the end. However, don't ask for too many repetitions as it will deduct your marks.

Most of the time a repetition can help overcome other errors like lacking accuracy, omission, and insertion. It can also help to understand the overall meaning more efficiently. Use this only if you really need it as it can cause you to exceed the time limit.

10. Exceeding time limit

Last but not the least, keep in mind that you need to work on speed. Don't spend too much time on what you don't know, you can always come back to it if you have more time. Focus on finishing both the dialogues in the 20 minutes time limit. If you fail to complete it in the time frame, you will be given zero which will most likely lead to 'fail'.

So, use your time efficiently instead of taking excessive long pauses for what you don't know. Like mentioned in the above point: too many repetitions will cost you time and eventually marks.

Make sure to keep these points in mind while you are revising as well as during writing the test. These will help you avoid unnecessary deduction of marks. However, the most important thing you need to get a good score in the NAATI CCL test is confidence. To score the desired marks, you need to first believe you can. So, before you begin the test, repeat the mantra "I can do it".

Believe you can do it, and half of your job is done.

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