Increase your chance of cracking NAATI CCL Exam in Hindi by learning most essential tips and tricks.
Nov 17, 2020
8 min read
Are you just starting your preparation for the NAATI CCL test? Perhaps, you have already started but wondering how on earth will you be able to crack the exam. Either way, this blog will guide you with 8 important tips and suggestions that you need to keep in mind when preparing for the NAATI CCL test.
The NAATI CCL exam assesses your language interpretation skills on a communal level and gives you a total of 5 extra points for point-based permanent residency for Australia. It covers a range of different LOTE (Language Other Than English) that you can choose from. The exam tests your language ability in everyday life situations like health, insurance, and housing. For more information about the test, read our blog "What is the NAATI CCL exam in Australia?"
Sometimes, it might be quite intimidating to prepare for an exam. The moment after registering for any exam can be very daunting. I find it very scary especially with so much content available online, I have no idea where to start and how exactly to prepare. The following 8 tips will not only help you prepare for the exam but will also assist you in setting your priorities. So without any further delay let's jump into the 8 tips.
It is extremely important that you choose the right LOTE (Language Other Than English). You have 49 options available and if you know more than one language among them, you need to make a decision that will benefit you the most. It could be possible that a language other than your first language offers you more advantages. Choose a language in which you are the most comfortable to read and write. Select the language you know the best. Select the language you can understand well.
Not only will it provide you a higher chance to get a good score but also boost your confidence.
'The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.' Choosing the right language is your first step in the journey towards your destination of passing the exam.
One important skill that will come in handy during the exam is note-taking. While the dialogue is being played, taking down notes will prevent you from making crucial errors like omission and insertion. Marks will be deducted for these errors.
Take notes in English. Between LOTE and English, using short forms and abbreviations in English will be easier. The goal is to take down notes quickly while the audio is played. Since we majorly use English while texting, the short forms used there will help you. For example, for 'talk to you later', 'ttyl' is used.
Stick to the same technique for making notes, so that you are familiar with the way you create these short forms. Don't experiment with a new way of taking down notes during the exam. It is possible that while you are interpreting and translating, you forget or don't understand what the word was in your notes. Additionally, use neat handwriting and avoid scratching or scribbling as much as you can.
Make sure to write the name of the target language beside the notes for that section. For example, if you are supposed to translate the LOTE into English, write down English beside or above the notes so that you don't translate in the wrong language.
You are free to follow your own way of making notes -as long as you understand what you have written.
Remember, there are no marks for this. It is not mandatory to take this approach but it is definitely recommended.
Don't simply listen to the audio. You need to understand what is being said, interpret it, and then translate. Give your full attention to the recording. The best way to listen actively is by thinking of yourself as a translator or interpreter. Imagine it to be a real-life situation where you are required to translate something for someone.
You can practice this skill by listening to some podcasts, advertisements, or anything you see on TV and then try to translate it yourself. Try to listen to recordings from various situations like a hospital setting, insurance call, conversation between a lawyer and client. Explore areas that are tested in the NAATI CCL exam. This is an excellent way to practice and study indirectly. You won't even feel like you are studying but it will still benefit you greatly.
Another important skill that will come to your aid is a good memory. A sharp memory will help you score better in the NAATI exam. You need to remember the section of the dialogue recording when you are writing down the translation. Not only that, you need to keep in mind what the previous section was and how this section is a continuation of the previous one. During each section of the dialogue, remember the context of the conversation.
You will not be asked to deliver a word to word translation but the overall meaning that each section conveys must be maintained.
There is a famous saying in psychology that 'if you don't use your brain, you lose your brain.' The more we exercise our brain, the more we train it, the sharper it gets. So spend some time honing your memory skills. Do memory sharpening exercises.
Many candidates don't practice writing due to which can lead to spelling errors. In addition to this, the more you write, the better you will be able to calculate the time you need to write each section during the exam. Sometimes we take more time to write in one language than the other. If you are aware of how much time you need for both the languages, you can plan your time effectively such that you finish both the dialogues within the 20 minutes time limit.
So write as much as you can while you are studying.
While writing is important to plan time and avoid spelling errors during the exam, speaking the language will get you used to it quicker. Try to have real-time conversations in both languages. Base those conversation topics on the topics tested in the exam.
You are not required to speak during the test, but this will help you understand the dialogues and get involved with the situation of the dialogue better. It will give you hands-on experience.
Learning vocabulary is very very important. This is a must-do. You need to familiarise yourself with the most probable words from each topic situation. Use flashcards and use these words wherever appropriate in your everyday conversations.
We provide a list of vocabulary for each topic tested in the Naati CCL test on our website. Each word can be viewed in English, Hindi (the LOTE), and also its Hinglish form. These ready-made terminologies can be tested by setting it in either the easy, medium, or difficult mode. This way you can check which level you are in and which area you need more practice in.
Whatever happens, do not forget to practice vocabulary every day. Spend at least 30 minutes per day on it.
Last but not the least, practice the dialogues in exam conditions. Give 20 minutes for 2 dialogues in a row. Alternatively, take 10 minutes per dialogue and a personalized set time for each section within the dialogue. This will help you manage time better during the exam.
Don't use this tip at the beginning of your preparation but only after you have familiarized yourself with the format and have practiced a few dialogues.
While studying for the test remember, that it is okay to make mistakes. Don't lose your confidence or feel down just because you didn't do well in your practice dialogue. Just say to yourself that "I'm not good at this YET." You can always improve if you are determined too.
Effort is the path to mastery.