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What is the NAATI Credentialed Community Language (CCL) test?

What is the NAATI Credentialed Community Language (CCL) test?

The Credentialed Community Language (CCL) test assesses your language abilities at a community level through the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters or NAATI, the only certifying authority for translators and interpreters in Australia.

This test is generally taken by applicants who need to get immigration community language points for points-based visa applications.

These language points are also called the Credentialed Community Language points.

Test passers are awarded five points toward student visas, the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189), Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190), or Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).

Applicants should confirm with the Department of Home Affairs or a migration agent regarding their acceptance at the time of application.

NAATI does not set or administer immigration policy and the information provided here is general in nature.

The CCL test is not a professional certification. Test passers are not automatically certified to work as an interpreter or a translator.


NAATI CCL tests are delivered online, Monday to Friday.

The test consists of two dialogue recordings. Each dialogue represents a conversation between a native English Speaker and a native Language Other Than English (LOTE) speaker.

Each dialogue is approximately 300 words, with about half in English and half in the LOTE. The dialogues are divided into segments of 35 words or less.

Further information can be found through the Candidate Instructions.

As CCL tests are online, candidates overseas can sit the test. All tests are run on Canberra time.


The test comprises of two dialogues; each worth 45 marks. In order to pass the test, a candidate requires at least 29 marks in each dialogue and an overall score of 63 out of 90.

The result for the CCL test will be given as:

  • Pass: 63 or higher (marks out of 90)
  • Marginal Fail: between 58 and 62.5 (marks out of 90)
  • Clear Fail: less than 58 (marks out of 90)

In situations where a candidate achieves 23 out of 45 in Dialogue 1, 41 out of 45 in Dialogue 2 and an Overall Score of 64 out of 90, the result given will be CLEAR FAIL as the candidate hasn’t achieved required score in Dialogue 1 (i.e. 29).

Results are sent via email within 4-6 weeks of the test date and are valid for three years from the date of issue.

Clear Fail results are unable to apply for a review of their test due to the statistical improbability of the result being overturned.


Read Preparing Application Evidence and make sure you have everything needed before starting your application.

To apply, you will need to register in their customer portal, myNAATI and lodge your application via your myNAATI account.

Once we’ve processed your application, which can take up to seven business days, you will receive an email stating the outcome.

If successful you’ll be able to make payment and select a test date.

For the complete guide, make sure to visit the official Credentialed Community Language (CCL) – NAATI website.

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The information provided is for general use only and should NOT be taken as Migration Advice. For information about your circumstances, please contact Milestone Migration for immigration assistance.

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