HOW ARE TESTS MARKED?
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 accurately transfer meaning between English and the Language other than English (LOTE). Also considered are language quality (both LOTE and English) and language register (the level of formality with which you speak) where this affects the success of meaning transfer.
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.
Errors affecting accuracy will be more heavily penalised. In particular, errors, like distortions, omissions and insertions, affecting the meaning at the sentence or dialogue level will receive larger deductions. It may only take two or three of these significant errors per dialogue for it to be assessed as a fail.
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.
When NAATI issues the result for the CCL test it will be based on the mark achieved:
- PASS: 63 or higher (out of 90)
- MARGINAL FAIL: between 55 and 62.5 (out of 90)
- CLEAR FAIL: less than 55 (out of 90)
In the CCL test, standard examination procedures are followed. Written and verbal instructions are given to applicants before the commencement of each test and it is expected that these will be observed. Any breach of the examination conditions may lead to an applicant being disqualified from the test.
TEST PROPERTY RIGHTS
All NAATI test materials are and remain at all times the property of NAATI. NAATI provides each applicant 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 applicant’s participation. NAATI does not return answer papers or test recordings to applicants, nor does it release copies of test materials.