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What Is The Marking Criteria For The NAATI CCL Test?

  • Posted By CCL Tutorials CCL Tips / December 18, 2018

Cracking the NAATI CCL Test is an easy way to get 5 points for your Australia PR application. CCL takes lot less effort when compared to other English language proficiency tests.

Unfortunately, a lot of aspirants miss out on taking the NAATI CCL test, because they are not too aware of it.

We have been sharing tips, tricks and strategies through the many posts in this blog.

In this post, we will talk about the marking criteria of the NAATI CCL test.

The NAATI CCL test has two dialogues. One is in English, and the other is in LOTE or ‘Language Other Than English’.

Each dialogue is of 45 marks, and the complete examination is of 90 marks. To pass the test, a candidate requires at least 29 marks in each dialogue and a total score of 63 out of 90.


The result for the CCL Test will read as:

PASS: If the total score is 63 or higher (marks out of 90)

MARGINAL FAIL: If the total score is between 55 and 62.5 (marks out of 90)

CLEAR FAIL: If the total score is less than 55 (marks out of 90)

Let us understand this with the help of three scenarios:

Scenario 1:

23 in Dialogue 1, 41 in Dialogue 2

An interesting scenario. The test-taker has passed Dialogue 2 and the total score is above 63 (23+41=64).

So, the result is CLEAR FAIL, as the candidate hasn’t crossed 29 in Dialogue 1.

Scenario 2:

29 in Dialogue 1, 29 in Dialogue 2

Here, the test-taker has passed in both the dialogues. But, the total pass marks is 63 and the test-taker’s score is 58 (29+29).

So, the result is MARGINAL FAIL.

Scenario 3:

32 in Dialogue 1, 31 in Dialogue 2

Here, the test-taker has passed the individual dialogues. The total score is 63.

So, the result is PASS. Now, more about the format of the test.

What are the two dialogues?

"Dialogue” is jargon for recordings of conversations between two people. One is a native English speaker, and the other is a native LOTE speaker.

The dialogues are real-life scenarios drawn from the Australian society's social life.

For example: A conversation between a patient and a clerk at the dentist's office.

How to prepare for NAATI CCL?

The first step is to choose the right LOTE. When selecting the right language as LOTE, go for a language that you have excellent command over. If it is a choice between two languages you know, always go for the one that you are better at, even if by a little.

Practice with Australian radio/television/podcasts. Read literature about the Australian society. Make the best use of free NAATI CCL practice resources.

You could download the CCL Tutorials Mobile App, and get plenty of practice with free mock tests.

The mock tests have answers, so you can review your preparation as well.

But, if you are looking for expert help to crack the test, you could sign up for NAATI CCL Online Coaching.

Get coached by our NAATI accredited trainer and crack the test, with proper guidance from day 1.

Score 5 bonus points for your Australia PR application.


Best of luck!

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