NAATI CCL Exam Tips from a High Achiever
Today I will explain you how I was able to gain the highest score in the 2018 NAATI Exam English-Nepali. From my experience of preparing for the NAATI exam for about 3 months and practising over 100 dialogues and thousands of vocabularies, I’ve gathered, tested and applied some extremely useful tips. And today I am going to share my valuable knowledge to all NAATI CCL aspirers out there for free. So please stay tuned!
NAATI CCL Tip #1. Always take notes in English
If the dialogue that we hear is in English, then obviously we’ll take notes in English as well. However, if it is in LOTE (Language Other Than English, for example Nepali), then still take notes in English. The reason is pretty simple. Generally we tend to write faster in English than in Nepali. We all can agree that writing and/or typing in Nepali is a bit slower as there are too many characters and modifications as well. When it comes to note taking, we do not write a full sentence or a full word. We only write few letters, for example ‘msg’ for message, ‘popn’ for population, and so on. This method of writing an incomplete word for note taking can prove to be very difficult with Nepali words.
If you don’t believe me, you can see it for yourself. Download our free audio sample file or go to our YouTube channel and practise note-taking in both languages. You’ll then realise that it’s much easier to take notes in English regardless of the dialogue-language. However, while taking notes in the exam, if the English word for any Nepali word does not strike immediately, then simply write down that word in Nepali. You might memorise the translation of that word later on.
NAATI CCL Tip #2. Neat, clear and well-spaced handwriting
This is a problem for most of the students. We tend to write a lot faster while taking notes as we do not want to miss any content, which is completely fine. But what if later while interpreting you’re unable to understand more than half of what you’ve written. What do you do then? We start to become diffluent and lose our confidence and even forget the whole context that we managed to memorise before, and might end up getting only 1 out 5 for that particular section.
Therefore, write only keywords so you don’t have to write a lot, and maintain at least readable handwriting. Remember! Note-taking is extremely important in the NAATI CCL examination, especially if you get a lot of figures, definitions and statistics in the exam.
We teach you how to take notes in our online class.
NAATI CCL Tip #3. Create your own abbreviations and 'shortcuts'
Most of dialogues in the NAATI CCL exam start with a greeting. For example, ‘Hello Mr. Sharma. How are you today’, ‘Nice to see you. How have you been?’, ‘Good morning’, ‘Good evening’, and so on. Make a list of abbreviations for these words/phrases so that you can save time in the exam while taking notes. You can access our list of abbreviations here or go to our YouTube channel.
NAATI CCL Tip #4. Do not start interpreting immediately
After each segment, you hear chime (a sound indicator), which is an indication that you can start speaking (interpreting). But take about 3-5 seconds (not more than 5 s) before interpreting. Moreover, quickly run through the gist for that specific segment in 3-5 seconds and then only start interpreting. If you can grasp the gist of the section, then you can still manage to covney the overall meaning, which is more important than trying to interpret word by word with plenty of pauses.
NAATI CCL Tip #5. Practice as many dialogues as you can
Practice makes perfect!
Practise as many dialogues as you can. Remember that the secret to success lies in repeating over and again. It’s not that we’re learning the language or words for the first time; we just need to develop a habit of using Nepali words everytime we speak, especially in everyday topics. Therefore, plenty of practice is required, both in exam-topics and everyday topics. You’ll find all the different types of topics asked in the examination in our online course.
NAATI CCL Tip #6 Compile a List of Vocabualry
There are certain words that are most frequently used in exam-topics, such as health, legal and immigration. Some examples are file, document, doctor, patient, record, hospital, clinic, GP, solicitor, court order, immigration, visa, fine, penalty, jury, application, lodge, submit, criteria, and so on.
Compile a list of vocabualry that you come across while practicing or listening to BBC Nepali Sewa, and revise this list frequently eventhough you know the words. Alternatively, you can get access up to 2000 words vocabulary list in our online course.
You can view a sample of vocabualry English- Nepali in our free course.
NAATI CCL Tip #7. Write down the target language to avoid confusion
In the heat of the exam, candidates occasionally forget the target language as note-taking is always done in English. For example, a candidate hears a segment in Nepali and takes notes in English as it is convenient. After the audio stops, he/she might interpret it back to English instead of Nepali ( becasue notes are taken in English). To avoid this confusion, simply write 2E (interpret to English) on top of your notes if you hear the segment in Nepali and vice-versa.
NAATI CCL Tip #8. Do not forget to take repetitions
One repetition is allowed per dialogue with no penalty. Even though this is a golden opportunity, students tend to forget to ask for repetitions because of the exam pressure. So make sure to write ‘take repetition’ somewhere on the note-taking paper so that you don’t forget to ask for that free repetition per dialogue. Any additional request for repetition incur penalties. I suggest limiting your repetitions to 1-3 per dialogue, not more than that.
NAATI CCL Tip #9. Do not forget to rephrase
Sometimes we tend to start a sentence with a wrong word or a phrase. The sentence formation in English and Nepali language is not the same. So, if you interpret word by word, then somewhere down the line you will realise that you started the exact opposite way. If this happens, there is no need to lose you cool. Wherever you feel the need to rephrase, just say I’d like to rephrase the last sentence please, and re-interpret that part. Most likely you will not lose marks if you executed that correctly.
If you finished reading all of the seven tips, then I’m pretty sure that you are a very determined person willing to pass the NAATI exam in one go. I hope you found it useful. If you’re interested to find out more about NAATI CCL Nepali, then go to our YouTube channel.
NAATI CCL is a language interpreting exam. It involves the two languages that we know already. Therefore, there is no need to go to physical class and pay hefty fees. All you need is some exam tips and techniques, and some dialogues (audio and transcript) along with vocabulary list to practise with. Practise for a month or two and you’re good to go.
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