WARNING: Overconfidence can have detrimental effects.


Yes I am  and I am from the Philippines. We came here with
my family as immigrant last July 26 last year. So, we’re only 1year 3months in
Canada. I’ve taken IELTS,CLB but not yet of CELBAN. The last time I took the
Ielts was last feb here in Canada. It was too bad because I got a score of 6. I took
also one in the Phil last June 2011 before we came here in Canada and I got OBS of
6.5 which is higher than the recent one. Is CLBPT and CLB the same? Yes, I took
already twice of CLB. The first time I had it was last Sept.17,2011 wherein I had
scores of 6,7,7,8 (listening, speaking, reading, writing). The second one was in
VCC where my scores were 6,7,8,7. G

Dear G,
I really appreciate you telling me your history and your scores. It really gives me a good idea of where you are. Scores on exams are often like that, actually decreasing over time. The good news is that the CELBAN is much easier than the IELTS, and that your scores are relatively high, if you are getting 7’s and 8’s. There is great reason to home. But I need to caution you. I have seen many people from the Philippines who have such scores become overconfident, thinking they can take the CELBAN without preparation. Often the overconfidence results in failing the exam and loosing one or even two chances to take the exam. Did you know you can only take it three times? Overconfidence can have detrimental effects.

I am confident that by subscribing to CELBANPrep, when it comes to reading/speaking/writing you will overcome the barriers you might face: the unfamiliar format of the CELBAN exam and the implications of the Canadian culture in this exam. I believe that CELBANPrep will help you to remove both of these barriers so that you can find this success more readily in reading, speaking and writing. What concerns me is your listening score. To pass the CELBAN you need listening at a university level, which means listening to academic and medical information and understanding what is happening. Listening, on the CELBAN, is the highest score required at a 10. It will take time, practice and dedication to being your listening skills up. Overconfidence, taking the exam without preparation and improving your listening skills will have detrimental effects.

If listening is your weaknesses I recommend you check out:

There is information here about how to prepare for the exam. I highly recommend the Study Guide. It is only $4.99. It will give you some ideas, tips and direction on what you can do to start improving your listening skills today. You need to raise your score to a consistent 7 or 8 before even starting to prepare for the CELBAN. This will require you spending a minimum of 30 minutes a day for several months. In the mean time you can also be working on your advance grammar  to improve your score in reading, speaking and writing.

Make sure you come back to CELBANPrep when you are ready, and feel free to contact us at any time!

I know this is not what you wanted to hear, but I believe that sharing information early will prevent pain in the future.

Please let me know what you think about what I wrote.


12 responses to “WARNING: Overconfidence can have detrimental effects.

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  9. Dear Kim,

    That’s what I need, I mean the listening and reading in the CELBANPrep that cost $4.99 for 21 days but I cannot navigate it .I want to practice more often to be familiarize. If you can tell me how to register it ,thanks a lot.

    • Dan.

      For information on what is available through CELBANPrep you can go to http://www.celbanprep.info.

      Once you decide you can click on the REGISTER link to go to http://celbanprep.ca/amember/signup.php.
      Coupons are available on Twitter and Facebook. Due to the high cost of the courses, most of the coupons are for the writing and speaking courses: individually or in a bundle.

      Once you do subscribe, to get your Reading and Listening resources you need to login at http://www.celbanprep.ca. Then click the link, which is the title of the item you purchased.

      Does this help?

    • Dear Dan,

      Yes, the Reading and Listening Study Guides are only $4.99. Simply go to http://celbanprep.ca/amember/signup.php and choose your item. Enter your information, and make the payment through PayPal (the most secure way for online transactions).
      Immediately you will be able to login at http://www.celbanprep.ca.

      If you want to make another purchase, you can save time by going through your account. At http://www.celbanprep.ca login. Click on Add Subscription. Choose your item, add a coupon code if you have one. You do not have to add your personal information.

      Hope this helps!

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