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.
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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.