How are you today? Thanks for your question, I am doing pretty good.
- Where are you, when it comes to your English?
- How much time do you have to prepare and practice?
- How much support do you have?
- What language do you speak at home and during the day?
- How motivated are you?
- How much are you willing to invest in your process?
What level of English, in particular grammar, are you at?
- The higher the level, around a 7 on IELTS, the less time it will take. Usually it takes 2-3 months to prepare for the CELBAN for an individual with a 7 in IELTS.
- The lower the level, a 5 or below on IELTS, the more time it will take. Typically it takes 6 months to a year for someone with a 5 in IELTS to prepare for the CELBAN exam.
How much time do you have to practice and prepare?
- People who have several hours in a day to prepare progress much faster than people who can only practice for half an hour a week.
- Daily practice in all skills – half an hour a day – is highly recommended, but this is simply not feasible for many people balancing work, school, family and self.
- Being learner-centred CELBANPrep has been created to be very flexible, for this reason.
How much support do you have?
- The more support you have at home, the more you will progress in a short amount of time. Having people who are supportive and compassionate, who will help you with house work and chores, really makes a difference. Having people close by for you to practice role plays is also a bonus.
- People who have less support, single mothers, mothers of young children, and women who do not get support from their husbands require more time.
What language do you speak at home and during the day?
- Being surrounded by people who speak English rather than your native tongue is also important.
- People who speak mainly their mother tongue at home and during the day progress at a slower rate.
How motivated are you to study?
- People who are highly motivated are good at time management and setting boundaries.
- People who are not motivated procrastinate. They get distracted. Instead of practicing skills they simply read lessons. This is not a productive way of preparing for an exam.
- Lacking motivation? Read encouragement.
How much are you willing to invest in your self and your process: in your future?
- People who are unwilling to invest time, energy and money into their process usually do not get far. They temd to struggle with motivation, and get distracted easily. They get books, but don’t know how to study. Worst of all, they think that how they have prepared for exams in the past will work when they prepare for the CELBAN; but this is not true. The CELBAN is unlike any other exam you have ever taken. It is the CANADIAN English Language BENCHMARK Assessment for Nurses. Undestanding what the CELBAN is about is VITAL to success.
- People who are willing to invest in themselves find/create/make the time to study. They are disiplined ensuring they ahve the energy and focus to study. Most of all, they know that studying in a class, with a group, or with a teacher catapaults them forward. They know that education is an investment, and they understand that paying Canadian rates is required. They know that they will not work for free, when they are registered, so they do not expect their teachers to work for free: especially valuable ones who are experts in their field. They know that by working with an expert in the field they save both time and money.
The ideal situation is having a high baseline when it comes to knowing the language, having at least an hour each day to practice, with lots of support at home and lots of motivation to become a nurse in Canada. Speaking English at home, and during the day, is also important.
So, E, I give the question back to you, how much time do you need to prepare for the CELBAN?
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