❤️* ♪♪ CELBAN Readiness: how to tell if you are prepared for the CELBAN exam

Updated 2021

Hello Kim,

I’m good, thank you. I love Calgary, it’s nice to live here.

I’m from Philippines and I’ve been living in Canada for about 1 year and 3 months now. I took Academic IELTS 3 years ago and my scores was never reached the required scores for nurses. I already took 3x and I even attended IELTS review in the Philippines. As far as I remember my scores are Listening 6-6.5, Writing 6.0, Listening 6.5, Speaking 6-6.5.

The reason that brought me to your site is because I will take my CELBAN writing exam on Thursday. I had my speaking exam last Monday and I knew that I didn’t do great. I struggled for words, keep on saying the same thing, I have long pauses and I got stunned. I’m always having the same problem even before in IELTS. I am too nervous. This is my first try to take CELBAN. I’m crossing my fingers to pass my writing exams at least. I admit that I am not prepared because CELBAN offered me a schedule 2 weeks before the exam, since I am so eager to take CELBAN, I grabbed the offer. I will update you on the results. Thanks Kim. S.

Dear S,

I love Calgary too! The down town core is lovely. I had the opportunity to go to a “Shakespeare in the Park” play a few years ago. It is a wonderful memory.
So how did you do on the rest of your exam?
I must say I was saddened to read about your situation. Unfortunately you fell into the CELBAN Trap:taking the exam without preparation but with eagerness because it was offered, particularly with your present standing in the IELTS.
We shall see. It is possible that you do well on the CELBAN and you pass, and that would be great. But from my experience with others who fell into the CELBAN Trap, it does not usually go that way. And if it does not, it is vital that the next time you take the exam you are fully prepared.

So how do you know if you are prepared to write the CELBAN?

Well let me start by telling you how you can know if you are not prepared.

When you are NOT prepared to take the CELBAN you:

  • struggled for words,
  • keep on saying the same thing,
  • have long pauses,
  • get stunned, and
  • are too nervous.

When you are prepared to take the CELBAN you will:

  • feel confident,
  • have ideas about what to write and say,
  • know the format of the exam,
  • understand the expectations of you as an examinee,
  • manage your time effectively.

What do you think it wil take for you to be prepared to take the CELBAN?

How long do you think it will take? 

Pause to consider the answers to those questions. 

How valuable would it be, to you, to feel that confident? 


What I want you to know, S, is that what you have described is very very common. That is why I started teaching the Secrets to Success, with its two focuses:

Pause to consider what it would be like for you to do those two things not only as you prepare for the CELBAN exam, but also while you are taking the exam. 

But, then, imagine being able to do that in other aspects of your life as well. Imagine being able to Optimizing Your Environment, and Mastering Your Psychology   in your personal life as well. Imagine being able to do that in your professional whenever you start struggling for words, saying the same thing, having long pauses, getting stunned, and being too nervous.

How valuable would it be, to you, to feel that confident? 

Finally, I want you to read some of the e-mails I have received from people who took the CELBAN after preparing with me through CELBANPrep in the tag thank you. Pay attention to what they say about their confidence and preparedness in entering the exam.
Then decide if that is what you want for your self. 

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