♥ I already took the IELTS twice… I admit I almost gave up … [on] my writing skills

Hello Kim,
As you may have known me, I’m K,  from Philippines….I have been following your blog for quite some time now. … I’d like to let you know a bit of myself. I’m a BSN graduate of 2012, and currently a registered nurse. I worked in a tertiary hospital here for only 14 months (Jan.2013-Feb 2014). Since then,  I stopped practicing my profession because I’m actually looking for a greener pasture. Otherwise, I wouldn’t flourish knowing that wages here are very, very low and can’t compensate for your wants, needs, and assistance to your very own loved ones. Based on this, maybe you will have an idea that I’m a man with big dreams, and eagerly relentless on pursuing them. =)
I believe in the saying that, “success starts with IELTS.” However unfortunately, I already took the IELTS twice (April and July this year), but never found the luck especially in my Writing. Taking the exam twice in a row, I always got 6.0 bandscore in my Writing while the rest of the components L, R and S were okay. My writing sucks, isn’t it? I usually practiced my writing part before like 2x a week. But I admit I almost gave up knowing that I’ve had the same mistakes and no matter how hard I tried to improve my writing skills, I fairly didn’t have the chance of getting 7 especially during my practices. In my mind I believe that writing skill takes a talent, which I obviously don’t have. I’d like to think that I didn’t get a score of 7 because of the technicality of the IELTS writing topics and the topics themselves are difficult to be explained explicitly, to the point that I ran out of ideas, or no ideas to be input at all 😦
However, sooner, I will be reviewing and sitting for the CELBAN may be early next year if everything goes well. Right now, I have this ambivalent feeling, again. To be honest, I really don’t have any ideas right now what CELBAN is all about except its meaning, Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses. I have with me again this feeling of fear, completely mixed emotions because I don’t know how difficult the CELBAN exam is, or if I can make it with just one take. Although a lot of IENs from the agency where I have applied as student visa for Canada took and passed the exam with just one sit, still I’ve lessened down my expectations to make it….How do I improve IELTS or CELBAN writing? Ielts writing topics are getting more difficult than the ones established few years ago. I do also have this question: Has the new CELBAN test administrator expanded the test dates and locations across Canada? I saw before that test dates and sites in Canada are full up to December. I’m a bit wary too if this will ever happen again come 2015. =(
How is my above writing Ms Kim?…
Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks a lot!
K

Son Riding on Father's ShouldersDear K,

 
K, it is emails like this that motivate me to take the time to reply. One reason is because you took the time to write, but the other reason is because you revealed so much about yourself. What I know, simply from reading what you wrote, is that you have a good work ethic. You have tenacity. You have perseverance. And you have made a decision. 
 
Because you have read my blog for some time you have seen the post I wrote after going to a presentation by Canadian Olympian Eli Pasquali
 
He ended, “Make a decision. Make a commitment, and with passion it will come.”
 
Back when I started working with Internationally Educated Health Professionals, IEHPs, I had a saying that I still use now and then. It is, “If what you are doing is not getting you where you want to go, change what you are doing.”
Chose another path
That is exactly what you have done in: a) considering the CELBAN and b) contacting me. You have made your decision. You have the commitment. With passion, it will come because you are changing what you are doing. (Thank you for inspiring me to finally make a poster out of that quote.) 
 
About writing you wrote:
  • In my mind I believe that writing skill takes a talent, which I obviously don’t have. 
  • I usually practiced my writing part before like 2x a week
  • I ran out of ideas, or no ideas to be input at all
  • But I admit I almost gave up knowing that I’ve had the same mistakes and no matter how hard I tried to improve my writing skills
  • How do I improve IELTS or CELBAN writing?
You know, K. If you say you don’t have a talent for writing, I believe you. Actually, you believe it too. 
 
Woah! Did you feel that? What just happened to you when you read that? Did your heart fall? Mine did, simply because I wrote that. Wow! Such power in thinking. Such power in negative thinking! 
 
That was the point I was getting at, but I did not expect an immediate physiological response. Whew! So glad I don’t actually believe that. I would be pretty unsuccessful, if your base assumption were true, that “writing skill takes a talent.” 
 
Ok. I agree writing is a talent. Very few people can do what I do, transcend the sanitizing capacity of the internet by writing in a way that encourages and inspires. That is something I have been developing for a long time, ever since I moved from Montreal to Edmonton and started writing letters to my grandmother with the intent of bringing my experiences to life on the page. It was her encouragement that made me strive to do even better, each and every time I wrote to her. I was only 12 when I moved. I am a little older than that now! ;o
 
But they are not requiring or expecting that kind of skill and talent on the CELBAN. Otherwise I would be out of business. But I am not, because I have developed a teaching method that works. I have developed a method that allows people to overcome running out of ideas. I have developed a method that allows you to overcome the frustration of repeating exams and not progressing because, “I’ve had the same mistakes and no matter how hard I tried to improve my writing skills.” 
 
The CELBANPrep method improves writing skills! And now that I have completed Writing4IEHPs, with its focus on common errors made by IENs, people will be able to proceed more quickly from CELBANPrep Writing Level One to CELBANPrep Writing Level Two. 
 
So how do you improve your score on
IELTS or CELBAN Writing?
Because Writing4IEHPs has been created for Internationally Educated Professionals Preparing for either exam, and because of the transferability of the test taking strategies taught in CELBANPrep Writing Level One
 

Because you have a six in IELTS, I can guarantee that if you are willing to work hard, follow instructions while integrating feedback on your mistakes, and write more than 2x per week,  (preferably 30 minutes per day) that you will pass CELBAN Writing. 

 
I can not make the same guarantee with the IELTS, because the format is different, but should you take the IELTS after completing Writing4IEHPs and CELBANPrep Writing Level One because of the transferable test taking strategies in the CELBANPrep methodology, your score will increase on the writing component of the IELTS. 
 
Because you have been following Dear Kim, you have probably read some of the posts, and possibly watch the video about the CELBANPrep Bundles.
CPVideo FirstFrame
For your writing I recommend you subscribing to bundles that include both Writing4IEHPs and CELBANPrep Writing Course Bundle. Those are either:

Or purchase one at a time. The benefit of taking them at the sameSales Policy portrait time is being able to work on Writing4IEHPs assignments with a Writing Coach

Which one you take depends on your finances, whether you want to take CELBANPrep Speaking, and how much time you have. Because I believe in making IEPC and CELBANPrep resources and supports accessible I have always had a CELBANPrep Compassionate Pricing  Policy. It was only today that I put it in writing.  

 
ad7thingsptJust so you know. When it comes to your comment, “To be honest, I really don’t have any ideas right now what CELBAN is all about except its meaning, Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses.” that is why I created the 7 Things You MUST Know to Pass the CELBAN. Yesterday I completed the work on the website for this live webinar. (7 Things can be purchased individually and is included in all of the bundles but one, the Reading and Listening Study Bundle.) 
 
You wrote, ” I have with me again this feeling of fear, completely mixed emotions because I don’t know how difficult the CELBAN exam is, or if I can make it with just one take. Although a lot of IENs from the agency where I have applied as student visa for Canada took and passed the exam with just one sit, still I’ve lessened down my expectations to make it.” Many IENs are getting overconfident about being able to pass the CELBAN without preparation hearing stories from those who can make it on the first attempt. That is one of the reasons I wrote, the CELBAN Trap, this summer! While it is true that some people, who have certain predictive factors, can pass the CELBAN exam on the first attempt, a majority of people have limiting predictive factors which put them at risk of falling into the CELBAN Trap. You are wise to apply critical thinking when you hear these stories. The CELBAN Trap Events are nation wide opportunities for IENs to meet with me, live and in person, to determine their individual predictive factors to discover whether or not they can pass on the first attempt without preparation, and to explore what they need, as individuals, to prepare so they can indeed pass on the first attempt. 
Your critical thinking, coupled with following my blog and now contacting me, will allow you to avoid falling into the trap. 
 
When it comes to your question, ” I do also have this question: Has the new CELBAN test administrator expanded the test dates and locations across Canada? I saw before that test dates and sites in Canada are full up to December. I’m a bit wary too if this will ever happen again come 2015. =(  ” Did you “review the Request for Proposal on CCLB’s website by clicking here”  on the blog post/page: CELAS and the CELBAN
 
The reason for the Request for Proposals for a new national administrator is because all of the seats were filled months in advance, and the waiting lists were growing. The whole reason for this change is so that it does not happen again! Centre for the Evaluation of Health Professionals Educated Abroad (CEHPEA) was just awarded the contract. It will take them time to get organized. I do not know of their plans: they may be doing things in phases (phase one dealing with the present demand and phase two working on expansion) or they may be doing both at the same time. They also have the processing of refund, and potentially going through mail that has accumulated over the summer. It is a big job. My hope is that they create an efficient process quickly.
 
  • Decide on the dream.
  • Commit to that dream.
  • Find quality coaches with quality training.
  • Ignore the naysayers.
  • Practice your skills until they become a natural extension of yourself to overcome obstacles.
  • Then, with passion, achieve your dream.
You have done exactly that. With CELBANPrep you will do exactly that. Why? Because, as you know, CELBANPrep is not just about learning English or passing an exam. It is about so much more! It is about kindling that passion, that determination, that perseverance which is required not only for you to pass the CELBAN (or IELTS) but every other exam, challenge and obstacle you will face on your journey to becoming a nurse in Canada.
 
And you can not put a price on that! 
 
That is the CELBANPrep Method! That is the CELBANPrep way! That is what makes CELBANPrep different from any other option!  And that is why (with a 6 in IELTS) I can guarantee, K, that  if you are willing to work hard, follow instructions, and write 30 minutes per day integrating the feedback that you get, you will pass CELBAN Writing
 Wr1t1ngAssess
As for evaluating your writing, consider getting your writing assessed. Check out the sales. 
 
So K, as I come to the conclusion of this message, I smile to myself. I said that I would address hope in a separate thread, but it is infused in this message. Shrug. I guess that imparting hope is such a part of my nature that it is in everything that I do. 🙂
 
Sincerely,
Kim
🙂 Aren’t you glad you took the time to write? 
 
 

One response to “♥ I already took the IELTS twice… I admit I almost gave up … [on] my writing skills

  1. Pingback: [I am an LPN thinking of being an RN but,] I have nightmares on [CELBAN] writing. | Dear Kim

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