1G*!! Keepsake: After failing the IELTS 7 x, I joined [CELBANPrep] in the month of FEB, took the CELBAN MAY: I passed!!!

Updated 2021

Kim, I was lost when I decided to finally take CELBAN. Prior to that I took IELTS more than 5x when I was in the Philippines and 2x here in Canada. I was devastated when I didn’t got my desired scores in IELTS. I had hesitations in applying for CELBAN because: first) it don’t know anything about it, second) i don’t know people or institution who conduct reviews and lastly) another months of preparation. Luckily, I saw CelbanPrep thru google… I joined in the month of FEB and took the CELBAN MAY 3. I passed!

Kim was an excellent teacher. During the speaking, everything she told me works, relax and be confident. While in my writing, she taught me to organize my ideas in less than 20 minutes. Kim, you are an angel (as I always say.) … I also told you that I was worried about my listening because i need to get a perfect 10, with your advice,I got a 10. Reading, is the easiest part of the exam because I love to read. πŸ˜‰ KIM! I will be forever grateful. FYI, i told my friends who will take CELBAN to register CelbanPrep. LoveLove, MA

Dear Friend,

I get messages like this from Internationally Educated Nurses like MA, and like you, all the time. They are sad stories of desolation, depression, and giving up. The impact of not being able to get the required score on the CELBAN or IELTS takes a toll on the hearts, minds, spirits and bodies of IENs like you. That is why, what I do with and through CELBANPrep University is so very different. When I teach, when I design course material, when I create CELBAN material, I treat you as an individual, as a whole person: body, mind, heart and spirit. 

I consider your situation:

That is how learner-centred I am. And that is what the CELBAN is all about: being learner-centred. 



  • You/we can not learn when we are stressed. 
  • You/we can not learn when we are not motivated. 

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is cpu-ct4-articles.pngThat is why, for the past 2 years, I have been teaching the Secrets to Success with its’s two main components:

  1. Optimizing Your Environment, and
  2. Mastering Your Psychology

It is with this foundation that you are then able to enter into a space to study productively: in a way no one has ever taught you. (That is what my nurses tell me, “Before you, Kim, no one ever taught me how to study.”)

So what I do is focus on:

  1. increasing your levels of energy, while
  2. decreasing your levels of fatigue and tension. 

The magical thing is that once you can do this for yourself, you can do it for others, even for your patient during your CELBAN Speaking task who is being disagreeable and giving you a hard time! 

So, by focusing on you, by teaching you the Secrets to Success in your own life you become an ambassador being able to teach others the same life skills: your patients, your coworkers, your family, your friends. 

These secrets are applicable to:

  1. Interacting with others,
  2. Giving/Receiving information,
  3. Getting things done, and
  4. Comprehending information.

And that is what the CELBAN and the CLB are all about in all four areas: CELBAN Reading, CELBAN Writing, CELBAN Listening and CELBAN Speaking. It is learner-centred. It is about you. So, let’s start with you as the first building block. Then we can build your success from there! 


Learn the Secret to Success. Explore CELBANPrep University. 

12 responses to “1G*!! Keepsake: After failing the IELTS 7 x, I joined [CELBANPrep] in the month of FEB, took the CELBAN MAY: I passed!!!

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    • Dear Jane,
      Your questions are so good I decided to create a post for Dear Kim based on your comments. Please go to dear-kim.com and read the post: How can I practice speaking with [CELBANPrep]?.
      I look forward to working with you on both your writing and speaking as they are my strengths! πŸ™‚
      Have a great day!

  9. WOW! There’s no sound reason to give up. congrats! you finally made it. Now will look into celban.. πŸ™‚

    • Dear SOL,
      I love your comment. No, there is never a reason to give up. I always say, “If the things you are doing are not getting you to where you want to go: make new choices!” If you have taken the IELTS again and again and are not getting the score then do something different: either in your preparation or by taking another test. And if you have taken the CELBAN and did not get the score then do something different in your preparations. The CELBAN really is easier than the IELTS! But, the required scores are higher. It does take work to master the language, the grammar, and the Canadian culture but with time, dedication and practice anything is possible: even passing the CELBAN!
      All the best on your journey to becoming a registered nurse in Canada!

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