1G* ☺ I am planning to take my CELBAN exam this coming …

I am planning to take my CELBAN exam this cominghi kim,

Greetings! I am planning to take my CELBAN exam this coming March and I wonder if I can purchase a celban book instead of e-book. As a starter, what do you recommend me to study first. I really wanted to pursue my career here as a nurse in BC and I believe that if I pass the CELBAN exam, I will be one step closer to be an RN here in Canada. So please help me=) Thanks!

Dear M

Happy New Year!
It is great that you are looking for resources for preparing for the CELBAN. There are very few people who can pass without preparation because of the impact of the Canadian culture on the creation of the exam.

The evolution of CELBANPrep has occurred over the past 10 years, as I have met IENs from across the world, living across Canada: some in big cities, some in small towns. At the beginning I had a choice: I could help people locally or I could help people across the country and even around the world. The next decision was what resources to create: books, websites, e-books?

As I began teaching in the classroom I understood more intimately the issues my IEN students faced: childcare, fees, scheduling. It became clear that very few people had the luxury of time and money. I decided to create resources on-line so that they could be available when people had time, wherever they lived using websites, videos, and eventually CELBAN Prep e-books. In this way the fees for CELBANPrep classes and practice exams / sample tests are more accessible to many people who are working in low income situations.

Since that time technology has advanced. Now e-books can be formatted just like textbooks. That is why they are called Print Replicas: the replicate a printed book, yet remain e-books. Many of CELBANPrep’s 2020 resources are Print Replicas; however, the CELBANPrep CELBAN or IELTS: Grammar Essentials Series is available as a combination:

  • PART I: Paperback Workbook, and
  • PART II: Print Replica video resource.

There is also a Facilitator’s Guide, a slide deck, a final exam and a poster book!


Please remember, the strategy of taking the exam again and again hoping for a higher score is not effective, and has a negative consequence: a loss of one of the three chances to take the CELBAN. With only three chances, and the likelihood of the score expiring before you become a nurse, it is best not to throw away any opportunity. Taking time to prepare, especially working on grammar, is the best thing. Cramming is not an option.

I recommend you take time with the CELBANPrep resources: start with listening and reading. There are some good links and resources. When you become more secure in the resources provided, you can expand into the CELBANPrep Writing and Speaking Textbooks. (It is highly recommended that you work with a tutor.)

But, with the exam in March you do not have a lot of time to make a decision about CELBANPrep Writing Course Textbooks (Levels One and Two). It will take a minimum of 8 weeks, with one lesson per week. CELBANPrep Speaking takes 4 weeks, with one lesson per week.

I  hope that you can see the benefits of what I do have to offer, and find a way to navigate all of the resources available to you!


2 responses to “1G* ☺ I am planning to take my CELBAN exam this coming …

  1. Hello

    Is it possible for you to help me with Celban

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