First off, for exam information, go to http://www.celban.org. You can see exam dates and locations there. The exam happens in some places in one day, other places two days: with Speaking separate from the group part – writing, reading, and listening.
The Speaking is about 20 minutes, and the written is about half an hour for each section for a total of an hour and a half.
These are the resources:
- CELBANPrep Speaking
- CELBANPrep Writing Level One
- CELBANPrep Writing Level Two
- CELBANPrep Reading and Listening Complete
There are additional resources that are for every and any exam you take including the CELBAN or IELTS.
Everything is available across Canada, on Amazon, and the following countries:
Preparation time depends on the person. Some people have lots of time, and no children. These people can practice often, and post lots of assignments. They improve quickly. Other people have less time and are balancing work, study and family. These people take more time. Not only that, it depends on the starting point. Some people take CELBANPrep with a high CLB. For them it is only a matter of learning what is expected of the exam. For other people they have grammar weaknesses. It takes much longer for people who need to learn and improve their grammar. At a minimum preparing for CELBAN writing takes at least two months if you have a 7 in IELTS but some people need longer (6 months to a year if they have a 5).
The CELBAN or IELTS resources were created to decrease that time by quickening in the process of turning their weaknesses into strengths.
At least that is what I have found after teaching hundreds of IENs through the years; because worked with everyone that came to me regardless of their score.
There are tips and suggestions for Reading and Listening Study Guides. I hoped that by making them so affordable people would get them early, and use time wisely in improving their reading and listening skills while improving nursing vocabulary.
I hope this helps.
Since the time of writing this Reids has been an amazing resource to me; she was one of the IENs I trained up as a Writing Coach. She is now a Registered Nurse, having successfully achieved her goal many years ago.
The update includes new links, and a bit more information gleaned through the years.
Amazingly, 1000 people have read this post alone!