Thanks for the welcome message. I’d like to ask if its possible to take celban test and pass first prior to NNAS application. I’m not pretty confident to pass the english test and registering for NNAS is very expensive and it has an expiration. Financial resources is very limited as well. Please advise.
This is a great question.
From my perspective, having worked with hundreds of IENs over the ten years I have been teaching:
My advice is to take the CELBAN exam first, then register for NNAS
What I have seen happen for people who register with NNAS, is that they have one year to submit the required score.
Some people are able to submit their score with that deadline. (People with a 7 in IELTS. People who have lived in Canada and know the culture well. People with a background in the medical system in Canada.)
Most people can not obtain that in the amount of time. (People with 5s and 6s in the IELTS. People who are busy people. People who become Disillusioned Dreamers.) They experience extreem added stress as the deadlined approaches, which decreases their scores tremendously. Then, they end up having to pay the additional fee to keep their file open.
So, yes, from my experience: take your time. Take the exam first. See how you do.
When you sit for the CELBAN exam – if you do not get an acceptable score the first time around – they will send you a report with feedback about your weaknesses in writing and speaking so that you will know where you have to improve. And you are then empowered to find qualified teachers, quality training and quality CELBAN materials.
When you know your ability to write an essay (Task 1) and a medical report (Task 2) within the 15 minute time limit, with very few errors, and
When you can obtain a 10 in listening.
(Mind you, take the exam the first time so that you know, understand and experience the format of the exam. Then focus on your identified weaknesses.)
What would I do?
I am not a person who works well under pressure. I would rather be prepared. That is why I created what I did with and for my nurses. I pushed them hard so that they could learn to turn their weaknesses into strengths. They didn’t know that what they learned would help them throughout the process of becoming licenced in Canada and throughout their careers. But I did. And many of them, looking back, knew that their success in life was because of what I taught them.
Your first step was reaching out to me; for that I know you are on a good path! Keep making wise choices, and you will make it one day!