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4G* WARNING: Avoid The CELBAN Trap!


Hi Kim

I am from Cebu, Philippines and I’ve been here for 3 months already.  Well yes, Edmonton is our only stop (I arrive with my family).  I will be taking CELBAN for the first time this December 4 and I am quiet nervous because I don’t have any idea about this test, but I took IELTS twice already. The recent one was last [year].  I am really weak in the Writing part.  I scored L- 7.5-8, R- 7.5-8 W- 6-6.5 and S-7-7.5.  I am so frustrated because [NNAS] requires higher scores.  That’s why I really really need your help on this.  Thanks! E

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♥ Still I’m afraid to go for this new [CELBAN] exam… i have to appear in CRNE for the second time …i failed in the first attempt

Dear Sir
I’m ok.It is nice in toronto but life is very tough here I dont know
how am I gonna survive.

I’m from Pakistan.
I just landed here on 19th May 2013 and yes this is my first stop.I
have done IELTS in 2010 with a band of total 7  ,Listening 7.5,Reading
7.5,writing 6.5 and speaking 6.5.
This is my first time to appear for CELBAN.
My reason for doing CELBAN is that i have to appear in CRNE for the
second time which i failed in the first attempt with very few marks.

Secondly, although I have studied from
the top university of Pakistan in the field of nursing but still I’m
afraid to go for this new exam.

Thanks a lot for your moral support and cooperation .


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What can you recommend as the best bundle … for celban that i can purchase?

Hi! What can you recommend as the best bundle package reviewer for celban that i can purchase?


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♥ I’m been through a lot of disappointments, depressions, heartache whatever you called it..

Dear Kim,
Thank you very much for your quick response. I really appreciate your interest in our story, I felt relief when I am writing you my story,just to know that someone out thre who really wants to help us and hear us is more than enough.
I always read your blog and get some lesson and idea ,thanks again.
I am from Philippines an RN,  and  was working also in Saudi Arabia for 16 years. I’m been through a lot of dessapointments, depressions, heartache whatever you called it. I and my family landed in Ontario,  as immigrant ,because my uncle was there we just visited him before coming here in Calagary. I am fully aware that as immigrant we have to upgrade our profession here in Canada,but not as we expected that it is hard for us to do so.Especially our english exam which they have a high passing mark ,like they want us to be perfect , which is for me is not in reality. I spoke to several Filipino nurses and this is also one of there problem to pass the english exam. I toke IELTS twice ,I passed the speaking but always low in  writing,I had CELBAN last 2010 but unfortunately my writing again is low. I know that my weakness is writing even before ,but I know also it is not a hindrance to be a nurse here in Canada. The medium of communication in Saudi Arabia is english and I dont have any problem there for 16 years,I’m just wondering why here in Canada we have difficulty reaching our dream to be a nurse. I am now at this time on the process of registering in CNO as Practical nurse, I will take the english exam as one of my requirement. I’ve been through a lot of processing my paper ,I try CARNA but because of english exam ,I decided not to continue, I try  studying in Bow Valley College ,again I quit because I am really stressed out from work to study, to family obligation and besides studying in Bow Valley is really stressful. I am really frustrated but I have to stand in the ground because of my husband and son and one more year I will be 5 years out of my profession as a nurse,thats why I really need to pass the CELBAN this time otherwise its an end. I think i have to redo (my CELBAN)all because that is the new policy of all the nursing body here in Canada ,if you fail one you have to redo all.
   Again Kim thank you very much and may GOD BLESS you more and more. G

Getting Started: CARNA and the CELBAN

Hi there Ms.Kim!
I’ve already posted a comment on your blog..
Me and my family just arrived last January17, my husband and I are both nurses way back in the Philippines. I’m Hoping you could help me with some of my queries..
1. Where can me and my husband get assessed for our English language?
2. Is it true that before we can get assessed for CARNE we should have taken CELBAN?
3. If it’s true, how can we enroll with your CELBAN PREP and how much will it cost(is there any promotional rates or packages) and what are the review schedules?
4. Is there any expiration date for the CELBAN Exam? How long?
5. Do you have a branch here in Calgary?If you have, where is it located and can I have your contact numbers as well.
Thank You so much for answering all of my questions..
God Bless You Ms.Kim for helping us newcomers here in Canada!
Right now we’re currently unemployed, which makes us really sad..
We have already submitted a lot of resumes as nursing aids and health care aides in various hospitals and nursing homes..we really hope we can get hired and take the review lessons as well in order for us to take the CELBAN and the CARNE afterwards..
Our daughter is already studying here also.
Thank You for taking time reading and replying to my letter.. D

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I’m just 6 month in Canada and my CLB score is 5-6…

Dear Kim,

I’m an internationally Educated Nurse (I have gotten my education in three different countries: Uzbekistan, Israel and USA)
I have settled in part of  Atlantic Canada and started registration process with Nurses Association. One of the necessary documents that I have to provide is CELBAN or IELTS test. Unfortunately, there is no any sources for CELBAN preparation in this part of Canada.Therefore I’m interesting in on-line sources for CELBAN preparation.I’m just 6 month in Canada and my CLB score is 5-6.I haven’t taken IELTS or CELBAN tests before.

♥ I failed my nursing exam and i felt ashamed.

Dear Kim:
Thank you so much. It’s really hard, living in new country, and not to mention the long process of registration.
I failed my nursing exam on June, and i felt ashamed. But after your e-mail I know now that al lot faced difficulties when they came to Canada, and
I should keep trying and work harder to achieve my dreams.

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