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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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♥ What’s the use…because people didn’t get their CELBAN dates from 5-6 months

Dear Kim

What’s the use of these all sales because people didn’t get their celban dates from 5-6 months so much waiting to get the exam date then no use of this celban . It’s not good in my view , i m so much upset about the system of this celban exam dates till August it’s full I want to give exam now but how? M

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► How long does it take to prepare for the CELBAN test?

Dear Kim,

How are you today? Thanks for your question, I am doing pretty good.

The answers for your questions:
I am from Hungary, used to be a RN back home for 11.5 years. My specialty is NICU babies – on ward and transport them.
I have been here a little bit more than six years. I live in … BC .
I have never took any language test in Canada.
Can you tell me approximately how long does it take to prepare for the CELBAN test?
Thank you for you time.

§ I already took CELBAN twice, but … I’m not lucky to pass.

Hi Kim,

I’m doing fine, yes it is nice here in Winnipeg, except for the very cold weather.
I’m from Philippines, I’ve been in Canada for two years. This is the first country that we moved/lived into since we came from the Philippines. I don’t have a CLB score, because I didn’t took that assessment, but I did took CELBAN before, actually I already took CELBAN twice, but unfortunately I’m not lucky to pass.
  • My scores at the first time were: Listening 9, Reading 8, Writing 6, Speaking 7,
  • and the second time were: Listening 9, Reading 9, Writing 7, speaking 7.
They said that my weaknesses in writing were as follows:
  • some grammatical error make it difficult to understand the text
  • problem with prepositions
  • problem with verb tense
  • some problem with possession forms
Weaknesses in speaking:
  • pronunciation problems
  • work on grammar and vocabulary so that I can choose the correct words, word forms and word order to ask questions, and express my ideas clearly and accurately
  • problems with question formation
  • problem with singular/plural forms
  • problem with verb tense
I need to redo it all again, I hope you can help me, I feel so depressed after I received the score report from celas.
Thanks, M

Before you do any thing [about taking the CELBAN] please read the following 3 Warnings!

Dear Kim,
Hi there Kim, how are you? Sorry for the late response, by the way to answer all the questions that you asked, to start I came all the way from Philippines, I am a Filipino, came here in Canada year 2008 of October and work as an LPN, but right now I am on my Maternity leave ,yes I gave birth to a healthy baby girl last May 18.  I’ve never been to any other country, before going here. I took IELTS back home, and I passed it but then when the time comes that I need to renew it for it was already expired that was the time that I failed it. I heard a good feedback from some of my friends who took their English exam from Celban and thats why I opted to challenge it rather than the IELTS which I personally say that they made it harder for the applicants to pass it. As of now I am waiting to be rebook again to take the Celban examination, I was supposed to take it last September 4 and 5, but I cancelled it for personal reasons. I am hoping to be book again this fall since that was the original plan,and i’m still waiting for their response. Hopefully I can get a prompt response from them so I have an ample time to study and start my review with you.
Thanks for taking time reading my letter, have a good day ahead.
Sincerely yours,

WARNING: Overconfidence can have detrimental effects.


Yes I am  and I am from the Philippines. We came here with
my family as immigrant last July 26 last year. So, we’re only 1year 3months in
Canada. I’ve taken IELTS,CLB but not yet of CELBAN. The last time I took the
Ielts was last feb here in Canada. It was too bad because I got a score of 6. I took
also one in the Phil last June 2011 before we came here in Canada and I got OBS of
6.5 which is higher than the recent one. Is CLBPT and CLB the same? Yes, I took
already twice of CLB. The first time I had it was last Sept.17,2011 wherein I had
scores of 6,7,7,8 (listening, speaking, reading, writing). The second one was in
VCC where my scores were 6,7,8,7. G

☺ Word of WARNING: the tragic consequences of procrastination

Hi kim!

I came here in Edmonton October of 2008, an IEN from the Philippines.  I am currently working as LPN.  Edmonton is my first destination and we will settle here for good.  When I did my assessment last juneof 2011,  CARNA gave me two courses to take that can be finished in 2 months time.  I was not able to take my courses early due to bulk of students that are doing the bridging at the MRU.  Unfortunately my IELTS exam will expire this coming April 11.  I took the exam again but i was not able to meet the required score in writing.

I want to try my luck with CELBAN, I am takign the test this coming April 11 and 12.  My problem is, i dont have any idea of the exam.  The self assessment for the test that can be accessed at the CELAS website is not fix yet. I hope you can give me an idea about the test.


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