IELTS TEST- FIRST STEP TO CITIZENSHIP

Yes.

I made the first step in becoming a Canadian.

It would be an honour to be Canadian for many reasons. I will not get into that now.

TIME:

I booked my GENERAL TRAINING IELTS for November 10th, 2018 on this website:. It was the closest date to my birthday and far away enough to give me a month to prep for the test. This will be my birthday present. Better be a nice present :D

I am lucky that there is a test center right here in PEI so I would not have to travel anywhere. A thing I found strange is that when they confirm your booking, they do not tell you at what time it starts. I googled it and it seems that all test starts at 8:15

WHAT SCORE DO I NEED TO BE ABLE TO APPLY FOR MY CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP?

There are so many levels, but for this particular reason you only need CLB4 (Canadian Language Benchmark), which means that you have to score:

  • Listening: 4.5

  • Reading: 3.5

  • Writing: 4.0

  • Speaking: 4.0

PRICE:

The test is not cheap and for an unknown reason, there are different priced for different cities.

• Halifax, NS $310 (HST Inc.)

• St. John’s, NL $325 (HST Inc.)

• Charlottetown, PE $325 (HST Inc.)

• Saint John, NB $325 (HST Inc.)

I find it pretty expensive and I wish it was a little bit more affordable, but there is nothing I can do about it.

After I booked my test online, I had to pay via credit card. The process is pretty straight forward.

PREPARATION

I think this is the hardest part. I have a plan though. Every day I will spend at least an hour practicing and/or figuring out how to get the best score.

I am also writing down my progress and I check where I am making mistakes.

I started by studying an old IELTS book that I bought 5 years ago and I already went through the prep for the writing section. So far, so good.

After registration, they sent me a bunch of preparation materials that I downloaded and printed.

They also have an app for preparing for the test. There is also a section that explains the types of exercises and how to approach each of them.

I only have a month so I better get to work!

My advice is:

  1. Register at least a month before your test so you get a chance to study thoroughly.

  2. Study at least an hour every day. I try to study 4 hours on weekends.

  3. Believe in yourself and be confident

Good luck to everyone who is taking this test


Claudia Coticiielts test