Recently the United Kingdom has opened its doors to expat nurses to work in the NHS, however numerous nurses are struggling to pass the English proficiency exam which is required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the UK. But do not be discouraged because IELTS and OET is an exam which is possible to pass if you have the right people to support you in this journey. There will be various sacrifices that you have to make, I kid you not, for I myself have to let go of some job opportunities just to reach my UK dream. I even quit my job just to review for the English proficiency exam and on my first take, I was given a 6.5 in the Writing part. Now, failing for the first time is like your heart is being prick with so many needles in a slow motion manner, it hurts so much and the first thing that will come into your mind is,” its just an English exam, why did I fail?” You will keep mending your bruise ego for awhile but you need to move on and find where your weakness is. IELTS will never tell you why you had such scores and for me its really unfair, but that is just how it works. Albeit, there are people who are really talented and knowledgeable about grammar 101, the ins and outs of English language and knows how to do academic writing or just simply love to write, do actually passed the exam in just one sitting. These people, although having a gift, also reviewed and practiced exams for them to be familiarized how the English exam works. The key is to practice, accept your weakpoints, accept that you failed and then move on. I know its easy to tell to move on but we have to, just think of this.. You already made a sacrifice, why waste it? Its just a .5 that you need or even more, the point is you already started your journey, why stop now? I know its hard, I too doubted myself so many times but its the people behind me who keeps on pushing my back to continue my dream, they believed in me and that is enough for me to grabbed that all 7 in my IELTS exam.
Let me share to you what I did to passed my exam.
1. Find a review center that you will trust, the one that will help you achieve your needed score , its not about how many passers they have, its how they treat their students. Trust your instinct.
2. If you are already tied up in an agency, do not let them pressure you to take the exam because the employer wants to, you should only take it if you feel that you are ready.
3. Practice. Practice. Practice. Listening, for me, is the most easiest part of the exam because you just have to listen and focus to what the audio is saying. Reading is a challenging part, it will test your vocabulary because the sentences are paraphrased. Practice your skimming and scanning when its comes to reading. Writing is the most dreaded part of the exam, make sure to understand the question, look for keywords, make a plan on what you will include in your essay when it comes to task 2, because some topics are very broad you have to choose the most relevant examples. Task 1 can be a graph, a map, diagram or even a process, you have to know when to compare, when to show the similarities and differences, the apogee and bottom when it comes to a graph. Know your point of reference, if you encountered a map. Basically you have to know some vocabs to describe the task that will be given to you in task 1. Speaking is like you’re just talking to a friend, you just have to make sure to respond not in a short manner but learn to express more and give examples.
4. I always make sure to do writing task everyday, I timed myself and make sure to finish with at least 10 minutes left for me to check for some errors in my grammar.
When you passed, it will all be worth it. The euphoria of achieving the band score that you need is overwhelming, you might even cry. It was such a surreal feeling for me, everything that I have sacrifices keeps on playing on my mind and tears just keep on flowing in my eyes, but during that time, it was happy tears.
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