Part 2 of my UK Job Hunting post! 🙂
So yeah, I resigned from my work to review for IELTS. Quick note: I already took IELTS General Training last May 2015 (for my supposed Canada application), and Academic last Jan 2016, but failed to get the needed band scores for my applications. (I didn’t review then and just researched online how the exam works. It was easy but not that easy to get your desired scores esp in Writing subtest.)
When the agency took me in, I was given some IELTS review options and chose 9.0 Niner because of their track record (from what I found online). The agency paid for my unlimited 1 year review and attended my first class on May 2, 2016. The class runs from 9am to 9pm (usually ends earlier than that) and has breaks in between. There’s also a one on one coaching but you have to fall in line early in the morning.
I was booked for IELTS UKVI on May 21 (I’ll edid this if I’m wrong) so I’m kinda rushed with the review. I only attended the Writing Task lessons and I admit, I wasn’t that committed (but I did my best in the exam!)
I had my speaking test the day before my LRW exams, and I was totally tired because it was too early. The speaking exam doesn’t faze me anymore. Lol. The next day, since it was summer, I wore a comfortable dress but was shocked when the exam venue was too cold (plus the other room’s kinda loud). I was already shivering before the Writing exam.
After 2 weeks, the results came out and I was disappointed why I got 6.5 in writing while my LRS are all 7. Honestly, I was depressed after that. I couldn’t help it. I think I did my best, but obviously it wasn’t enough.
After few weeks, I came back to review and then decided to work. When I was almost starting to work, I had a quick realization. I didn’t pursue working again since the reason why I resigned was because of my review. Good thing my family supported my decision ( I love how they trust me in my decisions).
Fast-forward, I attended the Final Coaching around September and got reminded that I need to get a recommendation with Sir Ervin and had it scheduled the next week. I was also thinking of taking the exam before November since I want to combine my next exam’s grades with my UKVI one. Sir Ervin told me that I’m ready to take the exam and that I just have to be careful with my tenses (which is my weakness back when I was a college writer).
I attended some one-on-one coaching, mock exam, and grammar classes before my exam. It totally helped me, plus I make it to a point to read, practice writing, brainstorm in topics, check the thesaurus, and check my tenses.
A week before the exam too, I trained myself to sleep and wake up early. I felt refreshed when I woke up early during the exam day. Plus, I still had time to check some sample Writing exam questions too.
It was a cloudy day and I wore the blue dress I bought, ate Tapsilog, and went to Niner by walking 🙂 When I arrived, most of the examinees were there and I started to feel nervous. Then, I saw Mam Iska and we talked while waiting (me, for the exam, and her, for the coaching). She reminded me to wear my rosary and I put a peso under my shoes :))
During the exam, I was not nervous at all, but as much as possible, I opened my 5 senses. I had the perfect spot in the exam room, plus we’re just 25 examinees at that time (idk anymore).
I tried to be calm during the Writing tasks, and started Task 2 before I finished the first one. I dunno what happened anymore and I realized I only have a minute left. I don’t have time to check everything, but good thing I spot a potential mistake in my Task 2 and corrected it.
Fast forward to October 5, I passed!!!
Honestly, I couldn’t contain my happiness. I yelled and I forgot that my door was open.