International English Language Testing System is only one of the tests every Filipino nurse will have to take to be able to work outside the country. The tests comprises 4 competencies which the nurse has to pass for her to be able to prove that she can work and communicate effectively in the country she aims to be. These 4 competencies are writing, reading, listening and speaking the English language. Each of them
My IELTS exam is scheduled today for speaking in English and the other 3 competencies (Writing, Listening and Reading) will be on Saturday. My ability to communicate verbally will be tested today as it will test my ability to deal with people in a foreign country.
This week,I reviewed on my grammar and ability to convey a message. In the test for speaking, the manner of starting and keeping a conversation matters. All the gestures that comes in speaking my mind will also matter such as the use of facial expressions and hand movements.
I have been a Clinical Instructor for 5 years but I still feel butterflies in my stomach when taking these tests. I just hope to keep focused and be relaxed in the whole experience. I believe, the key to a good conversation is being sincere with one's thoughts and merely enjoy opening up to another person.
I have 3 hours to go before the "big thing". I might as well read some information on current evens and reflect to personal preferences such as music or hobby. Knowing the various interest I have and the numerous emotions that every nurse has developed in her work, I need to focus on one or two ideas and be able to elaborate on them. I believe, that is the best strategy in answering personal questions or statements that requires one's opinion.