My IELTS test

31 Oct 2004

Two week ago I had to do the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and I needed a band score of 5 (out of 9) at least to be allowed to live to New Zealand.

From 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM I found myself in exactly the same state of mind like 22 years ago on high school.
These days I was under the impression that I enough mastered reading and writing in English, but on the other hand I was very concerned about the oral test. So, in the lunch break prior to this spoken part, I sneaked to a bar and gluttonously gulped down two glasses of port for the purpose of the indispensable overconfidence.

But after the examiner ignored my offered hand, I instantly became sixteen again.
The monologue about my work went fine, however the story suddenly was a lot shorter than I had practised at home in front of the mirror.
While my brains were feverishly searching for another few well-turned sentences, the examiner asked me to the most impressive letter in my life …. I got one minute time to think about it en I thanked Whatever that I knew my reply after a few seconds already. I would tell him about the enthusiastic email of Simon Fisher, a gallery owner recently sent me. I that way I could turn the conversation to the subject that I was familiar with.
Happily I started to rave en tried to spice up my story with some interesting gestures en sweet ladylike voice inflections, but being realistic; in my desperation I noticed I used some weird words. But okay … I threw in my most disarming glance.

I wasn’t quite ready with my show when the examiner asked something very complicated about ‘the future of the written word’. I picked up some words as “ministry, professors and academics” and I asked him to repeat his question. The long-expected black-out kicked in and my brains frozen. Probably the examiner saw this happen too and reckoned the interview as finished.

On my way back to the train station I was relieved this bad day was ended en mopishly I hoped I would get a more easy-going person if I got re-examinated.

Today I got the IELTS-envelope in my mailbox.
My score was a 6,5 ! And for conversation a 7 !!!
For 2 days I euphorically shouted out loud: “How is this possible?! How is this possible?!”

certificate ielts

4 thoughts on “My IELTS test

  1. Ha P!

    Gefeliciteerd met het behalen van je examen. Je mag dus blijven…Leuk voor je. Kom je nog wel eens naar Nederland?
    Hoop jou en je werk nog eens in het echt te zien. De foto van R. met hibiscus in de mond, staat vrolijk te wezen in mijn huiskamer.

    Hopende dat je je Nederlands ook nog een beetje bij wil houden, zeg ik: adios!


    • Hoi Manon,
      Het zijn eigenlijk oude blogjes waar ik in 2004 mee ben begonnen, maar nu pas is mijn Engels ‘vlot genoeg’ om niet al te veel tijd meer nodig te hebben voor de vertalingen. Ik geloof niet dat ik ooit zo ver kom dat ik in het Engels ga denken. Daarvoor ben ik er te laat ingestapt (plus ik spreek nog steeds 95% Nederlands in mijn dagelijks leven).
      Ik was afgelopen december in NL voor een kort flitsbezoek aan de familie, dus geen uitgebreide vakantie. En oooooh, wat was het koud!!!
      Die hibiscusfoto is ook mijn favoriet, haha.

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