CELBAN is one of two tests accepted by nursing licensing bodies across Canada as evidence of language proficiency for licensure. If you completed your nursing education in another country and English is a second or additional language for you, you may consider taking the CELBAN.
CELBAN is a task-based evaluation of those four communication skills. This means that you are tested on your ability to use the English language to accomplish communication tasks.
Examples of communication tasks:
CELBAN scores align with the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB), a descriptive scale of communicative proficiency in English as a second language.
- Giving instructions to a patient
- Completing a form
Benefits of CELBAN
The CELBAN provides a realistic measure of the language skills required to work as a nurse in a Canadian workplace. Unlike other language assessments, CELBAN tasks are occupation specific. Nurses are assessed on their communication skills using tasks that are familiar to nursing practice. These include:
- Giving instructions
- Asking for information
Along with their test scores, candidates receive feedback on their strengths and weaknesses so they know what areas they need to work on.
CELBAN and Institutional CELBAN were developed by and are products of the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB).
Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB)
Address: 200 Elgin St., Suite 803, Ottawa, ON K2P 1L5
Phone: (613) 230-7729
Fax: (613) 230-9305