There are two parts to CELBAN:
- Group Test (3 hours) – Listening, writing and reading tests
- Speaking Test (20 to 30 minutes) – Interview and role-play
Once you register for CELBAN, you will receive a confirmation email that lists the date and time for your group test and your speaking test. They are not always on the same day, so play close attention to the dates and times you are given.
Test Day Schedule
You must sign in at the test site at least 30 minutes before
the start time. When you sign in, you will be asked to present your primary identification. Your name, photo and signature on your primary ID must match the information on your application form and secondary ID.
Bags, coats, purses or electronic devices (cell phones, MP3 players, recorders, dictionaries or pagers) are not permitted in the testing rooms. Instead, each test site offers a secure area where you can leave your personal belongings. However, neither the test site nor The CELBAN Centre is responsible for stolen items. We encourage you to leave valuable personal items at home on the day of your test.
Listening – 45 minutes
Listen to interactions between nurses and patients, family members and other professionals and answer multiple choice questions.
The listening assessment is a response to five video scenarios in various settings, such as a hospital, home, clinic or medical office, which include interactions between nurses and patients, family members and other professionals. There are also four audio scenarios, such as phone calls and shift-to-shift reports.
Test takers are asked to answer multiple choice questions to demonstrate listening comprehension. In one section of the test, answers must be provided in a chart format where the test taker enters notes from the listening text.
Writing – 30 minutes
Complete a form and write a report similar to those required in nursing practice.
The writing assessment includes two sections:
Filling out a form based on a video scenario (10 minutes).
- Correct spelling
- How well the information is recorded in point form
- Whether or not all the necessary information has been included
Writing a report based on information provided (20 minutes).
- Scoring criteria:
- Grammatical accuracy
- Appropriate vocabulary
Reading – 50 minutes
Read or scan charts, patient notes, manuals and information texts related to health issues and answer comprehension questions.
The reading assessment includes two sections:
- Skimming and scanning (10 minutes)
- Reading comprehension (40 minutes)
You will be given various text formats – such as charts, patient notes, manuals and short articles related to health issues – and asked to answer questions. Question types include:
- Short answer questions (skimming and scanning)
- Multiple choice (reading comprehension)
- Fill-in-the-blanks (cloze exercise)
Speaking – 30 minutes
Answer questions about yourself, your work experience and perspectives and complete two role plays with two certified CELBAN assessors.
The speaking assessment includes an oral interview and two role plays. Two assessors carry out the assessment. During the role plays the candidate is asked to interact with the standardized patient (one of the assessors) by asking questions to obtain information, and to give instructions and offer explanations. During the role play, candidates are also asked to answer questions to demonstrate their ability to narrate, describe, summarize, synthesize, state and support opinion, and advise.
Criteria for scoring:
- Adequacy of vocabulary
- Grammatical accuracy
- Use of communication strategies
The speaking assessment is recorded for future reference to verify your score, if needed.