In the CELBAN Reading Test, examinees will read and demonstrate their comprehension of the passages they have read. The reading passages consist of health related topics that are familiar to nurses. They include charts, patient notes, manuals, and short articles related to health issues. The passages presented in CELBAN are standardized to meet certain criteria for length, complexity, and vocabulary based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks.
The Reading Test is 35 minutes and is part of the CELBAN Computer Based Test (CBT). There are four tasks in the Reading Test. All tasks include a set of multiple choice questions to be answered. The number of questions varies per text, from six to ten. The final task is a passage with blanks to be filled in. Choose from multiple word options for each blank space.
Once the Reading Test begins, the examinee can divide time among the four tasks however they like. The ability to highlight text in the passages, strikeout multiple choice options, and make use of the online scratchpad to record relevant details may assist in answering the questions. Marks will not be deducted for incorrect responses.
Test Taking Strategies
- Become familiar with the various types of texts and vocabulary commonly used in healthcare settings.
- Practice reading and understanding health related texts quickly. For example, understand the purpose of a text.
- Use techniques to infer the meaning of an unfamiliar word by its location in a sentence.
- Provide an answer to all questions.