Benefits of CELBAN
Communication is an integral part of healthcare. Communicative competence promotes safe and effective care, and must be demonstrated by internationally educated nurses (IENs) seeking professional registration across Canada.
A Nursing-Specific Language Assessment
Since 2015, more than 9,000 CELBAN tests have been administered to IENs across Canada. Test takers indicate their appreciation of an approach to language proficiency assessment that is relevant and helpful to IENs as they fulfill the language requirements for practice in Canada.
As an occupation-specific language assessment, CELBAN assesses performance on language use constructs that are typical of the nursing environment. CELBAN test tasks have been carefully designed based on an analysis that is specific to the nursing profession. For example:
- Giving instructions, a routine type of interaction with colleagues and patients
- Gathering information, a critical component of the patient assessment process
- Providing explanations, a critical component of patient education
Positive Washback for Language Learning
A benefit of a nursing-specific language exam is the engagement that occurs in preparing for the types of language tasks and skills needed to work as a nurse. Preparation for the test inherently strengthens the receptive and productive skills required to effectively practice nursing in Canada.
Along with their scores, CELBAN test takers receive individualized feedback on their performance on the Speaking and Writing sections of the test. This actionable feedback comes in the form of strengths and weaknesses from trained language assessors, and is focused on language use for nursing practice. Test takers can apply the feedback to the development of language skills that will support their professional registration efforts.
Reliable & Valid
CELBAN is a valid and reliable measure of English language proficiency. Ongoing psychometric analyses, quality assurance checks, test security measures, and stakeholder surveys allow the test administrators to maintain test integrity. As CELBAN moves forward, Touchstone Institute and the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks remain committed to a plan of responsible test maintenance that involves ongoing development to ensure that the test remains suited to its intended purpose.