Preparing for Nursing in Canada
Preparing for CELBAN helps nurses prepare for nursing in Canada. Canadian nursing practice can be quite different from nursing practice in other countries. This might include the scope of practice (what a nurse is allowed to do and expected to do with and for patients) and standards for communication. Canadian healthcare is patient-centred and team-oriented, requiring nurses to understand patients’ needs and desires for their health care and wellbeing, as well as to communicate with patients and their families about shared healthcare goals and priorities. This means that strong communication competencies are required by all nursing professionals.
That’s why CELBAN is a made-in-Canada exam that reflects nursing practice in Canada. CELBAN scoring criteria are referenced to the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB), a communicative language proficiency scale. CELBAN is a task-based assessment that assesses one’s communicative ability to perform certain communication tasks in English. Therefore, preparing for CELBAN means reflecting on and practising how nurses communicate in Canada. Unlike other language proficiency assessments, which may move away from an occupation-specific subject area, CELBAN grounds itself in healthcare – our examinees’ area of expertise.
CELBAN Centre Resources
Policies and Procedures
When preparing for CELBAN, it is important to read the Policies and Procedures
for the exam. This document explains critical information relating to the test experience.
Review the Test Information
sections on our website to learn about the test format, test taking strategies, and rating criteria for each section of the test.
Practice CELBAN Computer Based Test
The CELBAN Computer Based Test (CBT) consists of the Listening, Reading, and Writing Tests. Online practice resources have been developed to allow prospective examinees to familiarize themselves with the CELBAN CBT test format and functionalities prior to attempting the official test. To learn more about the CELBAN CBT practice resources, click here
Test Taking Tips and Strategies
The CELBAN Tip Sheets
focus on the different skill areas and general test-taking strategies. Sample questions feature tasks that will have to be completed as part of the CELBAN and in nursing practice.
CELBAN Practice Handbooks
CELBAN Practice Handbooks
are available for each section of the test and can be purchased from our website. They provide an opportunity to engage with relevant nursing material while practising skills that need to be demonstrated on CELBAN and when communicating in nursing in general.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Training Programs
The best way to gain accuracy in language use is to get some professional instruction. An ESL program, a private tutor, or online self-directed learning programs are all good options. When pursuing language training, be sure to focus on the key language skills identified in the Test Information section of our website.
Nursing Bridging Education
There are many programs available across Canada that provide orientation and language and communication training to internationally educated nurses. If the opportunity is available, joining one of these programs is always recommended. Participation in such a program is great practice for CELBAN, especially when the program offers the Institutional CELBAN.
Working in a Health-Related English-Speaking Environment
Being immersed in English will help one’s fluency and confidence, and is an excellent way to learn by interacting with other professionals. If an opportunity to work in a health-related professional context arises, be active and ask questions.
Test Preparation Programs
Although there are some test preparation courses available at school boards, colleges, and through private providers, we do not endorse any CELBAN test preparation programs. If the decision is made to invest in such a program, make sure that the program is reputable and that good references have been obtained from others who have attended.