Online CELBAN Update
21 December 2020
Touchstone Institute and the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks would like to thank everyone for their continued patience during this period of test cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize the sacrifices the community is making to ensure the health and safety of everyone. We continue to work diligently behind the scenes to launch the CELBAN early in 2021, so that you can resume your pathway towards nursing registration.
Going online means CELBAN will be more accessible, giving you the opportunity to complete the test from the comfort and safety of your home. It also requires a shorter time commitment versus the in-person test experience.
The CELBAN exam will be delivered in two parts:
- the CELBAN Speaking Test
- the CELBAN Computer Based Test (CBT)
The CELBAN Speaking Test continues to be an interactive experience offering an authentic and highly relevant context for language assessment. It will be conducted as a virtual interview by a trained CELBAN examiner over Zoom, a video conferencing platform. During the interview, you will speak one-on-one with an examiner who will have you answer questions and engage in role-plays. The examiner will have the ability to share handouts on the screen for you to review and use to prepare your responses to certain tasks.
The CELBAN CBT consists of the Listening, Reading, and Writing components. Test dates will be scheduled through our delivery partner, Prometric. The test can be scheduled at one of Prometric’s test centres or from a private location of your choice where you will be supervised by a remote proctor. Throughout the test, you will be able to use the mouse to highlight portions of the questions or Reading passages. You will also be able to strikeout the multiple choice options with one click of the mouse, and typing will allow for easier transcription of thoughts while completing the Writing tasks.
Our website has been updated with detailed information about the delivery of CELBAN and what to expect from the test experience, including instruction regarding how to register and schedule appointments for both parts of the CELBAN. We will be launching registration in early 2021. Those wishing to register for the exam, please sign up for our newsletter here
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