Two reports will be generated and sent out 20 business days
from the date the examinee concluded taking both parts of CELBAN (the CELBAN Speaking Test and the CELBAN Computer Based Test):
Unofficial Score Report (for examinees)
This report will be sent to the examinee by email. The Unofficial Score Report includes test scores and a description of strengths and weaknesses for speaking and writing.
Official Test Results (for institutions)
These results will be sent electronically to a licensing body or institution only. Examinees will indicate where to have their Official Test Result sent when registering for CELBAN. This report contains only the test results. It does not include a description of strengths and weaknesses.
To have copies of the Official Test Results sent to an additional licensing body or institution, complete an Additional Test Results Request Form
. There is a fee for each additional result requested.
Understanding Test Scores
Speaking and Writing
In the CELBAN Speaking and Writing Tests, a trained examiner independently assigns a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level based on a set of standardized criteria, and a conversion process is applied to arrive at a final overall CLB.
Listening and Reading
In CELBAN Listening and Reading Tests, test items answered correctly are added up to determine a raw score. A conversion process is then applied to arrive at a final overall CLB.
In Canada, language proficiency requirements for nursing practice are established by nursing regulatory bodies. Currently the minimum CELBAN scores required for registration are set by Canadian Nursing Regulators and are as follows:
- Speaking: CLB 8
- Writing: CLB 7
- Listening: CLB 10
- Reading: CLB 8
CELBAN and the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB)
CELBAN test results are related to the CLB scale, which is described in the document Canadian Language Benchmarks: English as a Second Language for Adults.
There are 12 CLB levels, and CELBAN test results reflect levels 6 to 10 for Listening, Reading, and Speaking, and 6 to 9 for Writing.