Adopted from Canadian English Language Assessment Services (CELAS) Centre

CELBAN™ Speaking Assessment:

• The speaking assessment includes an oral interview and two role plays.

• Two assessors carry out the assessment.

• The speaking assessment is tape recorded for future reference if needed by

assessors to verify score.

• The speaking assessment includes two role plays in which the candidate is

asked to interact with the "patient" (one of the assessors) by asking questions to

obtain information, and to give instructions and offer explanations.

• In addition, the candidate will be asked to answer questions to demonstrate their

ability to narrate, describe, summarize, synthesize, state and support opinion,

and advise.

• Criteria for scoring speaking tasks is based on CLB descriptors:

General use of English language




Use of cohesive devices

Adequacy of vocabulary for purpose


Use of strategies

Speaking tasks demonstrated

• Scores are assigned as CLB levels.

• Total time: 30 minutes

Please note: Feedback on strengths and weaknesses in speaking is provided on the score report that is mailed to the candidate.

CELBAN™ Listening Assessment:

• There are five video scenarios (in various settings including hospital, home, clinic, and

medical office).

• There are four audio scenarios (phone calls and shift-to-shift reports).

• Scenarios include interactions between nurses and patients, family members, and other


• Question format: multiple choice (some in chart format)

• Time: 60 minutes

CELBAN™ Reading Assessment:

• The reading assessment includes two sections: skimming and scanning (10 minutes)

reading comprehension (40 minutes)

• Text includes various formats such as charts, patient notes, manuals, and information

texts related to health issues.

• Question format: short answer questions (skimming and scanning)

multiple choice questions (reading comprehension), including a cloze exercise*

• Scores are assigned as CLB levels.

• Time: 60 minutes

CELBAN™ Writing Assessment:

• The writing assessment includes two sections: form-filling (10 minutes): Candidate

views a video scenario and fills in a form based on that scenario. Report writing (20

minutes): Candidate writes a narrative report based on information provided.

• Criteria for scoring writing tasks is based on CLB descriptors:

Criteria for form-filling:

conventions of form filling (spelling, legibility, point form)

necessary information included (main points & supporting details)

Criteria for report writing:




vocabulary for purpose/content

• Scores are assigned as CLB levels.

• Time: 45 minutes

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