CLB and CELBAN….help pls..

Updated 2021

do i need to take CLB first before i can take CELBAN?
thank u so much..Β  Greenrose

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Here is my reply, with a few modifications and updates:

Dear Greenrose,

The CELBAN and CLB are two different exams.

The CLB is the Canadian Language Benchmark.

It is used by the Government of Canada to determine which level of English you have achieved, and whether or not you qualify for a LINK program, and is often available for free for people with PR or citizen immigrationΒ  status (there is a fee for Temporary Foreign Workers).

You can take an online test here:

The CELBAN is the Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses. It is a discipline specific English proficiency exam, and is more official than the CLB. There is a fee for everyone taking CELBAN exam.

While the CELBAN’s foundation is in the CLB, the CELBAN is more like the IELTS and TOEFL.

Here is the difference:

  • The IELTS is required for immigration.
  • The TOEFL is often required by colleges and universities.
  • The CELBAN is required by Canadian provincial colleges of nursing.

The CELBAN is often the first step of becoming a nurse in Canada. (The CNO has had this as a dinal step of the process for some time.)

For information about the required mark go to NNAS or your provincial College of Nurses. With the CELBAN-CBT being available online there is much fluctiontion, province to province, once again. Here is a current link, which may change over time:Β 

If you want to learn more about the relationship between the CLB and the CELBAN, check out the Learning Centre at CELBANPrep University!


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