🌎#19 What’s the passing score or CELBAN standard?

Updated 2023

Hi Kim,

Just wanna know what’s the passing score or celban standard in BC. Tnx


Dear A

Thank you for your question. There are so many ways to ask this question; and, I get asked it all the time:

    • What is the score for NNAS?
    • What is the CELBAN passing score?
    • What are the CELBAN score requirements for nurses?
    • What is the CELBAN band score?Β 

    • What is the CELBAN score for CNO?

It is also a good question considering that the requirements for English Proficiency scores and tests were once different province to province, and can and do change over time.

cropped-2023-dear-kim-header-.gifThis is a quote from the CELBAN Help Centre:

There are two true and reliable sources for information about the CELBAN:Β The CELBAN Centre and NNAS.

STEP ONE: Contact the CELBAN Official Website

Check out the website of the CELBAN Centre (www.celbancentre.ca) to get test information. This is the CELBAN official website, adminstered by Touchstone.

β€œSTEP TWO: Learn more from the NNAS

Go to the National Nursing Assessment Service (www.nnas.ca/) website to get answers to the question:

What is the passing score for nurses on the CELBAN?”

In 2020 the required scores were as follows:

  • CELBAN Listening score: 10.0
  • CELBAN Reading score: 8.0
  • CELBAN Speaking score: 8.0
  • CELBAN Writing score: 7.0

NOTE: The required scores can and do change. When I first started CELBANPrep back in 2009, the required score for CELBAN listening was a 9.

As of 2022, due to the shortage of nurses, as a result of the pandemic: in some situations, the scores have changed once again.

The score for CELBAN listening has been decreased to a 9!

NOTE: This change may only be temporary. Stay informed through the links above and the provincial licensing college you are applying to!

The reason that required scores on the CELBAN are so high for two reasons:

  1. Upon achieving the required English score, you may be required to take university-level classes. In order to help you to succeed this standard has been created.
  2. As a nurse, you work in both moderately demanding and demanding situations. Miscommunication puts patients at risk. Patient safety is above all important. You will not be able to continue on your path of becoming a nurse in Canada until you have proven to NNAS and the licensure bodies that you can keep your patients safe by communicating clearly when reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

So taking your English skills seriously is extremely important if you want to become a nurse in Canada. It takes time, preparation, and practice.

Avoid anyone who tells you that you can prepare for the CELBAN in a matter of days or weeks. It takes time to develop the skills, competencies, and applied knowledge to get the required scores on the CELBAN.


Learn more about How to Prepare For The CELBAN.


2 responses to “🌎#19 What’s the passing score or CELBAN standard?

  1. Hi Kim, I am internationally educated nurse. I applied for assessment for LPN which will be done by next year. I have registered for CELBAN exam which will be in August this year. Could you please guide me how can I prepare for exam and what resources are available to study for exam. Thank you

    • Dear Ritu,
      Thank you for your message! Good luck on your application! August is a great goal: lots of time to study.

      Whether you are looking for CELBAN Information, CELBAN Material or CELBAN Courses, check out http://www.HowToPrepareForTheCELBAN.ca. There you can sign-up for a FREE tour of the app-based virtual campus known as CELBANPrep University.

      You can also check out these websites that will help:

      1. http://www.celban.info.
      2. http://www.celbanprep.info.

      Please write back when you have done your research, and let me know what you are thinking!

      I hope that helps!


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