What score range belongs to a perfect score of 10,9,8 and 7 please. …?thanks. Hope you
Can answer me with this.
While your question is simple, the answer is not so simple.
As the CELBAN is an English exam, scores are based on your competencies with the English language when it comes to reading, writing, listening and speaking. Often people think, “Oh, I got a 7 in reading. All I need is one more point to get an accepted score. All I need is to get a few more questions right.”
This is a myth, based on faulty thinking.
The CELBAN score is not about points, it is about benchmarks!
The CELBAN is based on the criterion for determining the Canadian Language Benchmark. Each score is a benchmark, equivalent to a grade. So the difference between a 6 and a 7 (or a 7 and an 8, or a 9 and a ten) is the difference between one grade and another. If you really want to understand the difference of each benchmark check out the Companion Tables to the CLB 2000 (PDF)
. The CLBs for Listening can be found starting on page 26. This is a FREE downloadable document complete with a description of the skills and competencies required for each benchmark whether it be reading, writing, listening or speaking; you can also explore the requirements for a 7, 8, 9 and 10. It is probably the MOST VALUABLE resource you can access!
NOTE: It is said that it takes 100 in class hours to raise a score one benchmark point on the CLB/CELBAN.
So benchmarks include a set of standards or competencies. You must achieve these standards in order to increase your score. You must learn the language, and the influence of the Canadian culture on the language, to increase your score. This is why taking the exam repeatedly is not an effective strategy. This is why practice and attention to grammar is key to increasing your score. It is only when you master the language at a university level that you will be able to pass the exam. Yet most people are only at a high school level.
What does it take for one to go from a high school class to a university class? The answer is a whole year of study, for it takes time to achieve and surpass the benchmarks for each grade.
In 7 Things You MUST Know to Pass the CELBAN, a presentation that I use to give, I explain the benchmarks required to pass the CELBAN. I explained what is required for an 8, a 9 and a 10 in CELBAN listening, as well as the benchmarks for the other skills. Repeatedly, at the end of this live webinar I am told by attendants that they have learned and understood the difference between a 9 and a 10 is not a few points.
The difference between a 9 benchmark and a 10 benchmark is a grade point.
Remember, the full name of the CELBAN is the Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses.
To get a 10 in listening you must spend the time developing your listening skills, and understanding the implications of the Canadian culture on communication.
To get a 10 in listening you must be at a university level. To go from a high school level to a university level takes time, practice and effort.
P.S. This is an update and re-post from an article from 2013. Since then it has been viewed over 2876 people! When reviewing posts created before November 2017, please know they are being updated with information about the CELBANPrep Suite that is now available internationally on Amazon.