Interestingly enough, I received this message on Facebook from Ada, “Please is there any word limit for incident report writing for CELBAN test?” Both of you asked this question connected to the same Dear Kim post!
Today I texted one of My Nurses. Not only did she take CELBANPrep with me, I actually hired her and trained her up as a CELBANPrep Writing Coach. So, not only is she a reliable source, she knows what I am about, what we taught, and how we taught it.
Her reply was, “I remember the CELBAN Readiness Self Assessment Kit (the book the library has) mentions writing a report of 100-200 words.”
What this is doing is telling you that there is a limit, and the expectations are quite short. In all reality how much can a person feasibly write in a matter of 15 minutes? And, if it is a skilled writer who completed CELBANPrep Writing Level One: how much can you write in 10 minutes, allowing for 5 minutes to edit?
- the word count is not important on the CELBAN.
- vocabulary is not important.
- the medical information is not important.
What is important on the CELBAN is: grammar, punctuation, flow.
That is why CELBANPrep has a 3 pronged approach:
Step One: CELBANPrep Writing Level One with a focus on test taking strategies.
Step Two: CELBAN or IELTS: Grammar Essentials with a focus on grammar and advanced punctuation.
Step Three: CELBANPrep Writing Level Two with a focus on writing in a nursing context.
This three pronged approach has been successful for hundreds of Internationally Educated Nurses from around the world. (Please check out:
This step by step process is effective because it allows you to develop one skill set at a time: skills that you will integrate in everything you ever write from here on out!
Communication skills are very valuable to invest in developing!
As for my Writing Coach, she confirmed to me, without disclosing anything about the exam: according to her experience with the exam, there is nothing I need to modify in my training process. But, please do not take this as your final word: do your due diligence.
Thanks, again, for your question.