200 What is the Word Count on the CELBAN Exam?

Updated 2021

Dear Kim,
The above report (1G CELBAN Writing ~ Incident Report. Can you spot the errors?) is 263 words. Do you know the word limit for CELBAN writing task 2 (Incident report )?

What is the word count on the CELBAN exam

Dear C,

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 courses online 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. 
  • IELTS vocabulary is not important. 
  • the medical information is not important. 

What is important on the CELBAN is: grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, medical collocations, and flow.

That is why CELBANPrep has a 3 pronged approach:

3 Steps

Step One: CELBANPrep Writing Level One  with a focus on test taking strategies and Writing Task 1.

Step Two: CELBAN or IELTS: Grammar Essentials with a focus on grammar, advanced punctuation, and sentence structure.

Step Three: CELBANPrep Writing Level Two with a focus on writing in a nursing context: CELBAN Writing Task 2.

This three pronged approach has been successful for hundreds of Internationally Educated Nurses from around the world. (Please check out:

I passed the CELBAN on my first attempt! | Dear Kim

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. The CELBAN online training, CELBAN online courses, CELBAN online classes, CELBAN material and CELBAN reviewers available through CELBANPrep University are trustworthy and reliable. But, please do not take this as your final word: do your due diligence.

Thanks, again, for your question.



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2 responses to “200 What is the Word Count on the CELBAN Exam?

  1. Dear Kim,
    I want to ask how to access the Celban Prep Listening book. I just purchased it few days ago and Iโ€™m confused where to begin. I clicked some videos and some of it are not working. Please help me through your book. Thanks


    • Dear Ingrid,
      Thank you for purchasing CELBANPrep Listening from Amazon. Please ensure you also access the test and answer booklets from http://www.CELBANPrep.info. Because the resource you purchased is an e-book, it can not include printable, downloadable documents. So they are accessible to you from the website. The fees are to cover the additional cost as a result.

      Also, thank you for commenting, asking and seeking help here, on Dear Kim, instead of trashing the work I have done with a poor review!!!! It shows great character.

      Because I keep getting asked the same question over and over again, and expect to get it over and over again: I have added your message and my reply to the About CELBANPrep 2020 page on Dear Kim (where I can add a screenshot that I can not add here.

      If you are still confused, you know how to reach me! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Be Well,

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