CoI I heard that the chances of passing [the CELBAN] is higher than IELTS because it is medical in nature and is intended for nurses

I heard that the chances of passing [the CELBAN] is higher than IELTS because it is medical in natureDear Kim,
Thank you for your email. I am an internationally educated nurse from the Philippines aiming to be registered here in BC in the near future. We landed here in …. with my family…Β  I worked in the UAE for more than 9 years before coming here. Now, I am still in the process of completing the requirements for the NNAS application, and just like any other IEP’s , Β getting the required english proficiency test (Ielts) is a bit of a challenge since they require a certain score in each of the categories..I have taken the Ielts Β academic version in the past with an overall band score of 7 in 2010 for immigration purposes. Since it is already expired, i need to provide a recent result to the regulating body in order to begin the process of assessment.Β  I have already taken 2 times in Abu Dhabi last year with only 6.5 band score since I scored less in writing and reading..Now i am contemplating of giving another try here in BC Β this month and if still not successful, I will opt for Celban. I heard that the chances of passing [the CELBAN] is higher than ielts because it is medical in nature and is intended for nurses that’s why i am optimistic that i will also pass the test with enough preparation and guidance/ strategies.
Thank you for the free study guide and practice tests in advance!
Kind regards,

Dear J,

What interesting travel plans. It did take a while for you to settle down, but it is good that you came with your family and they got things established while you competed your contract.

With writing as a weakness, are you aware of what your weaknesses are and why you can’t get a required score?

Have you received any training in turning your weaknesses into strengths?

Would you be interested in a Writing Assessment? With a CELBAN or IELTS:Writing Assessment I can review your writing, and provide you feedback. I will let you know an estimate of how much time it will take to prepare for the exam, and the most suitable resources for you. With this personalized and individualized study plan you will have a better idea of what you need to do to improve your score not only in writing but also in speaking and reading as well.

NOTE:Β CELBAN or IELTS:Writing Assessments are available for a limited time only.

On another note, the CELBAN or IELTS: Grammar Essentials and CELBANPrep Writing Level One teaches transferable exams pertaining to:

  • English Grammar, and
  • test-taking strategies.

As transferable skills, by taking CELBANPrep Writing , and accessing CELBAN or IELTS: Grammar EssentialsΒ  your score with improve on the CELBAN or the IELTS. Even when you study for the CELPIP or any other English Proficiency exam you take: these transferable skills will benefit you! In fact, it will make a difference in all of your life from this point forward!!

As for the question ofΒ Β CELBAN vs IELTS you are right, IENs prefer the CELBAN because it is easier, because it is medical in nature. I have several posts under this tag, on my blog, Dear Kim. (You can use the URL It will take you directly there.)

I am certain you will find support, encouragement and hope herein. Please check out the links, and let me know what you think!





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2 responses to “CoI I heard that the chances of passing [the CELBAN] is higher than IELTS because it is medical in nature and is intended for nurses

  1. Dear Kim,
    the last time I was working as an R.N. outside Canada was 2009. Now, I`m planning to have my Nursing education evaluated by NNAS here in Alberta, am I still eligible to challenge the exam without going back to school? Thanks` Rotche !

    • Dear Rotche,
      How are you doing?
      Have you applied to NNAS? the first step is getting your English and credentials assessed from them. Then they will write a report. You get to choose who to sent it to: choosing from a list of LPN and RN colleges. It is only at this stage that you will find out if you can challenge exams or if you have to go to school. Even NNAS does not have this information until after your assessment is completed and has been sent to the college of your choosing.

      I know that this does not help, the process is not very transparent other than having to start with NNAS, and their first step being providing an English Exam with an adequate score.

      I am sorry I can not help more in this matter.


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