Vocational Pathways Association of Edmonton (VPAE) provides support to people to reach their potential on their career journey, currently focusing on internationally educated nurses seeking to pass the Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN).

Marilyn McGreer is the founder of the association and the lead educator and coach. She has several years experience as a program manager, practical nurse and career coach. She has helped many candidates understand what is required and be ready for the exam.

Read on to learn how you can benefit from the services provided and reach your goal in the nursing profession.

Modules and Coaching

Our on-line CELBAN modules and coaching cover reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This includes print modules (in PDF format), guidance for the listening and reading modules, coaching and written feedback on your writing assignment, and up to an hour of online speaking skill practice with the instructor. Coaching is available by phone or online through Zoom.

  • Listening Module: Four audio Nurse‚Äôs Shift Reports with questions and answers.
  • Reading Module: Four reading tasks with questions and answers.
  • Writing Module: Four writing tasks. In addition to the module, written assignments will be sent as an email attachment. Instructor feedback will be provided on each assignment.
  • Speaking Module: Four speaking tasks. Up to an hour of role-play speaking session for the four speaking tasks. You will be provided with speaking script with a timing breakdown of each speaking component.

Questions and answers are provided for you to self assess your skills as you complete the assignments. Each module includes objectives to review before completing the assignment to ensure you are meeting your learning goals.

Test Preparation

COVID-19 Update: We are unable to provide in-person test preparation at this time. Once restrictions are lifted, we will return to in-person test preparation. This is the Institutional CELBAN Practice Exam, a two-hour session including coaching, completing the practice exam and feedback on results. The practice exam uses the same format as the official CELBAN exam and will assess your readiness for the official exam.


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