English Language Proficiency Test Cut Scores Updated

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November 18, 2022

Communicating effectively in English or French is critical to providing safe nursing practice in Canada. The Canadian Nurse Regulators Collaborative (CNRC) reviewed the current language proficiency requirements for the regulated nursing professions to recommend the best approach and method(s) to assess the language proficiency of internationally educated nurses.

In November 2022, the CRNC approved updated cut scores for the CELBAN (Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses) and IELTS Academic (English Language Testing System).

The new cut scores better reflect the language demands expected of nurses at the entry-level to practice in Canada. Read the full press release from CNRC here.

The Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN) has updated our policy to reflect these changes immediately. If you are an internationally educated nurse currently in the application process for registration and licensure in Nova Scotia and feel that the new cut scores will change how you meet the English language proficiency requirement, please reach out to our Registration Services team at registration@nscn.ca to discuss your application.

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