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What is CELPIP ?

Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program(CELPIP) is a general English language proficiency test, which is gaining popularity among applicants planning to move to Canada.

In CELPIP it is easier to score an 8 band (CLB 9 and above) in comparison to IELTS. Most test takers, who could not get more than 6.5 in IELTS, could get CLB 9 in CELPIP and achieve their immigration. However, CELPIP being computer delivered and having a completely different format than IELTS, one needs to be properly trained on this.

CELPIP checks your ability to function in English. It assesses your abilities in various daily settings, such as communicating with colleagues, superiors and juniors, in the work place, communicating with friends and others, understanding announcements, newscasts etc, and grasping, interpreting and be able to respond to written communication.

The CELPIP test is accepted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for:

- Permanent Resident Status

- Canadian Citizenship

- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

- Various Provincial Nominee Programs

The CELPIP Test has two versions: the CELPIP-General Test and the CELPIP-General LS Test.

The CELPIP-General Test is for Canada immigration/PR purpose.

The test has four components—Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.

The CELPIP General is a fully computer delivered test with a total test time of about 3 hours.

The CELPIP-General LS Test

The Listening and Reading Tests contain some unscored items too which are used for test development. These unscored items may be inserted anywhere within the test and will have similar format as the scored items. You will not be able to differentiate scored items from unscored items, so just ignore this fact and just go about answering all the questions in the entire test.

You will be required to read the ‘Answer Choices’ in the Listening section and questions in the Speaking section.

Benefits of CELPIP over other acceptable tests

CELPIP USES CANADIAN ENGLISH AND ACCENTS, unlike mixed accents used in other tests. A perfect Canadian Test for Canadian Visas.

CELPIP is a COMPUTER-DELIVERED TEST: fully computer delivered, allows to complete all test components in one test sitting, with no additional appointments or interviews. Computerized tests offer test takers a quick and reliable testing experience.

CELPIP Scoring

You will receive an E-mail once your test results are available. Depending upon the option you had chosen of Express Rating or Normal Rating, you will get CELPIP Test scores within 3 or 8 business days after your test date. 

CELPIP Score Validity

CELPIP Test scores can be accessed and viewed online in your CELPIP Account for a period of 2 years, from your test date.

CELPIP Test Fees

CELPIP Exam Fees is around $309.

Marking Criteria

There are different marking criteria for each module.

All CELPIP Reading and Listening questions are either multiple choice or in a similar format.  The answers to the CELPIP reading and listening questions are evaluated in an integrated way : the response either being correct or incorrect . The unanswered questions are considered incorrect .

Speaking is evaluated on the basis of Coherence, Lexical range, Listening ability and task fulfilment.

Writing is assessed on the basis of content, vocabulary, readability and task fulfilment.



  1. The listening section has six scored parts and one not marked

  2. The candidate gets 40-60 minutes to answer the questions for all the tasks.

  3. There are six parts in the listening component.

  4. Every clip is played only once.

   Question Type

  • Problem Solving

  • Daily Life Conversation

  • Listening to Information

  • Listening to a news

  • Discussion

  • Listening to a viewpoint


  1. The reading section has four scored and one not marked

  2. The candidate gets 55-60 minutes to answer these questions.

  3. The module has sentence completion, text completion, WH questions, and multiple choice questions.


   Question Type

  • Correspondence which consists

  • Reading to apply a diagram

  • Reading for information



  1. There are two scored tasks in the writing module. It does not include any task which is not marked.

  2. The time allotted for attempting the writing module is 53-60 minutes.

  3. Task 1 is writing an email and Task 2 is a response to a survey question.



  1. here are eight scored parts and one unmarked part in the speaking module.

  2. The duration of the speaking is 15-20 minutes.

  3. The response to each task is recorded automatically.


   Speaking module consists of 8 questions

  • Giving advice

  • Talking about a personal experience

  • Describing a scene

  • Making predictions

  • Comparing and persuading

  • Dealing with difficult situation

  • expressing opinions

  • Describing an unusual situation

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