‘CELPIP’ a.k.a. ‘Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program’ is an English assessment program run by Paragon Testing System, a subsidiary of the University of British Columbia (UBC). Like all other English assessment exams such as IELTS, PTE, and TOEFL – CELPIP also examines the English ability of the test taker on 4 different parameters: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.
CELPIP is of two types: General and General LS. There’s some difference between both the tests, as they are meant to judge the people on their level of immigration status.
has 4 components (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking) and it’s designed for the people looking for the Permanent Residency in Canada. The time duration of this exam is 3 hours.
LS is for the people who are looking for Canadian Citizenship. This test has only two components: Listening and Speaking. The time duration of this exam is 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Both are accepted by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship in Canada) as the verified English assessment test.
It’s a fully computerized test and a candidate has to give the exam in one sitting. Unlike IELTS, which is often conducted on 2 different days, CELPIP follows the pattern of PTE and TOFEL making it a big convenient for the working professionals.
Note: CELPIP accepts both American and UK English spellings. So it’s a big relief for the people who are often confused about such things.