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CELPIP

‘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.

CELPIP-General

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.

CELPIP-General

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.

Exam Pattern of CELPIP

 

Section Questions Format Time(Mins)
Listening 38 6(parts) 47-55
Reading 38 4(parts) 55-60
Writing 2 2(parts) 53-60
Speaking 8 8(parts) 15-20

LISTENING – Time Allotted – 47-55 Mins

 

NUMBER OF QUESTIONS COMPONENT SECTIONS
1 Practice Task
8 Part 1: Listening to Problem Solving
5 Part 2: Listening to a Daily Life Conversation
6 Part 3: Listening for Information
5 Part 4: Listening to a News Item
8 Part 5: Listening to a Discussion
6 Part 6: Listening to Viewpoints

Reading – Time Allotted: 55-60 Mins

 

NUMBER OF QUESTIONS COMPONENT SECTIONS
1 Practice Task
11 Part 1: Reading Correspondence
8 Part 2: Reading to Apply a Diagram
9 Part 3: Reading for Information
10 Part 4: Reading for Viewpoints

WritingTime Allotted: 53-60 Mins

 

NUMBER OF QUESTIONS COMPONENT SECTIONS
1 Task 1: Writing an Email
1 Task 2: Responding to Survey Questions

Speaking – Time Allotted: 15-20 Mins

 

NUMBER OF QUESTIONS COMPONENT SECTIONS
1 Practice Task
1 Task 1: Giving Advice
1 Task 2: Talking about a Personal Experience
1 Task 3: Describing a Scene
1 Task 4: Making Predictions
1 Task 5: Comparing and Persuading
1 Task 6: Dealing with a Difficult Situation
1 Task 7: Expressing Opinions
1 Task 8: Describing an Unusual Situation
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