CELPIP

CELPIP

The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) is a general English language proficiency test.

The CELPIP Test allows test takers to demonstrate their ability to function in English. The test clearly, accurately, and precisely assesses a test taker’s English abilities in a variety of everyday situations, such as communicating with co-workers and superiors in the workplace, interacting with friends, understanding newscasts, and interpreting and responding to written materials.

There are two versions of the CELPIP Test: the CELPIP-General Test and the CELPIP-General LS Test. The CELPIP-General Test assesses functional Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking skills. In addition to being accepted by IRCC, the CELPIP-General Test is accepted by the Real Estate Council of British Columbia and Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. The CELPIP-General LS Test assesses functional Listening and Speaking proficiency.

Why Choose CELPIP?

We Use Canadian English and Accents

The CELPIP Test is a Canadian Test and incorporates Canadian English and accents. Individuals wishing to immigrate and adapt to life in Canada will benefit from using the English that they hear and use in their day-to-day activities. Test takers who have been immersing themselves into Canadian culture will better understand and relate to the Canadian English and accents used in the CELPIP Test.

We Provide Computer-Delivered Tests

The CELPIP Test is fully computer delivered, providing test takers the opportunity to complete all test components in one test sitting, with no additional appointments or interviews. CELPIP test takers use a computer mouse and keyboard to complete Reading and Writing components of the test, and a computer microphone and headset to complete the Listening and Speaking components of the test. Computerized tests offer test takers a quick and reliable testing experience.

We Send Quick Online Results

The results of the CELPIP Test are available online in eight business days. Test takers can also choose to add Express Rating so that scores are available online in just three business days. Learn more about Express Rating.

WHO ACCEPTS CELPIP?

The CELPIP Tests prove English language proficiency for:

  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC):
    • Permanent Resident Status
    • Canadian Citizenship
    • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
    • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
    • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
    • Start-up Visa Program
    • Various Provincial Nominee Programs
  • Alberta Human Services – Child Care Staff Certification
  • Alberta Institute of Massage
  • Association of Saskatchewan Realtors
  • BC Health Care Assistant (HCA) Program
  • Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC)
  • NorQuest College ELP (English Language Proficiency)
  • Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA)
  • Real Estate Council of British Columbia (RECBC)
  • Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
  • TLC-Edmonton Training for Foreign Caregivers
  • Organizational employment requirements

The CELPIP Test is available in two versions: the CELPIP-General Test and the CELPIP-General LS Test.

The CELPIP-General Test has four components—Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking,—and the CELPIP-General LS Test has two components—Listening and Speaking.

The total test time for the CELPIP-General Test is about 3 hours.
The total test time for the CELPIP-General LS Test is about 1 hour and 10 minutes.

The CELPIP Test is fully computer delivered, providing test takers the opportunity to complete all test components in one sitting with no additional appointments, interviews, or test sittings required. CELPIP Test Takers use a computer mouse and keyboard to complete Reading and Writing components of the test, and a computer microphone and headset to complete the Listening and Speaking components. Computerized tests offer test takers a quick and reliable testing experience.

CELPIP Writing TASK 1: WRITING AN EMAIL

First, read the prompt carefully and ensure you understand it as best you can.  Be confident in understanding what is required of you, determine the most appropriate answer (or reaction), and the best way to present the response in a CELPIP writing test.

Keeping your eye on time, remember to organize your thoughts, plan your responses, take notes, and always review and edit your work before submitting.

WRITING YOUR RESPONSE—FIRST DRAFT:

Once you have formulated your plan, try stick to it and make adjustments where necessary for the best possible efficient outcome, within the time allocated.

Avoid using too many of the words presented to you in the prompt as you should be able to show a wide-ranging vocabulary when expressing yourself clearly, descriptively, and authentically.

Be mindful of your sentences, grammar, and flow of the text and keep the content varied which shows your command of the English Language during the CELPIP test.

The flow of the response, the length and structure of the sentences, and the style and presentation connect all the content together and it is useful to learn about the different platforms of communication so you know which suitable format to apply, for example writing an email response is different to writing a formal letter that is posted in the mail.

All writing should suit the audience it is intended for, and during a CELPIP test, it is a good indicator to show your awareness of the Canadian culture in the responses that you submit.

EDITING YOUR RESPONSE—FINAL DRAFT:

After completing the content, review it again, and again, and edit where necessary.  Keep close to the word count range allocated in the CELPIP test, and be critical of your grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.

Always do a last and final read after any edit.

CELPIP Writing TASK 2: RESPONDING TO SURVEY QUESTIONS

Conceptualize your ideas by taking notes and extending each idea by listing reasons and how to best present them.

Support your ideas with solid content that has meaning, is written clearly, and is appropriate for the intended recipient.  This includes the tone, style, cliches, and casual references, for example, it would be inappropriate to write to your boss addressing him or her as “hey, mate”.

The structure to your writing affects the flow and continuity of the content. Stay on topic and bear in mind that too many ideas that go off in different directions could be confusing, so finding the balance between too much and too little is key.

It is essential to keep track of time and allow yourself a 5 minute review at the end of a CELPIP writing test.  Write out your response and edit it after until you are satisfied with the overall content, structure, style, and word count requirements.

EDITING YOUR RESPONSE—FINAL DRAFT:

Everyone makes mistakes regardless of language proficiency, so it helps having time left to thoroughly review and edit your work, fix spelling mistakes, grammar, and attend to any wording and structure issues.