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CELPIP – A Key Requirement for Wonderful Canada Life

Dear Aspirants,

Are you planning for Canadian immigration?

If yes, then you must need your English proficiency test scorecard as a prerequisite to accomplish your visa process.

Let’s understand the meaning of CELPIP along with the other relevant details with the help of this blog.

CELPIP - A Key Requirement for Wonderful Canada Life
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What is CELPIP?

CELPIP Stands for Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program. It is a test conducted to manifest your capability to function in the English language.

Securing a remarkable score in the test is considerably important to ease your drive towards living and working at Canadian land.

Different Types of CELPIP

The CELPIP test can be divided into two categories which are
  • CELPIP – General 
  • CELPIP – General LS

CELPIP – General

  • The CELPIP – General test examines the candidate’s reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in the English language.
  • This test is primarily useful if you are aiming to apply for permanent residence or professional designations.
  • The total time of CELPIP – General exam is around 3 hours of which 47-55 minutes are committed to listening, 55-60 minutes to reading, 53-60 minutes to writing, and 15-20 minutes to speaking.
  • CELPIP – General exam is an IRCC approved exam to apply for permanent residence.
  • The CELPIP – General test is conducted in various countries including India, USA, Singapore, China, and so on.

CELPIP – General LS

  • The CELPIP – General LS test examines the candidate’s speaking and listening skills in the English language.
  • The test is mainly useful if you are aiming to apply for citizenship or professional designation.
  • The total time of the CELPIP – General LS exam is around 1 hour of which 47-55 minutes are committed to writing and 15-20 minutes to speaking.
  • CELPIP – General LS exam is an IRCC approved exam to apply for citizenship and is only obtainable in Canada.
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Benefits of CELPIP

CELPIP is a computer-delivered test that enables you to enjoy the benefits like spell-check, word count, timer, etc. while undergoing the test.

The test is prepared using simple and easily understandable language and vocabulary.

You can get swift results in just four to five days after completing the test.

An ample range of free study material is available for better preparation and outcomes.

CELPIP v/s IELTS

As I have already mentioned above, you have two options to showcase your English proficiency while undergoing a visa process – IELTS and CELPIP.

Let’s have a brief comparison of these two

  1. CELPIP is a completely computer-based test whereas IELTS is a paper-based test.
  2. CELPIP is more focused on the ‘functional language’ required to tackle everyday situations as compared to IELTS.
  3. CELPIP has a score of 1-12 for each section whereas IELTS has a score of 1-9 for each section.
  4. CELPIP is based on Canadian English whereas IELTS is based on British English.
  5. Both CELPIP and IELTS offer different categories of exams.
 IELTS enables you to undergo
  • An academic exam if you are planning to study abroad,
  • A general training exam if you are planning to immigrate abroad,
  • A UKVI Exam if you want to apply for a UK visa.

CELPIP, on the other hand, also allows you to choose between CELPIP – General and CELPIP – General LS which have been already described in the above section.

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Below is given a comparison table of tasks associated with both CELPIP and IELTS

CELPIPIELTS
Listening7 Components, 40 questions4 Components, 40 questions
Reading 4 Components, 38 questions3 Components, 40 questions
Writing Drafting an email, responding to a survey Drafting a letter, presenting a point of vie
Speaking8 Components3 Components

Understanding CELPIP Test Scores

Having a clear understanding of the scoring methodology is vital to enhance your scores in the underlying exam. Hence, let me introduce you to the scoring methodology of the CELPIP Exam in brief

Every constituent of the CELPIP score is given a different CELPIP level.

Below are given the different CELPIP levels of a CELPIP Test along with the corresponding description. Also, the relevant CLB level equivalence is included in the information for your ease.

Test Level DescriptorCELPIP LevelCLB Level
Advanced proficiency in workplace and community contexts1212
Advanced proficiency in workplace and community contexts 1111
Highly effective proficiency in workplace and community contexts1010
Effective proficiency in workplace and community contexts99
Good proficiency in workplace and community contexts 88
Adequate proficiency in workplace and community contexts 77
Developing proficiency in workplace and community contexts 66
Acquiring proficiency in workplace and community contexts55
Adequate proficiency for daily life activities44
Some proficiency in limited contexts33
Minimal proficiency or insufficient information to assess 22
Not Administered: test taker did not receive this test component 11

CELPIP Listening Score

CELPIP Level Listening Score/38
10-1235-38
933-35
830-35
727-31
622-28
517-23
411-18
37-12
M0-7

CELPIP Reading Score

CELPIP Level Listening Score/38
10-1233-38
931-33
828-31
724-28
619-25
515-20
410-16
38-11
M0-7

CELPIP Writing Score

The CELPIP writing score is calculated on the basis of four categories namely,

  • Content
  • Vocabulary
  • Readability
  • Task fulfillment

and depends on the number of factors like the quality of ideas, the number of words, relevance with the subject, completeness of task, formatting, the use of connectors, and so on.

CELPIP Speaking Score

Your CELPIP speaking score is calculated based on the following four categories

  • Content
  • Vocabulary
  • Completion of task
  • Task fulfillment

and depends on a number of factors like the length of your content, the quality of words, rhythm, the accuracy of grammar, the precision of sentences, and so on.

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CELPIP Test – Important Points to Remember

  • The general order to complete a CELPIP test is – Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.
  • Navigating to the previous section after moving forward is not allowed.
  • You will be able to listen to audio clips only once.
  • You will be availed of the facilities like word count and spelling check while undergoing the writing section.

So, guys, I hope you are clear with the basics of the CELPIP exam now and are all set to get prepared for it. You can Join CELPIP Coaching Today for better insight and results.

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Jaimit Shah

Jaimit Shah is with a strong command over communicative skills, background spanning a commendable experience. He has hands-on experience in end-to-end guidance to assist students ace their required scores in Pearson Test of English, CELPIP, IELTS Academic as well as General and TOEFL too.

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