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All you need to know about CELPIP

CELPIP stands for Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program. Like IELTS, CELPIP is an English language proficiency exam specific to Candian scenario. The certifcation can be used either to apply for Higher education, job opportunities or to prove English Language proficiency while applying for Canadian PR (permanent Residency) or Immigration to Canada. 

The Below image from the CELPIP website homepage summarizes what CELPIP is all about. However, read down the post to get more details about how it can be used for immigration and how the scores compare against IELTS.

Points to Note About CELPIP

  • There are 3 types of tests: CELPIP-General, CELPIP-LS, and CELPIP-Academic. 
  • The one you need for CEC is CELPIP-General or "CELPIP-G". 
  • CELPIP-LS is for Canadian Citizenship 
  • CELPIP-Academic is for Academics as the name suggests.
  • The test comprises of FOUR Categories similar to IELTS (Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening)
  • The registration cost for CELPIP is $250CAD + Tax and is comparatively cheaper than IELTS.
  • The test is quite new, created by UBC with different benchmarks than IELTS. Also the test can be taken only in Canada. 

Details about CELPIP General

Test length
The total length of all three sections is 180 minutes:
Listening: 30 minutes
Speaking: 30 minutes
Reading and writing: 120 minutes

The listening section measures an individual's level of understanding spoken English in everyday situations. It includes the following parts:
Part 1: Matching Statements to Pictures
Part 2: Answering Questions
Part 3: Identifying Similar Meanings
Part 4: Comprehending Dialogues
Part 5: Listening to Conversations

The speaking section measures an individual's ability to communicate orally in English. It includes the following parts:
Part 1: Answering General Questions
Part 2: Interpreting Graphic and/or Tabular Materials
Part 3: Telephone Role Play, Conversation, and News Item
Part 4: Oral Response to a Topic

General reading and writing
The reading and writing section assesses an individual's general reading comprehension and composition skills. It includes the following parts:
Part 1: Reading and Responding to a Letter
Part 2: Reading Diagrams and Tables
Part 3: Completing a Paragraph
Part 4: Reading Passages and Answering Questions
Part 5: Writing Guided Compositions

Testing Locations:
-British Columbia
Vancouver - Columbia College
Surrey - Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Richmond - Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Victoria - Sprott Shaw Degree College

Edmonton - Grant MacEwan University
Calgary - Bow Valley College
Fort McMurray - Keyano College

Regina - SIAST Wascana Campus
Saskatoon - McKay Career Training

Winnipeg - Herzing College Winnipeg

Downtown Toronto - Herzing College Toronto
Metro Toronto - Seneca College (York Campus)
Kitchener - Conestoga College
Ottawa - Algonquin College

Montreal - Herzing College Montreal

-Nova Scotia
Halifax - Mount Saint Vincent University

Whitehorse - Yukon College

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