Understanding CELPIP Scoring Levels

Apr 29,2022

Understanding CELPIP Scoring Levels

Introduction to CELPIP

CELPIP(Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) is a proficiency test taken by professionals and immigrants for permanent residency applications and professional designations.

There are Two Categories of CELPIP Exam

CELPIP General:

  • It is a three-hour test that assesses test takers’ Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking skills. (Mainly for permanent residency applications and professional designations).

CELPIP General LS:

  • The General LS test assesses a candidate’s listening and speaking abilities for citizenship applications and professional designations in Canada. It takes an hour to complete the test.
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CELPIP Score and CLB Level

Each section of CELPIP General and CELPIP General LS has a CELPIP level, usually your CELPIP score. Your CELPIP test scores have been set for reference against the CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) level. 

The following table shows the CELPIP descriptor for each CLB level.

CLB Level      CELPIP LevelCElPIP Descriptor
0,1,2MMinimal proficiency or insufficient information to assess
33Some proficiency in limited contexts
44Adequate proficiency for day to day activities
55Acquiring proficiency in workplace and community context
66Developing proficiency in workplace and community contexts
77Adequate proficiency in workplace and community contexts
88Good proficiency in workplace and community contexts
99Effective proficiency in workplace and community contexts
1010Highly effective proficiency in workplace and community contexts
1111Advanced proficiency in workplace and community contexts
1212Advanced proficiency in workplace and community contexts

Score in Reading and Listening Test

As the reading and listening test of CELPIP contains multiple-choice questions, the CELPIP score is evaluated against the number of correct answers. There are 38 questions in the reading and listening sections. So, the CELPIP level is set according to the number of right answers from 38 questions in each section.

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CELPIP Level for Reading Test

The table below shows the CELPIP level in the Reading Test that corresponds to the number of correct answers. With the increase in difficulty level, scores may vary depending upon the level of question.

Reading Score Out of 38CELPIP Level
0-7M
8-113
10-164
15-205
19-256
24-287
28-318
31-339
33-3810-12
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CELPIP Level for Listening Test

The table below shows the CELPIP Level in the Listening Test that corresponds to the number of correct answers. With the increase in the level of difficulty, scores may vary depending upon the level of the question.

Listening Score Out of 38CELPIP Level
0-7M
7-123
11-184
17-235
22-286
27-317
30-338
33-359
35-3810-12

Marking in Listening and reading is comparatively easy as  it does not count against other marking criteria. But, for the writing and speaking test, expert examiners evaluate the answer against various factors like grammar, structure and vocabulary .

Score in Writing and Speaking

In Speaking Test and Writing Test examiners analyse candidate’s level of communication in response to different tasks allocated .Test -takers are allotted CELPIP level M to 12 depending upon the following criteria:

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CELPIP Speaking Score

The Following Factors Determine The CELPIP Level in The Speaking Test:

Coherent/Coherence:

  • Examiner analyses that the speaker uses a full range of purposes and objectives during the conversation. Speaker’s ability to present information and develop ideas in a complex, clear, and precise manner.

Vocabulary:

  • Speakers are analysed depending on the choice of different words, phrases, and idioms. Examiner also verifies that the candidate uses a wide range of vocabulary precisely.

Listenability:

  • Examiners assess the speaker’s ability in various grammatical structures, a fluent rhythm, intonation, and pronunciation in their task response.

Task Fulfilment:

  • Marking has been done on the candidate’s ability to express their situation and relevance to the topic given clearly. It is also verified that the candidate presents the idea in a proper tone for a specific situation.
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CELPIP Writing Score

A Candidate’s Writing Skills are Assessed on The Following Factors:

Coherent/Coherence:

  • The writer’s ability to express complex formal and informal text using a full range of purposes is checked. Well-developed ideas containing sufficient facts and details with extended descriptions will have more marks.

Vocabulary:

  • Examiners will give scores depending on the choice of words and phrases. Response with a specialised and wide range of vocabulary with precise meaning will carry more marks.

Readability:

  • You must use a range of complex and diverse grammatical structures to ensure a good score in writing. Don’t forget to connect ideas and make transitions between paragraphs to show a good flow of ideas in your task response.

Task Fulfilment:

  • The score is given according to the test taker’s ability to respond to the task with well-structured ideas. Test takers should provide answers that are relevant to the question. You are likely to lose marks if your task response is off track.
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How is The Score Determined?

CELPIP speaking and writing tests are assessed by multiple raters. While a minimum of three raters assess CELPIP Speaking, a CELPIP Writing Task is rated by four raters. These raters are well-trained to analyse specific details in your answer. They work independently of one another.

Benchmarking

Once the initial rating of a test taker’s response is done, the raters are asked for an agreement.If the ratings do not match, a benchmark rater is assigned to assess the performance. A benchmark rater is an experienced rater who analyses minor details and is consistent in his work. Benchmark raters are unknown about initial ratings.

The final speaking and writing scores are then transformed into a CELPIP level.

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Endnote

It is essential to know the format of the CELPIP Test to Understand the CELPIP Score system. At first, it may not seem very clear, but the CELPIP scoring system is designed to provide efficient results to the candidates.

CELPIP listening and reading tests are assessed based on correct answers to multiple-choice questions. While speaking and writing tests, scores are provided considering different language parameters essential for basic communication.

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Neetu Pasi

My carrier journey was started with the service industry, which turned simultaneously into corporate culture: however, having special feelings with language subjects so, I was hands-on with CELPIP and got the opportunity to show cognitive and meritorious skills. Work, which gives peace of mind is or a sense of satisfaction and encourages me every day is as "a Faculty of Aspire".

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