Understanding CELPIP Test Format

Apr 27,2022

Understanding CELPIP Test Format

Canada is the dream destination for many international students planning to pursue higher studies under diploma, graduate, and post-graduate programs. There are two main proficiency tests taken by the aspirants willing to study in Canada. IELTS and CELPIP.

Students dreaming of going to Canada on a Student Visa must be familiar with “CELPIP.” However, they must be unknown about how the CELPIP Test can serve the purpose of Studying in Canada. In this article, we will understand CELPIP and its format in detail.

What is CELPIP?

  • CELPIP stands for Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program.”
  • The test accurately and precisely assesses a candidate’s English abilities in different ways, i.e., writing, speaking, reading, and listening skills.
  • CELPIP test results are officially accepted by Canadian colleges, universities, and professional organisations.
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CELPIP Test Format

CELPIP Test is classified into

1. CELPIP General: 3-hour test mainly for Permanent residency applications and professional designations.
2. CELPIP General LS TEST: 1-hour test mainly for Citizenship applications and professional designations for candidates living in Canada.

Let us understand the CELPIP General Test in more detail.

CELPIP General Test is divided into four components:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
Let’s Start with Step 1


The listening test usually takes about 47 -55 minutes, and candidates’ listening skills are evaluated based on what they hear and answer during the test.

SectionNumber of Questions
Practice Task1
Listening to Problem Solving8
Listening to a Daily Life Conversation5
Listening for Information6
Listening to a News Item5
Listening to a Discussion8
Listening to Viewpoints6
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The reading test for CELPIP is about 55-60 minutes long and test-takers will read the text in different formats and answer the questions based on the information given in the text.

SectionNumber Of Questions
Reading Correspondence11
Reading to Apply a Diagram8
Reading for Information9
Reading for Viewpoints10

Part 1: Reading Correspondence

Reading correspondence has an email or letter as a passage on the left and the right 5-to 6 questions will be asked from the email. You will choose the right option from the drop-down to answer these questions. In the second part of this section 5-6 questions are asked as blanks to fill in response to the email.

Part 2: Reading to Apply a Diagram

This test section has 8 questions, and you will be given 9 minutes to answer. In this part, you will be given a diagram, and depending upon the information depicted in the chart, you will choose the right answer.

Part 3: Reading for Information

In this section, the candidate answers the information given in the form of an article containing paragraphs (usually from A to D or E). Questions are asked about the information presented in these paragraphs. You will read all the paragraphs and choose the right option as your answer. There are 9 questions in this section.

Part 4: Reading for Viewpoints

This is the last part of the test, and you will be given approx. 13 minutes to answer 10 questions. The task is provided to you in the form of an article, and different opinions from readers will also be written for your reference. You will be asked to answer the questions depending upon the viewpoints shared about the article.

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Writing test access Candidate’s writing abilities in English. The time allotted for this task is 53-60 minutes. Writing Test has two main parts. You have to write about 150-200 words as your task response.

Task 1: Writing an Email

You will be asked to write an email to someone, and you will be given points that you need to include in your email.

Task 2: Responding to Survey Questions

On the left side of the screen, you will be given information on a survey, and on the right side, you will have options related to the survey. You have to choose among these options and justify why you choose the specific option.

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Speaking test takes around 15-20 minutes. Candidates are asked to talk about different everyday life situations. In every task, you will be given 30 seconds to prepare before you begin and 60 to 90 seconds to speak on a particular topic.

Practice Task

In the practice task, 30 seconds are given for preparation and 60 seconds to speak on the topic. Marks are awarded for this task.

Task 1: Giving Advice

In this task, you will be given 30 seconds to prepare, and you have to speak for the next 90 seconds. You will be asked to provide advice to a friend, cousin, or sibling. A great tip for this task is to structure your speaking part during the time given for preparation. You can begin with how you are authorised to provide any advice; in the second part, give your advice to the person. In the third part, speak about the negative aspect of the other option. Don’t forget to give a nice closure for a good score.

Task 2: Talking About a Personal Experience

Unlike the first part, you will be given 60 seconds to respond. Make sure you manage your time wisely, as you may feel that one minute will be too short for describing an experience.

Task 3: Describing a Scene

You have to speak about a picture for 60 seconds in this part. To communicate efficiently in a given time, describe the image and important objects or persons depicted in detail.

Task 4: Making Predictions

In this part, you will be given a picture again and asked to describe what will happen next. The best tip to attempt this task properly is to add a reason for your forecast and its effect while you speak.

Task 5: Comparing and Persuading

In this task, you will be given two opinions, and you have to persuade another person to agree with your choice. It is a family member or a close friend whom you address in most cases.

Task 6: Dealing with a Difficult Situation

In this task, you will be given a difficult situation, and you have to choose from two options. You will be given 60 seconds and you have to explain why you have chosen the other option.

Task 7: Expressing Opinions

This task is a 90-second long. You are asked to provide your opinion on a given situation.

Task 8: Describing an Unusual Situation

This part is the most difficult in speaking, as you will be talking about an unfamiliar situation. Most of the time, you will call someone to explain your situation. The best advice is to add details in your explanation before you conclude.

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To get admission in the recognized colleges of Canada, applicants have to pass the English Language Proficiency test. There are mainly two exams taken by students willing to Study in Canada: IELTS and CELPIP.

While IELTS is the most popular test most students take, CELPIP has also gained attention these days. CELPIP is a completely computer-based test. Unlike IELTS, which involves generalised concepts, the CELPIP Test emphasises more on everyday situations in its test format.

Most Canadian Universities and colleges accept the CELPIP test. I hope the above information about the CELPIP Test will be Helpful for You. Contact our Visa experts for more details on this.

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Written By

Kirati Shah

Kirati Shah is a certified IELTS/TOEFL/PTE Trainer with 10 years of experience. She is on a mission to provide good quality lessons about IELTS and PTE through blogs and videos that can help students get their desired score and achieve their dream to migrate/study abroad.


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