The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) is an English language proficiency test designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

 

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.

 

 

LISTENING

Time allotted: 47-55 minutes

NUMBER OF QUESTIONS COMPONENT SECTIONS
1 Practice Task
8 Part 1: Listening to Problem Solving
5 Part 2: Listening to a Daily Life Conversation
6 Part 3: Listening for Information
5 Part 4: Listening to a News Item
8 Part 5: Listening to a Discussion
6 Part 6: Listening to Viewpoints

 

 

READING:-

Time allotted: 55-60 minutes

NUMBER OF QUESTIONS COMPONENT SECTIONS
1 Practice Task
11 Part 1: Reading Correspondence
8 Part 2: Reading to Apply a Diagram
9 Part 3: Reading for Information
10 Part 4: Reading for Viewpoints

 

 

WRITING

 

Time allotted: 53-60 minutes

NUMBER OF QUESTIONS COMPONENT SECTIONS
1 Task 1: Writing an Email
1 Task 2: Responding to Survey Questions

 

 

SPEAKING

 

Time allotted: 15-20 minutes

NUMBER OF QUESTIONS COMPONENT SECTIONS
1 Practice Task
1 Task 1: Giving Advice
1 Task 2: Talking about a Personal Experience
1 Task 3: Describing a Scene
1 Task 4: Making Predictions
1 Task 5: Comparing and Persuading
1 Task 6: Dealing with a Difficult Situation
1 Task 7: Expressing Opinions
1 Task 8: Describing an Unusual Situation

 

UNDERSTANDING YOUR SCORES

Each component of the CELPIP-General Test and the CELPIP-General LS Test is given a CELPIP level. Below is a chart of each CELPIP level and its corresponding description. Since the CELPIP test scores have been calibrated against the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels, we have included the CLB level equivalencies for your information.

CELPIP LEVEL CELPIP DESCRIPTOR CLB LEVEL
12 Advanced proficiency in workplace and community contexts 12
11 Advanced proficiency in workplace and community contexts 11
10 Highly effective proficiency in workplace and community contexts 10
9 Effective proficiency in workplace and community contexts 9
8 Good proficiency in workplace and community contexts 8
7 Adequate proficiency in workplace and community contexts 7
6 Developing proficiency in workplace and community contexts 6
5 Acquiring proficiency in workplace and community contexts 5
4 Adequate proficiency for daily life activities 4
3 Some proficiency in limited contexts 3
M Minimal proficiency or insufficient information to assess 0, 1, 2
NA Not Administered: test taker did not receive this test component /

The computer automatically scores the Listening and Reading Tests. Responses to the Writing and Speaking tests are scored by trained and experienced CELPIP Raters.

SPEAKING PERFORMANCE STANDARD:-

CATEGORIES

FACTORS

1. Content/Coherence ·          Number of ideas

·         Quality of ideas

·         Organization of ideas

·         Examples and supporting details

2. Vocabulary ·         Word choice

·         Suitable use of words and phrases

·         Range of words and phrases

·         Precision and accuracy

3. Listen ability ·         Rhythm, pronunciation, and intonation

·         Pauses, interjections, and self-correction

·         Grammar and sentence structure

·         Variety of sentence structure

4. Task Fulfillment ·         Relevance

·         Completeness

·         Tone

·         Length

 

 

WRITING PERFORMANCE STANDARD

CategoriesFactors1. Content/Coherence

 

  • Number of ideas
  • Quality of ideas
  • Organization of ideas
  • Examples and supporting details
  1. Vocabulary

 

  • Word choice
  • Suitable use of words and phrases
  • Range of words and phrases
  • Precision and accuracy
  1. Readability

 

  • Format and paragraphing
  • Connectors and transitions
  • Grammar and sentence structure
  • Spelling and punctuation
  1. Task Fulfillment

 

  • Relevance
  • Completeness
  • Tone
  • Word count

 

 

CELPIP LEVEL FOR LISTENING TEST

CELPIP LEVEL LISTENING SCORE /38
10-12 35-38
9 33-35
8 30-33
7 27-31
6 22-28
5 17-23
4 11-18
3 7-12
M 0-7

CELPIP LEVEL FOR READING TEST

CELPIP LEVEL READING SCORE /38
10-12 33-38
9 31-33
8 28-31
7 24-28
6 19-25
5 15-20
4 10-16
3 8-11
M 0-7

Disclaimer: This example chart shows how raw scores in the Reading Test approximately correspond to CELPIP Levels. Since questions may have different levels of difficulty and may therefore be equated differently, the raw score for a certain level may vary slightly from one test to another.

 

CELPIP TEST FEE:-

 

  • For test sittings on or after February 15, 2018, the fee for CELPIP-General Test sittings in Dubai, UAE will be CAD 340.00, and in New York, USA will be CAD 285.00.

 

  • For test sittings in Canada on or after April 1, 2018, the fee for CELPIP-General Test sittings will be CAD 280.00, and the fee for CELPIP-General LS Test sittings will be CAD 195.00

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