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What is CELPIP ?

The full form of CELPIP is “The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program” which is an English language proficiency test designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent resident status in Canada and Canadian citizenship.

The test measures a test taker’s English abilities in a variety of everyday situations, ranging from social to professional dealing in understanding, interpreting, communicating and writing English. The full test is computer delivered and can be done in one sitting. This test in 100% Canadian.

There are two versions of the CELPIP



The CELPIP-General Test assesses functional Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking skills of the test taker, and is accepted by IRCC as proof of English language proficiency for permanent residency in Canada under:

  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

  • Start-up Visa Program

Various Provincial Nominee Programs

  • Canadian citizenship applications

  • Alberta Human Services – Child Care Staff Certification

  • Alberta Institute of Massage

  • Association of Saskatchewan Realtors

  • BC Health Care Assistant (HCA) Program

  • NorQuest College ELP (English Language Proficiency)


The CELPIP-General LS Test assesses functional Listening and Speaking proficiency of the test taker, and is accepted by IRCC as proof of English language proficiency for Canadian citizenship.

  • Please note that IRCC may change the language requirement at any time. For more information visit:

Test Format

The CELPIP-General Test has four components—Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.

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 whole test is computer based and is done on the computer even the speaking part is done in front of the computer using the headphone and a speaker.


General LS

Listening test: 45 minutes

There are 8 different Listening parts, but only 7 parts will be given during the official test. As you never know which 7 parts you will be doing in the test, its important to be prepared for all 8 parts.

Types of Questions that will come in all 8 parts:

  1. Identifying Similar Meaning

  2. Answering Short Questions

  3. Problem Solving Questions

  4. Daily Life conversation Questions

  5. Listening Dialogues for finding main Information

  6. Discussion based Questions

  7. Questions based on the news item

  8. Questions on the view point on a report presented.


The length of the listening in ever part ranges from 4 to 8 minutes and each part will contain minimum of 5 and maximum 8 questions respectively.

SPEAKING TEST (also known as “Recording Time”): 20 MINUTES

There are nine tasks in the speaking test. In each section the test taker will read a short question on the screen, prepare the response and then record it using a headset microphone provided. The question is not repeated; some may include a picture or a chart. Total of 20 minutes is given to complete all nine tasks in the speaking test.

The nine tasks may be based on the following types:

It starts with a practice speaking into the microphone.

1.      Giving advice

2.      A talk about a personal experience

3.      Describing a picture/ scene

4.      Making predictions

5.      Comparing and Persuading

6.      Dealing with a difficult situation

7.      Expressing an opinion

8.      Describing an unusual situation

In the speaking test the candidates are assessed in four categories and each category is rated on a twelve-unit scale.

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