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CELPIP-General

The CELPIP – General and CELPIP-General LS Tests are English language proficiency tests which are multi-purpose in nature. It is designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to assess the functional language proficiency in English. CELPIP stands for Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program.

The CELPIP-General and CELPIP-General LS Tests allows test takers to demonstrate their ability to function in English and give trained raters (i.e., test evaluators) ample opportunity to assess the test taker’s performance in the Writing and Speaking Tests. Evaluators are not essential for the Listening and Reading Tests because these are evaluated by a computer. The tests clearly, accurately, and precisely assess a test taker’s English abilities in a variety of everyday situations, which include communicating with co-workers and superiors in the workplace, dealing with friends, understanding newscasts, and interpreting and responding to written materials.

The CELPIP Test is held in two different versions the CELPIP-General Test for PR purposes and the CELPIP-General LS (Listening and Speaking) Test for Citizenship applicants who already hold a PR. The CELPIP-General Test assesses functional Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking skills and takes about 3 hours. You can visit the CELPIP-General web page to learn more.

CELPIP Test

The CELPIP Tests are entirely computer-based. At the test centre, your computer terminal will be protected by a privacy shield. While the shield will block your view of other test takers in the room, you may hear the voices of other test takers during the Speaking Test. However, your headset will partially block these sounds and help you focus on your work during the test. Everything you need for the test, including a computer, monitor, headset, microphone, keyboard, mouse, paper, and pencil is provided for you at the test centre.

You are encouraged to use paper and pencil during the test to take notes, formulate your thoughts, and organize your ideas. Paper and pencil are provided at the start of the test and must be returned at the end. The notes that you make are not to be submitted or scored.

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