Academy of British English

The CELPIP-General Test score is provided in four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. Below is given a chart of each CELPIP level and its corresponding description. Since the CELPIP-General Test scores have been calibrated against the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) levels, we have included CLB level equivalencies for your information.

CELPIP LEVEL CELPIP DESCRIPTOR CLB DESCRIPTOR CLB LEVEL
11, 12 Advanced proficiency in workplace and community contexts Fluent advanced proficiency 12
11, 12 Advanced proficiency in workplace and community contexts Adequate advanced proficiency 11
10 Highly effective proficiency in workplace and community contexts Developing advanced proficiency 10
9 Effective proficiency in workplace and community contexts Initial advanced proficiency 9
8 Good proficiency in workplace and community contexts Fluent intermediate proficiency 8
7 Adequate proficiency in workplace and community contexts Adequate intermediate proficiency 7
6 Developing proficiency in workplace and community contexts Developing intermediate proficiency 6
5 Acquiring proficiency in workplace and community contexts Initial intermediate proficiency 5
4 Adequate proficiency for basic daily life activities Fluent basic proficiency 4
3 Some proficiency in limited contexts Adequate basic proficiency 3
M Minimal proficiency or insufficient information to assess Initial or developing basic proficiency 0, 1, 2

The computer automatically scores the Listening and Reading Tests. Each of these tests has several varieties of multiple choice questions following a Listening audio clip, a video clip, or a Reading passage. The answers are presented in a drop-down menu, and test takers use the computer mouse to select their answer to the question.

Human raters assess and score the Writing and Speaking Tests. Test takers compose their Writing responses on the computer, and Speaking responses are recorded on the computer using a headset. These responses are sent to the Paragon office, where they are scored by trained and experienced raters.

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