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The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) is an English language exam given by candidates for proving English language proficiency. This test is accepted by the government of Canada for immigration purposes. Apart from this, the English language proficiency test is also accepted by numerous colleges, universities and other educational institutions in Canada. The test is conducted by Paragon Testing Enterprises, a subsidiary of the University of British Columbia (UBC). There are two versions of the CELPIP exam CELPIP-General, and CELPIP-General LS. CELPIP General Test The CELPIP General test is accepted by IRCC, Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council and the Real Estate Council of British Columbia. In CELPIP General Test, the candidate is monitored on his/her Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking skills. CELPIP-General test is a popular exam taken by those who want to prove English language proficiency while applying for permanent resident status in Canada under the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Start-up Visa Program, Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and numerous Provincial Nominee Programs. This test is also suitable for those looking for employment. CELPIP-General Test is approved by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

CELPIP-General LS Test

The CELPIP-General LS Test analyses the functional Listening and Speaking proficiency of the candidate. This test LS is given by those who need to prove listening and speaking proficiency for getting Canadian citizenship.

Registration fee

The registration fee for the CELPIP Test is INR 10845. CELPIP Registration Form (PDF) - Registration through this form can be done within Canada only. To register for a CELPIP Test, candidates need to make payment through Money order. Registration for the CELPIP test closes one business day before the test date or if the sitting is full, whichever is earlier.

Express Rating Fee:

Express Rating – General Test $100.00 CAD + tax ($150.00 CAD + tax for international testing) Express Rating – General LS Test $70.00 CAD + tax Regular Rating – General Test and -- General LS Test Free


Tests CELPIP-General CELPIP-General LS Components • Listening • Reading • Writing • Speaking • Listening • Speaking Test time 3 hours 1 hour and 10 minutes


The total time allotted for this section is 47-55 minutes. S.No. Focus Area Skills Required/ Tested 1 • Listening Test, Part 1 • Question types • Introduction to test-taking strategies • Introduction to vocabulary-building 2 • Listening Test, Part 2 • Listening Test, Part 3 • Establishing context • Note-taking strategies: Location and time • Note-taking strategies: Main ideas and supporting details 3 • Listening Test, Part 4 • Using abbreviations for note-taking • Synonyms • Note-taking to record facts 4 • Listening Test, Part 5 • Visual clues • Relevant vs. irrelevant information 5 • Listening Test, Part 6 • Recognizing facts and opinions • Differentiating between summaries and paraphrases • Identifying pros and cons 6 • Practice Listening Test • Test review and error analysis • Course review • All Listening Test skills


The total time allotted for this section is 55-60 minutes. S.No. Focus Area Skills Tested 1 • Overview of the Reading Test • Active vs. passive readers • Previewing, skimming, and scanning • Getting meaning from context • Eliminating wrong answers • Improving your reading speed • Introduction to vocabulary-building 2 • Reading Test, Part 1 • Skimming and scanning • Synonym-matching pair work activity • Timed reading 3 • Reading Test, Part 2 • Understanding coherence and applying logic • Locating specific information • Recognizing a writer’s purpose and tone • Timed reading 4 • Reading Test, Part 3 • Understanding paragraph components • Identifying main ideas in paragraphs • Timed reading 5 • Reading Test, Part 4 • Understanding meaning based on context • Eliminating wrong answers • Identifying viewpoints • Fact or opinion • Timed reading 6 • Practice Reading Test • Test review and error analysis • All Reading Test skills


The time allotted for this section is 53-60 minutes. S.No. Focus Area Skills Tested 1 • Overview of the Writing Test • Precision and meaning • Understand performance standards • Identifying common errors • Introduction to vocabulary-building 2 • Writing Test, Task 1 • Writing emails • Email conventions: Greetings, openers, closers, • and sign-offs • Tone and register • Indirect questions 3 • Writing Test, Task 1 • Introduction • Email format • Paragraphing • Synonyms • Avoiding repetition • Time sequencers 4 • Writing Test, Task 2 • Note-taking • Expressing an opinion • Using conjunctions • Supporting details 5 • Writing Test, Task 2 • Transitions • Concluding sentences • Timed writing • Peer feedback: Identifying common errors 6 • Analysis of sample responses • Practice and peer feedback • Test and individual feedback sessions • All Writing Test skills


15-20 minutes are allotted for this section. S. No. Focus Area Skills Tested 1 • Overview of the Speaking Test • Review of speaking skills • Understand performance standards • Develop ideas • Introduction to vocabulary building 2 • Speaking Test, Task 1 • Speaking Test, Task 2 • Giving advice • Organize your thoughts • Using WH questions for narratives • Time expressions • Transitions 3 • Speaking Test, Task 3 • Speaking Test, Task 4 • Describing details • Prepositions of location • Making predictions from a scene • Practice: Describing and making predictions 4 • Speaking Test, Task 5 • Speaking Test, Task 6 • Inflection and intonation • Choosing, comparing, and persuading • Giving effective reasons 5 • Speaking Test, Task 7 • Speaking Test, Task 8 • Stating an opinion • Weak vs. convincing reasons 6 • Analysis of sample responses • Practice and peer feedback • Test and individual feedback sessions • All Speaking Test skills

Test Center

The CELPIP Test is available in more than 60 locations across the globe including Canada. However, there is only one test center in India. Also, here in India, candidates can only take CELPIP-General Test. Address: Chandigarh - Canadian Centre for Success Private Limited B412, 4th Floor, Elante Offices Industrial Area Phase I Chandigarh, CH IN

Who accepts CELPIP?

• Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC): o Permanent Resident Status o Canadian Citizenship o Canadian Experience Class (CEC) o Start-up Visa Program o Numerous Provincial Nominee Programs o Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) o Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) • Alberta Institute of Massage • Alberta Human Services – Child Care Staff Certification • Association of Saskatchewan Realtors • Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) • BC Corrections • BC Health Care Assistant (HCA) Program • Professional Business Accountants’ Society of Canada • NorQuest College ELP (English Language Proficiency) • Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) • Organizational employment requirements • Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission • Real Estate Council of British Columbia (RECBC) • TLC-Edmonton Training for Foreign Caregivers