CELPIP is a language assessment test that measures an individual’s proficiency in English language skills such as speaking, reading, listening, and writing. The CELPIP test you need will depend on the purpose for which you are taking the test.
CELPIP General Test: If you are applying for permanent residence or professional designations in Canada, you will need to take the CELPIP General Test.
CELPIP General LS Test: If you are applying for Canadian citizenship, you will need to take the CELPIP General LS Test, which is approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for this purpose.
You should confirm which test you need to take with the organization or agency that requires the test results, as requirements can vary depending on the specific situation.
The CELPIP General test takes approximately 3 hours to complete and is done in one sitting. The test includes four sections:
Listening: This section involves listening to passages and answering questions. It takes about 47-55 minutes to complete.
Reading: In this section, test-takers read passages and answer questions. It takes about 55-60 minutes to complete.
Writing: This section requires test-takers to respond to questions with written answers. It takes about 53-60 minutes to complete.
Speaking: In the speaking section, test-takers reply to on-screen prompts verbally. The time duration of this section is not fixed and can vary based on the number of questions asked.
The CELPIP – General test is approved by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Permanent Residency applications, while the CELPIP – LS test is approved for Canadian citizenship applications. These tests are designed to evaluate a person’s language skills in a Canadian context and are widely recognized by Canadian government agencies, academic institutions, and employers.