CELPIP vs IELTS



Thursday, September 19, 2019


-What is CELPIP ?

   A test designed by University of British Columbia and approved by Canadian immigration authorities to measure your English language proficiency in the four skills ( Reading , Listening , Writing and Speaking )



-Is there only one version of CELPIP ?

    No, two versions are there :

CELPIP-General for permanent residence in Canada

CELPIP-GENERAL LS : for Canadian citizenship.




-Is CELPIP-GENERAL substitute for IELTS General test ?

Yes , you can have either test for Express entry .



– Where can I sit for CELPIP ?

    There are over 33 testing centres across Canada in addition to one test center in United Arab Emirates.

The test is lately  available in the United States of America , India and the Philippines as well.




– How to register for CELPIP online ?

https://www.celpip.ca/




– How much does CELPIP Cost ?


In Canada : 265 $




Is CELPIP test paper-basd ?

     No , it’s completely computerized even writing and speaking modules .

     The CELPIP-General Test is a completely computerized, 3-hour qualification exam that is designed to test the listening, reading, speaking, and writing capabilities of test takers. One benefit of this type of exam is its simplicity. It does not require any personal interviews or appointments outside of the 3-hour exam.
    





– When can one expect exam Results ?

   Results for the CELPIP Test can be checked online within 8 business days. If you want to receive your examination results sooner, you can opt for Express Rating. This will expedite the processing of your results to be available online in 3 to 4 business days.



– Is there any sample or practice materials online ?



Yes , Here are some free online sample tests :


https://secure.paragontesting.ca/InstructionalProducts/


and there are some free online practice tests :


https://secure.celpip.ca/RegWebApp/#/account/sign-in





CELPIP Test Format :

1 – Listening :


47 minutes


Part 1: Listening to Problem Solving  8 questions

Part 2: Listening to a Daily Life Conversation   5 questions

Part 3: Listening for Information  6 questions

Part 4: Listening to a News Item   5 questions

Part 5: Listening to a Discussion   8 questions

Part 6: Listening to Viewpoints      6 questions

Part 7: Unscored Items.                5-8 questions


2- Reading :


60 minutes

Part 1: Reading Correspondence.    11 questions
Part 2: Reading to Apply a Diagram.   8 questions
Part 3: Reading for Information.        9  questions
Part 4: Reading for Viewpoints.      10   questions
Part 7: Unscored Items.                   8-11 questions



3- Writing :

53 minutes

Task 1: Writing an Email

Task 2: Responding to Survey Questions .



4- Speaking:


20 minutes

Task 1: Giving Advice

Task 2: Talking about a Personal Experience

Task 3: Describing a Scene

Task 4: Making Predictions

Task 5: Comparing and Persuading

Task 6: Dealing with a Difficult Situation

Task 7: Expressing Opinions

Task 8: Describing an Unusual Situation.


N.B. :

  The unscored items in the Reading and Listening section are used for test development. These unscored items can be found anywhere within the component and the test taker will not know which items will be unscored .


And now comes the important question :

– Is CELPIP easier than IELTS ?!

    I believe that there is no easier test , but there is a more convenient test and this depends.

    If a test proven to be simpler , all candidates would rush into it , leaving completely the other one.

   Personally , I had a trouble with the speaking part of IELTS. , and had to appear thrice till I got 7 …

  After my second trial , I decided to give CELPIP a try because I thought speaking to a computer for a shy person like me , is more comfortable , but I found that it looked weired and turned again to IELTS.

  For those who find their passion in books and papers , IELTS would be a better choice . On the other hand , younger candidates or those working all day on keyboards , sure CELPIP is designed for them.

IELTS has more practice materials online , while CELPIP official body offers free and paid sample and practice materials to candidates.


  CELPIP looks cheaper but available in only 5 countries , so in many cases , you don’t have the luxury to choose and obliged to go for IELTS

   Whatever you will go for , preparation , practice and hard work is the key to success in both tests.


Good luck all.

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