• January 4, 2022

CELPIP stands for Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program governed by the Canadian government for immigration purposes. The test is accepted by universities, workplaces and educational institutes. CELPIP exam is Canada’s premier English proficiency test for permanent residence, citizenship and office. CELPIP test lets individuals exhibit their proficiency in the English language to the education organisations or professional organisations. The test assesses the ability of individuals’ proficiency in the English language with great accuracy and precision. The test lets individuals demonstrate the way they can communicate with their colleagues or superiors at the offices for interacting with peers, grasping social information, data interpretation and reacting to the written documents. CELPIP test is available for people to exhibit their communication skills in verbal and nonverbal forms for immigration for professional designation.

Individuals can apply for Canadian Visa through the CELPIP test. To apply for the test, the individuals have to register through the official website of CELPIP. All the necessary details along with the key identification document have to be submitted. The candidate has to select a suitable test date and centre for the test. CELPIP test dates are designed with high frequency to enable the individuals to appear for the test as per their needs. After the formalities, online payment has to be performed for booking the seat.  CELPIP test fees for 2021 is $340 CAD + Taxes. In UAE, individuals can appear for the CELPIP test at TEPTH test centre. CELPIP Toronto and CELPIP Calgary are some of the test centres.

What is the difference between the CELPIP – General and CELPIP – General LS?

CELPIP test format has been categorised based on the purpose of immigration. CELPIP general test evaluates the English Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing abilities for professional designation. It is a 3-hour test which has to be completed in one sitting. CELPIP General test has been approved by IRCC for permanent residency applications. In CELPIP Listening certain audios are provided to the individuals based on which questions have to be answered. In the reading test, passages are given in a written form to answer some questions. In the CELPIP Writing Test, questions have to be answered in the written format and the CELPIP Speaking test, the candidates have to reply to the online questions verbally.  

CELPIP General LS test analyses individuals’ ability to speak and listen to the English content. That is specifically designed for people migrating for citizenship in Canada. CELPIP test online format is conducted for an hour. Candidates have to complete it in a single sitting. CELPIP general LS test is also IRCC approved for Canadian citizenship applications.  CELPIP general LS test comprises of a Listening test consisting of audio passages that have to be answered by the candidates and a Speaking test is same as CELPIP general test.

What band is required to clear the Test?

The highest CELPIP score is 12 whereas the lowest score is below 3. Candidates have to score at least above the band 3 to gain admission in Canada. CELPIP test score 8 is considered as an average or mean score that lets the candidates be average achievers in the intended organisation.

CELPIP score chart for General Test percentage distribution of the score.

Band Listening Reading Writing Speaking
12 11.0% 23.9% 0.1% 5.0%
11 12.9% 7.9% 0.4% 5.1%
10 11.3% 7.7% 1.8% 3.4%
9 9.2% 12.8% 5.8% 5.5%
8 20.9% 11.1% 32.2% 16.3%
7 11.7% 10.1% 29.7% 17.6%
6 9.5% 9.6% 19.2% 29.5%
5 6.1% 6.4% 7.3% 11.7%
4 5.0% 5.4% 2.4% 4.4%
3 2.0% 2.5% 0.9% 1.2%
M¹ 0.6% 2.5% 0.2% 0.3%


CELPIP score chart for General LS Distribution (in %) of Test Takers

Band Listening Speaking
12 4.0% 1.0%
11 5.8% 1.3%
10 6.4% 1.4%
9 5.8% 3.3%
8 16.2% 11.2%
7 12.0% 14.4%
6 13.5% 29.9%
5 12.0% 20.4%
4 13.5% 11.1%
3 7.6% 4.0%
M¹ 3.1% 1.9%


Is it that CELPIP and IELTS are similar, why choose CELPIP and why not IELTS?

CELPIP and IELTS both are widely accepted English Language Proficiency Tests designed to check the abilities of the candidates for their immigration purposes. Both the tests have different scoring bands and scoring systems. However, CELPIP is considered more practical if a candidate desires to move to Canada for educational, professional or immigration purposes. CELPIP test has been based more on functional assessment than IELTS. CELPIP consists of the scenarios and experiences that a candidate may face in real life at an educational institution or professional organisation. CELPIP vs IELTS cannot be measured distinctively as both the tests have standard format and scores. The CELPIP test uses Canadian English and North American accents in the Listening section. IELTS exam is conducted in two sittings whereas the CELPIP is conducted in just one sitting. IELTS is a paper-based test and the speaking section is done in a face to face interview whereas CELPIP is completely computer-based. CELIP results are generated within 5 days of the test.  

While selecting the suitable test format, a candidate must focus on the purpose of migration and place of migration. Among the two which test format is more suitable is a contributing factor in the selection. Additionally, the candidate must select the test after evaluating the relevance of both the tests in further education or career.

How does Knowledge Point Institute help students to achieve his/her best score?

Knowledge Point Institute is the best CELPIP test training in Dubai to acquire language skills and to prepare for CELPIP. We have gained extensive experience in preparing candidates for language proficiency examinations to excel in their desired career fields. Knowledge Point Institute offers students rigorous practice on a variety of tasks to make the candidates ready for their real-life experiences. We provide students with free CELPIP practice tests and CELPIP sample tests. Each question is discussed to broaden students’ thinking. Students prepare for tests through numerous and extensive types of passages for reading, script analysis, and editing at our centre.

We have developed a standard faculty to train the candidates to develop their English language and be proficient in verbal and non-verbal forms. Through our extensive training sessions and practice tests, candidates feel confident in speaking and articulating. Knowledge Point Institutes offers the students with high feature classroom facilities along with various forms of learning. We offer online and offline training to the students to address their learning issues.