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what is it CELPIP?

It is a general English language proficiency test offered by the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP).

Throughout the world, the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program evaluates an individual’s English language proficiency. CELPIP is administered by Paragon Testing Enterprises, Paragon is a subsidiary of the University of British Columbia. The test consists of 2 versions – CELPIP General and CELPIP General LS. It is a computerized test that is administered in a single sitting.

Test takers can opt for Express Rating if they wish to receive the result within 3 business days. CELPIP results comes within 8 business days.

Due to the fact that the test involves four different modules of English language, Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking, a coordinated support system is provided for each. For example, for the Reading and Writing sections of CELPIP, a computer mouse and keyboard are provided, while for the Listening and Speaking sections, a computer microphone and headset are provided.

CELPIP Tests are Canada’s is one of great general English tests used for immigration and professional designations.

Easy-to-understand English and vocabulary taken from everyday life

The CELPIP Test enables test takers to demonstrate their ability to function in English. In the test, test takers are assessed on their ability to communicate with co-workers and superiors at work, interact with friends, comprehend newscasts, interpret and respond to written material in a variety of everyday situations.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) accepts the CELPIP Tests for a variety of permanent residency and immigration streams, as well as for professional certification.


Following is a list of organizations that accept CELPIP Test results for English Language Proficiency in addition to ICCRC, Real Estate Council of British Columbia, and IRCC:

  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
  • Organizational employment requirements
  • Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA)
  • NorQuest College ELP (English Language Proficiency)
  • BC Health Care Assistant (HCA) Program
  • Real Estate Council of British Columbia (RECBC)
  • Alberta Institute of Massage
  • Alberta Human Services – Child Care Staff Certification
  • Association of Saskatchewan Realtors
  • Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
  • TLC-Edmonton Training for Foreign Caregivers
  • Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC)



General total test time is about 3 hours and is done in one sittingListeningListen to passages and answer questions47–55 minutesReadingRead passages and answer questions55–60 minutesWritingRespond to questions with written answers53–60 minutesSpeakingReply to on-screen prompts verbally15–20 minutes


CELPIP General Test – It comprises of all the 4 modules i.e. Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. The time duration for CELPIP General Test is 3 hours.
CELPIP General LS Test – It consists of 2 modules i.e. Listening and Speaking. The time duration provided for CELPIP General LS Test is 1 hour and 10 minutes.


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