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CELPIP General Test Format

The CELPIP General test is officially pronounced for permanent Canadian residence applications and professional designations by the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The CELPIP General test evaluates a candidate’s English language skills in listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

It is an IRCC approved exam which takes 3 hours to complete.

CELPIP General test can be completed in one sitting with no separate speaking session.

The CELPIP-General test comprises of four sections:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking

Listening

In CELPIP General Listening test, you will be required to listen to the given passages and answer the questions accordingly

You will be needed to read answer choices in the Listening Test and give answer

Allotted time:         47–55 minutes

Total no. of Questions:  38

Section components Skill tasks Number of questions
Practice Task All listening skills 1

Part 1

Listening to problem solving

Question types

Introduction to test-taking strategies

Introduction to vocabulary-building

8

Part 2

Listening to a daily life conversation

Establishing context 5

Part 3

Listening for information

Note-taking strategies of Location and time, main ideas and supporting details 6

Part 4

Listening to a News item

Using abbreviations for note-taking

Synonyms

Note-taking to record facts

5

Part 5

Listening to a discussion

Visual clues

Relevant vs. irrelevant information

8

Part 6

Listening to viewpoints

Recognizing facts and opinions

Differentiating between summaries and paraphrases

Identifying pros and cons

6

 

Reading

In the CELPIP General Reading test, you will be asked to read passages and answer questions accordingly

Allotted time:    55–60 minutes

Total Questions:  38

Section components Skill tasks No. of questions
Practice Task
  • Active vs. passive readers
  • Previewing, skimming, and scanning
  • Getting meaning from context
  • Eliminating wrong answers
  • Improving your reading speed
  • Introduction to vocabulary-building
1

Part 1

Reading Correspondence

  • Skimming and scanning
  • Synonym-matching pair work activity
  • Timed reading
11

Part 2

Reading to apply a diagram

  • Understanding coherence and applying logic
  • Locating specific information
  • Recognizing a writer’s purpose and tone
  • Timed reading
8

Part 3

Reading for Information

  • Understanding paragraph components
  • Identifying main ideas in paragraphs
  • Timed reading
9

Part 4

Reading for Viewpoints

  • Understanding meaning based on context
  • Eliminating wrong answers
  • Identifying viewpoints
  • Fact or opinion
  • Timed reading
10

Writing

In CELPIP General Writing test, you will be required to respond to questions with written answers

Allotted time:    53–60 minutes

Total questions:  2

Section components

Skill tasks

No. of questions

Task 1

Writing an Email

  • Writing emails
  • Email conventions: Greetings, openers, closers, and sign-offs
  • Tone and register
  • Indirect questions
  • Email format
  • Paragraphing
  • Introduction
  • Synonyms
  • Avoiding repetition
  • Time sequencers

1

Task 2

Responding to Survey Questions

  • Note-taking
  • Expressing an opinion
  • Using conjunctions
  • Supporting details
  • Transitions
  • Concluding sentences
  • Timed writing
  • Peer feedback: Identifying common errors

1

Speaking

In the speaking section, you will be required to read questions and reply to on-screen prompts verbally.

Allotted time:    15–20 minutes

Total questions:  8

Section components

Skill tasks

No. of questions

Practice Task

  • Understanding performance standards
  • Review of speaking skills
  • Developing ideas
  • Introduction to vocabulary-building

1

Task 1

Giving advice

  • Organizing your thoughts
  • Giving advice

1

Task 2

Talking about a personal experience

  • Using WH questions (what, when, where, who, whom, which, whose, why and how) for narratives
  • Time expressions
  • Transitions

1

Task 3

Describing a scene

  • Prepositions of location
  • Describing details

1

Task 4

Making predictions

  • Practice: Describing and making predictions
  • Making predictions from a scene

1

Task 5

Comparing and persuading

  • Choosing, comparing, and persuading
  • Inflection and intonation

1

Task 6

Dealing with a difficult situation

Giving effective reasons

1

Task 7

Expressing Opinions

Stating an opinion

1

Task 8

Describing an unusual situation

Weak vs. convincing reasons

1

 

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