CELPIP – Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program

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Listening and Speaking Tips

The Listening and Speaking components of the CELPIP Test are the same for all versions (General, General LS and Academic).

Listening Tips

Allotted time for the Listening component: 30 minutes
Number of Questions: 45

  • Pay close attention to the recordings. The Listening component has five sections totaling 45 questions to be answered in 30 minutes. Because each question can be heard only once, you will need to pay very close attention to the recordings.
  • Move on if you can’t answer a question. If you can’t answer a question, do not spend too much time trying to remember information. This can distract you and prevent you from completing the next sections of the test.
  • When everything else fails, make a guess. Answer all questions. There is no penalty for guessing on the multiple-choice questions of the CELPIP-G Test. If you don’t know an answer, eliminate those ones you know are wrong, and then your chance of guessing the correct answer becomes even higher.
  • Manage your time. Pay attention to the time remaining for each question by looking at the “Time Remaining” box located at the bottom of your computer screen.

Speaking Tips

Allotted time for the Speaking component: 30 minutes
Number of Questions: 16

  • Take the time to practice speaking English. Practice with your friends, family and at work. Remember that the Speaking component is delivered through a computer so there is no human examiner. Practice speaking into a recording device so that you can feel confident during your test.
  • Give full answers. Elaborate your answers by providing enough relevant details. Give the markers as much content as possible to assess your oral proficiency. Do not go off topic, but speak as much as you can in the time allowed.
  • Speak clearly. Speak clearly into the microphone. Before you begin the CELPIP Test, you will be given an opportunity to test the recording device and will hear how your voice sounds.
  • Try not to repeat the words in the question. Use your own words to show the CELPIP markers your full ability.
  • Do not worry about your accent. Unless your accent prevents you from being understood, do not focus on it; instead, concentrate on using good grammar and accurate, varied vocabulary.
  • Manage your time. Pay attention to the time remaining for each question by looking at the “Time Remaining” box located at the bottom of your computer screen.

 

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